Bumps to Babies Photography
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Baby Footprint

Welcome to Bumps to Babies Photography!...

We are thrilled for you for the miracle that will soon take place in your life and family, and we hope that you will allow us to be there to capture all of the wonderful moments leading up to, and after the arrival of your baby!

On this page, you will find all the relevant information you need to know about our maternity photography and newborn photography services, as well as our "Birth Story" photography (more commonly known as birth photography) option that we are offering in the Chicago area. We have provided some information that will answer questions you may have about the birth photography process. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail us and we will get back with you.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope to be your photographer of choice as you enter into parenthood or welcome another child into your family!


Baby Foot Print The Birth Story Process

Our approach...real moments on location

Our goal is to be an observer of the most tender and precious moments of your life, and to capture those moments in a way that will chronicle the real emotions and events leading up to, and after the birth of your baby. There is no better way to do this than to choose natural settings and use natural elements to create the real life settings for your photos, and capture the real time experiences.

Whether tender moments in a park with your spouse and other children during pregnancy, or nurturing moments as you rock your baby to sleep in the nursery rocking chair, these moments, as well as posed shots will be captured to compile your child's birth story and portrait collection.

Our photography style utilizes as much natural lighting that is available on location. In addition, we also offer portrait quality photos using portable backgrounds and strobe lighting.

Maternity/Pregnancy Photography Session - (2-3 hours/75 photos): The initial maternity session is comprised of "bump" (belly) shots, and photos taken with your spouse and any children you may already have. This session will occur during the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy. Session shoots can take place in your home or other location of your choice.

Labor and Delivery Photography Session - (no max. time limit/75-100 photos): This session will capture the moments when your little one enters the world. We will take shots of you during labor, your spouse, and even other loved ones in the waiting area. It is our policy that no private or graphic shots will be taken unless it is specifically requested.

Newborn Photography Session - (2-3 hours/75 photos): This newborn session can take place the day after you arrive home, or within the first couple of weeks after delivery, once everyone has had a chance to relax and adjust at home. This will be the opportunity to get your newborn in some creative poses and shots, as well as capture some great family moments.


Baby Footprint Things to Know about labor and delivery/hospital photography...

Your physician or birthing facility may reserve the right to restrict photography during labor and delivery. If you intend to contract with us for the complete birth story package or solely for labor and delivery photography services, please verify the official policies with your doctor and hospital. Also know that your physician's policies may differ from the hospital's policies, and your birthing facility may make the final decision. We will need to discuss this at the time of your booking.

If your doctor or facility restricts photography specifically during delivery, verify with your doctor the ability for us come to the hospital once you are admitted to do any "before" photographs that maybe be allowed, as well as "after" shots once your baby is delivered. It is likely that in these circumstances, your photographer will still be able to get the important shots, documenting as much of the birth story sequence as possible.

If you learn after contracting with us that your doctor or hospital will not allow labor and delivery photography, you can still book separate maternity and newborn photography sessions with us and your deposit will be applied toward those sessions.

Due to some hospital or birthing center restrictions, you may be limited to the number of "support" people that you will be allowed to have in the room during labor and delivery. Please note that if there are no restrictions about photography during labor and delivery, it may be that the photographer counts as one of your support persons.

If you are scheduled to have delivery via Cesarean procedure, photography will most likely not be allowed during the procedure itself. Again, please verify with your doctor and hospital regarding the policies for photography before and after the procedure.

Baby Footprint Our Philosophy

Overall, the goal during the labor and delivery photo session is for your photographer to be as non-intrusive as possible. Therefore the only equipment brought in will be the camera, and all photos will be shot in natural lighting (No flash will be used as to prevent any possible disruption). Your photographer will witness the event as an observer, and the photos will be taken in that nature, so as not to disturb or interrupt the attending medical staff.

Please note that if any event occurs in the delivery room that requires treatment or urgent medical attention for you or your baby, or causes the planned delivery method to change (i.e., C-section), inevitably your photographer will be required to leave the delivery room for the remaining duration of your labor and delivery. Your photographer will stand by and try to get additional shots once the baby is delivered, unless otherwise restricted. Keep in mind that the most important thing is that you have a safe and controlled labor and delivery, and ultimately your doctor and nurse’s job is more important than ours.

If you plan to deliver your baby at a midwives facility in Illinois, please note that these deliveries may still be overseen by a licensed Ob/Gyn, and therefore the doctor’s preference may be taken into consideration concerning photography in the delivery room.

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