Colette was absolutely incredible to work with from day one. As a birth worker myself, I was feeling super picky about who could be present during our birth. She went above and beyond my expectations by spending extra time with me, just sitting and listening about my concerns, birth plans and wishes. When my birth plan took a nose dive due to complications, Colette was so comforting and compassionate. She was quiet as a mouse and almost invisible most of the time, yet showed up exactly when I needed something - be it bobby pins or a gentle reminder that I was safe and supported. Colette’s presence at my birth, WITHOUT the photos, was crucial to my experience. She took time to process things with me after, too. Oh...and the photos? Have you SEEN them? Everyone is obsessed with the work this girl did for us. Most people cry when viewing the photos, most comment that they wish they’d done this with their births (hired a birth photographer), and several have even mentioned that some of these photos need to be submitted to use in hospital fliers or magazines...we have photos that perfectly depict the love, strength, terror, uncertainty, faith, hope and sheer joy that birth brings. Such talent exists in Colette. This isn’t about snapping photos of an event. It’s about meshing with the birth team, understanding the birth process, being able to relate personally to what a mother is experiencing and providing the ultimate reflection of how beautiful birth truly is, regardless of the surrounding circumstances.
Colette does amazing work with her photography but she goes out of her way to make you feel special and cared for. The photos hold a memory I will never forget as a father delivering my son into this world. The moments she captured, I now will always have as a memory I can actually see instead of going off of memory. If you are a soon to be parent that doesn’t think that photos from a birth are worth it, the biggest take away is this is a moment in time that the world stands still that you will always look back on with great pride and accomplishment. Let the pictures help with that memory and continue to bring the joy and happiness of that moment. I personally wasn’t sure about paying the cost, but when I look back on it, it was worth it and then some. Thanks Colette!
Hire Colette! Seriously do it! You’ll be so happy with the entire experience from the first meeting to emails chatting throughout your pregnancy to the check-ins after you’re home with your new baby. She’s fantastic, amazing, oh and a pretty brilliant photographer as well! I’m so glad we chose her for our birth photographer!
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful photography you did for our Eliannah’s birth, Having you in the room was such a comfort to me and I’m so grateful you got to share such precious moments with us. You have such a gift to capture the experience. May God bless you in this new business venture. Thank you for the beautiful memories!
My decision to hire Colette as my birth photographer was the best investment I made to capture my son’s birth. There were so many moments and emotions throughout labor and post delivery that I didn’t see, and she captured them so well that every time I look at the photos or the birth video tears of joy fill my eyes. Colette was professional but personable all throughout the process and I’d encourage anyone looking to hire a birth photographer to hire Colette. Her work is amazing and worth the investment.
I LOVE the way you captured and told our story! It’s really special to have such a beautiful portrayal that does the memories more than justice. I didn’t have quality pictures of my first birth, I just have my memories which are mostly sensations and thoughts, not images because I had my eyes closed the whole time! I cherish those memories of course, but I’m so glad that I can see this story from the outside as well, and line that up with what was going through my head and heart in those moments. It brings me to tears of joy - like I get to relive it a little each time I see the photos again. I’m so thankful that we get to share our birth with our friends and family in such a beautiful way! It’s been fun to hear their reactions and the joyful emotions they share in “experiencing” the birth through the slide show you made. There’s just something magical about it. I also appreciated your presence in the room, you were a fly-on-the-wall in all the right ways, never distracting or demanding, and yet you were so much more than that - you were encouraging and always smiling, I could feel your support and that you were in each photo celebrating and cherishing what was happening and the sacredness of it, not just doing a “job.” I’m thankful for the bond we share since you were the official witness and documentarian of our wonderful birth. THANK YOU.