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BIRTH STORY INFO

SOPHIA SPECIALIZES IN DOCUMENTING BIRTH STORIES THROUGH BOTH PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILMS, AND SERVES THE ISLAND OF OAHU, HAWAII.

booking your birth story

 

 
Our special moment wouldn’t have been complete without Sophia’s skills there to photograph and also help with the birthing process. We love her!
— Mirta & Jorge Toro
 

Hiring me as your birth photographer and videographer means your most precious memories will be captured while you and your partner can focus on bringing your baby into the world. I absolutely love seeing and documenting births and I give my all when documenting your birth story, even if that means being at your birth space during Holidays or my kids' birthdays (both have happened!).

In my 4 years as a birth photographer I've documented very long and very short labors, I've seen so many strong women labor and deliver completely naturally both at home and in hospitals, I've seen strong women who know their limits and requested medicated births, and I've also had the rare honor of documenting cesareans (both scheduled and unexpected ones). I'm a strong believer that every birth should be documented, no matter the outcome. It is the birth of your child after all, and that is the single most important day of his or her life.

If you have questions, please scroll down to the FAQ section. If you don't want the labor and delivery captured, I also offer Aloha Baby Sessions to capture those moments right after baby's arrival (within 48 hours of birth).

I would love to schedule an in-person meeting in Haleiwa on the North Shore so we can get to know each other and decide if I'm the right photographer to document your birth story. 

*A $400 fee is required as non-refundable deposit to book and reserve my services and is applied towards your Birth Story Fee. The remaining balance is due at week 37 of gestation so I can go on-call at week 38.

**Payment plans of 3 installments are available and are set up so you can be paid up by week 37 of gestation. Birth Story registries are also now available so you can ask family and friends to pitch in. Please let me know you want to sign up for a payment plan or registry!


BIRTH STORY FEE

$900

INCLUDES:

IN PERSON PRE-CONSULTATION

24/7 ON CALL AVAILABILITY STARTING AT WEEK 38

PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR BIRTH (FROM ACTIVE LABOR TO 2 HOURS POSTPARTUM)

15 HAND EDITED HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES DELIVERED VIA DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

OPTIONAL UPGRADES


BIRTH STORY UPGRADES

Each Birth Story is unique and so is the experience you are looking for. With that in mind, I offer optional upgrades that can be added to your Birth Story Fee so that you can build the ideal Birth Story package that will be a perfect fit for you and your family. 

ENTIRE DIGITAL COLLECTION // $450

INCLUDES:

100+ DIGITAL HI-RES IMAGES

ONLINE GALLERY WITH DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

PRINT RELEASE

BIRTH STORYBOOK ALBUM // $800

INCLUDES:

YOUR ENTIRE GALLERY (100+ IMAGES) PRINTED IN A BEAUTIFUL 10x10 ALBUM 

(NO ADDITIONAL DIGITAL FILES INCLUDED)

BIRTH FILM // $450

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR BIRTH

3-5 MINUTE HD FILM MADE FROM FOOTAGE OF YOUR BIRTH

LICENSED MUSIC

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD VIA VIMEO

SHAREABLE LINK FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY

(NO ADDITIONAL DIGITAL FILES INCLUDED)

*final balance would be birth story fee + upgrade

or BUNDLE AND SAVE!

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BUNDLE 01 // $800

ENTIRE DIGITAL COLLECTION

BIRTH FILM

(SAVE $100)

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BUNDLE 02 // $1,050

ENTIRE DIGITAL COLLECTION

BIRTH STORYBOOK ALBUM

(SAVE $200)

BUNDLE 03 // $1,300

ENTIRE DIGITAL COLLECTION

BIRTH FILM

BIRTH STORYBOOK ALBUM

(SAVE $400!)

*final balance would be birth story fee + bundle

AND LASTLY!

Save even more when you choose any of the Bundles above by adding a Mini Maternity Session to your investment!

 
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MINI MATERNITY PACKAGE // $500

30 MINUTES SESSION

NORTH SHORE SECRET LOCATION

15 DIGITAL HI-RES IMAGES DELIVERED VIA DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

PRINT RELEASE

*Only valid for Birth Story clients who upgrade with Bundles 01, 02 or 03 // *final balance would be birth story fee + bundle + mini maternity


ALOHA BABY PACKAGES

Aloha Baby Sessions do not capture labor or delivery. Sessions must take place within 48 hours of birth and during daylight times. This session is designed to capture baby's first moments earthside and is an excellent option to capture older siblings/family members meeting baby for the first time. Hospital and Home Births are welcome!

ALOHA BABY PACKAGE // $700

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

IN PERSON MEETING IN HALEIWA, NORTH SHORE

24/7 ON CALL STARTING AT WEEK 38 AND OPEN AVAILABILITY TO SCHEDULE YOUR DAYTIME SESSION

IN HOSPITAL OR AT HOME 2 HOUR SESSION WITHIN 48 HOURS OF BIRTH

50 DIGITAL HI-RES IMAGES

ONLINE GALLERY WITH DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

PRINT RELEASE

MOTION FILM // $350

(OFFERED AS ADD-ON ONLY)

2-3 MINUTE HD FILM MADE FROM FOOTAGE TAKEN AT YOUR ALOHA BABY SESSION

LICENSED MUSIC

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD VIA VIMEO

SHAREABLE LINK FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY


Ready to reserve your Birth Story or Aloha Baby Session?

Please email Sophia at aloha@thesophiaco.com or text/call (808)781-4677


FAQs

Why should I hire a Birth Photographer?

Great question! I have a post you can read here.

How do I know you're the right photographer for me and my family?

I would love to meet in person before any decisions are made. I am a big believer in not only finding the photographer that has the necessary skills to shoot a birth story (top of the line equipment, experience shooting in low light, artistically capturing your intimate moments, etc) but one that will also contribute as a positive presence in your birth space. I believe my work speaks for itself in the skill level, but I've love to meet with you so that we can make sure we're a right fit.

How far in advance should I book?

I only take 2 births per month right now because my littlest is still home full time and because I keep busy with maternity and family sessions as well. Please contact me as soon as possible to ensure your due date gets in my books. However, please know that last minute openings might also be available - so don't hesitate to ask!

When do you arrive for a birth story?

I typically go to you when you're in active labor. For hospital births this usually means when you're at least 5-6cm dilated. For home births where you're usually not getting checked frequently, I go when contractions are regularly around 2-3 minutes apart. However, all bodies react differently to labor and the decision to join you is made based on your progression and labor patterns.

How long do you stay at a birth?

There is no time limit. I stay until baby is born and then I stay up to 2 hours post partum.

What if I stall or have a really long labor?

I'm with you till the end. I will definitely take a nap or go out to grab food if we deem it safe. 

What if I have a c-section?

I'm there to document your birth story. If a c-section is part of your birth story, I will document that. There are no guarantees the hospital staff will allow me into the operating room and it is your responsibility to advocate for yourself in wanting me there. If I'm not allowed in, I can send my camera in with dad or a willing nurse and then I'll keep shooting as soon as baby is in the nursery with dad.

How do you photograph and do video at the same time?

I go into ninja mode, obviously! Jokes aside, I shoot motion clips and still images interchangeably with the same camera and most of the time my clients don't notice the shift.

When do we get our photos and/or birth film?

Birth Story galleries and birth films take up to 8 weeks to be delivered. I try to deliver around 4 weeks but I am a full time mom and life happens, that's why I say 8 weeks. I send plenty of previews within 48 hours of birth straight to your cell phone though.

How graphic will my photos/film be?

I am a very modest artist and will do my best to film and photograph in angles that don't show explicit nudity. I do suggest that you wear a top, bra or bralette for at least the labor and delivery if you want really modest shots but I have nothing against naked laboring mothers. Bottom line, your images/film will be as graphic as you want them to be and we will work together to achieve that.

What hospitals have you worked at? What home birth midwives have you worked with?

I've documented births at Castle, Kapiolani, Queens, Tripler and Kaiser Moanalua. For home births I've worked with Dr. Lori Kimata, Jaymie Lewis and Selena Green.


Awards and Features

 
 

26 Stunning Photos That Capture the Sheer Strength of C-Section Moms - Huffington Post | March 2017

Top Birth Photograph of 2015 | Light Inspired

Voice 2016 Finalist | Click&Company

10 Beautiful Umbilical Cord Images - Birth Becomes Her | July 2016

11 Stunning Water Birth Images - Birth Becomes Her | June 2016

35 Raw Birth Photos Of Dads Welcoming Their Babies Into The World - Huffington Post | June 2016

Why this picture is among one Family's Most Treasured Photos - Baby Center | June 2016

12 Stunning Images That Perfectly Capture the Beauty of Giving Birth - Woman's Day Magazine Cosmopolitan | Good Housekeeping | October 2015 

15 Stunning Images of Home Births at Christmas - BuzzFeed | December 2014

Incredible Images of Babies Being Born Give Us a Look at the Miracle of Birth - Cafe Mom's The Stir | July 2014