FAQ

FAQ

How much do birth photographers charge?
There are differing levels of birth photographers in the industry. In addition the packages (and what’s included) that are offered may vary from photographer to photographer so it’s important to be sure of what you are comparing. A very experienced master photographer will most likely offer packages upwards of R8,000 while a professional with a good amount of experience is likely to offer between R5,000 and R7,000. A photographer with less experience in the industry will most probably be charging in the region of up to R3,500 for a birth.
What part of the birth is covered? When does the birth photographer arrive?
Most birth stories are documented by the photographer from about the time that mommy is around 6cm dilated, or contractions are 5 minutes apart, until about an hour or two after the birth. It’s important to include the build up to the birth in your story as well as the bonding as the family meets and gets to know one another after baby is born. The exact amount of time included will vary from photographer to photographer and may depend on the specific circumstances of the birth. For a C-Section birth the photographer will normally arrive about and hour or two before the scheduled theatre time and will also stay for an hour or two after the birth.
What if I don’t want explicit birth photographs taken?
As GABP birth photographers we make sure that we discuss your needs before the time. That way we know where your boundaries are and what you’d like us to include/exclude. We will document and tell your story in a way that you are comfortable with.
Is permission required from the hospital and doctor? And who gets this permission?
Permission is absolutely necessary from the gynae/midwife and hospital in order for a birth photographer to document your birth story. It is your responsibility to speak to your gynae/midwife and hospital to gain their permission as well as to get the necessary paperwork completed. Your GABP photographer will provide you with a consent document to be presented to your caregiver and hospital for signature. One of GABP’s goals is to improve access to Gauteng hospitals for birth photography and your GABP photographer will do her best to try and assist you if you are struggling with permission.
My gynae/hospital won’t allow birth photography or won’t allow a birth photographer into the theatre for my C-Section but I’d really like to document my birth story. What should I do?
Access to hospital theatres is the prerogative of hospital management and it does happen from time to time that permission will not be granted for a birth photographer in theatre. We are confident that we can still document your birth story without actually being in the theatre as the actual birth is but one part of the whole story. We will work with you to ensure that we incorporate the photos that YOU are allowed to take in the theatre. We recommend that if you are able to arrange ward and nursery access we’ll still be able to make a wonderful reflection of your birth experience.
Why does my birth photographer insist on having a backup photographer? Does that mean that I might have a stranger photographing my birth?
GABP Members adhere to a Code of Conduct and the highest industry standards. Your birth only happens once so it is essential that we make sure we are there. As responsible business owners we prepare for every eventuality. This includes the possibility that we may be seriously injured on the way to the hospital. Furthermore we will not endanger the health of our clients by attending a birth if we are sick in any way. We take extraordinary measures to ensure that we stay healthy but we make sure that we have a backup just in case. Note that the necessity for the back up photographer to ultimately attend the birth is extremely unusual and you are more than welcome to ask your photographer to introduce you to the back up photographer if that would make you feel comfortable.
What if I don’t want my birth photos shared on social media?
Your birth photographer should always ask for your express permission before they share or use any of your photos. In cases where you do give permission for your photos to be used they will be carefully selected and will not be explicit. Permission will also be requested before entering any industry competitions.
How much do birth photographers charge?
There are differing levels of birth photographers in the industry. In addition the packages (and what’s included) that are offered may vary from photographer to photographer so it’s important to be sure of what you are comparing. A very experienced master photographer will most likely offer packages upwards of R8,000 while a professional with a good amount of experience is likely to offer between R5,000 and R7,000. A photographer with less experience in the industry will most probably be charging in the region of up to R3,500 for a birth.
What part of the birth is covered? When does the birth photographer arrive?
Most birth stories are documented by the photographer from about the time that mommy is around 6cm dilated, or contractions are 5 minutes apart, until about an hour or two after the birth. It’s important to include the build up to the birth in your story as well as the bonding as the family meets and gets to know one another after baby is born. The exact amount of time included will vary from photographer to photographer and may depend on the specific circumstances of the birth. For a C-Section birth the photographer will normally arrive about and hour or two before the scheduled theatre time and will also stay for an hour or two after the birth.
What if I don’t want explicit birth photographs taken?
As GABP birth photographers we make sure that we discuss your needs before the time. That way we know where your boundaries are and what you’d like us to include/exclude. We will document and tell your story in a way that you are comfortable with.
Is permission required from the hospital and doctor? And who gets this permission?
Permission is absolutely necessary from the gynae/midwife and hospital in order for a birth photographer to document your birth story. It is your responsibility to speak to your gynae/midwife and hospital to gain their permission as well as to get the necessary paperwork completed. Your GABP photographer will provide you with a consent document to be presented to your caregiver and hospital for signature. One of GABP’s goals is to improve access to Gauteng hospitals for birth photography and your GABP photographer will do her best to try and assist you if you are struggling with permission.
My gynae/hospital won’t allow birth photography or won’t allow a birth photographer into the theatre for my C-Section but I’d really like to document my birth story. What should I do?
Access to hospital theatres is the prerogative of hospital management and it does happen from time to time that permission will not be granted for a birth photographer in theatre. We are confident that we can still document your birth story without actually being in the theatre as the actual birth is but one part of the whole story. We will work with you to ensure that we incorporate the photos that YOU are allowed to take in the theatre. We recommend that if you are able to arrange ward and nursery access we’ll still be able to make a wonderful reflection of your birth experience.
Why does my birth photographer insist on having a backup photographer? Does that mean that I might have a stranger photographing my birth?
GABP Members adhere to a Code of Conduct and the highest industry standards. Your birth only happens once so it is essential that we make sure we are there. As responsible business owners we prepare for every eventuality. This includes the possibility that we may be seriously injured on the way to the hospital. Furthermore we will not endanger the health of our clients by attending a birth if we are sick in any way. We take extraordinary measures to ensure that we stay healthy but we make sure that we have a backup just in case. Note that the necessity for the back up photographer to ultimately attend the birth is extremely unusual and you are more than welcome to ask your photographer to introduce you to the back up photographer if that would make you feel comfortable.
What if I don’t want my birth photos shared on social media?
Your birth photographer should always ask for your express permission before they share or use any of your photos. In cases where you do give permission for your photos to be used they will be carefully selected and will not be explicit. Permission will also be requested before entering any industry competitions.