Perth Birth Photography

Melissa Sheed is renowned for capturing raw and intimate Perth Birth Photography.

Perth Birth Photography

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Perth Birth Photography

Hiring a professional photographer for your baby’s special ‘Birth’day is equally important as deciding ‘where’ you will give birth.

Melissa has photographed numerous Public and Private Hospitals deliveries, along with attending births at birthing centres and her client’s homes.

Overall Melissa likes to take on a photojournalist approach, being a fly on the wall. Uniquely capturing all those memorable moments which you’ll likely not remember during the blur of adrenaline and excitement.


Some common questions about Perth Birth Photography:

Q. When should we book?

A. As soon as you’ve decided to have your birth captured, and preferably before 34 weeks so arrangements can be made for me to be on-call. Should you go into labour earlier please still contact me!

Q. Will my “private parts” be captured?

A. The photographs can be as graphic as you wish, crowning photographs are only taken upon request and where possible taken at an angel where no ‘parts’ are visible (like above).

Q. Will you post the photographs on the internet?

A. Nothing will posted on social media, the internet, or on display in the studio without prior consent. Your privacy is of utmost importance to me. Birth is an extremely intimate and scared experience and it is important that you have control of where those images will be shared. I never post names or any personal identifying information about any of my maternity, birth or newborn clients. Your birth images are not shared without prior written consent.

Q. When will we call you?

A. The coverage of your birth will be discussed at your prenatal meeting. Some parents like full coverage of labour, deliver, and up to 2hrs post delivery. Others only call me when they are in active labour and at 5cm, this is when I would make my way to the birth location.  Either way it is important that we keep in touch in the weeks leading up to delivery.

Q. How long will you stay?

A. As each birth is different and impossible to predict, this is a difficult question to answer. My Perth Birth Photography  package covers up to 10hrs at the birthing location. If you have an exceedingly long labour, additional hours will be charged separately.

Q. What if I have a caesarean section?

A. It is important that you discuss this possibility with your OBGYN/Midwife before your due date. In the event of not being allowed access to the operating room, rest assured that there is still ample opportunity for capturing those first few moments. I have had a caesarean with my first child so I am familiar with the process on a personal level. I have also had the pleasure of photographing a number of my clients caesareans. You will need to obtain permission (written if possible) to have your birth photographed by not only your OBGYN but also the Anaesthesiologist if your OBGYN works with a particular one and/or your hospital, prior to your birth.

Should you require an emergency caesarean and not permission is granted for me to enter the theatre I will remain in the waiting room until you are in recovery. Photographing weighing and measuring of the baby will still take place, along with first breastfed and cuddles with Dad.

In any event having an elective or emergency caesarean does not grant a refund.

Q. What if you miss my birth?

A. Whilst every arrangement is made to make myself available, there is always a chance given the nature of childbirth that I may miss the birth. It is a very unlikely event that this would happen and if this situation should occur, due to a situation out of my control (car accident etc). Your birth fee will be transferred onto a newborn session, along with attending your birth location at the first opportunity to capture a “First 48” session free of charge.
Should I miss the birth due to an extremely fast delivery ( precipitous labour) or if you have not called me or kept me update with your labour progress, your birth fee will be used for a newborn session.

Newborn sessions are held within the first 10-16 days ideally.

Q. What equipment will you use?

A. Perth Birth Photography by Melissa Sheed will use only the best professional quality equipment, for both capturing your birth and processing your images. Melissa is experienced in low level light, flash is not often used in this environment. (If your room is very dark, we may obviously wish to make some adjustments to avoid dark images. This will be covered in more detail during your prenatal meeting).

Q. How many photographs will I receive?

A. In fact there are no limits to the number of photographs taken during our time together, typically families receive between 75-400 images sometimes more! Guaranteed gallery of 80-100 high resolution JPEG images.

Q. How will my photos be delivered?

A. Overall your images will be a mixture of colour, and black & white. They will be professionally colour corrected and enhanced prior to being handed to you on a harddrive. Images are in high resolution JPEG format. Minimal retouching is done on birth story images as this is a RAW and organic experience so the images will reflect what was seen on the day through the camera.