Ways to work with me
Labor & Delivery
photos + film
Maternity, Newborn, First 48, Motherhood or Family
photos + film
Maternity + Birth + Newborn
Maternity + Fresh 48 + Newborn
Baby's First Year
Photos + film
Each session includes a date night to see your images for the first time together and the opportunity to invest in albums, wall art and digital heirlooms. Click here to see finished products.
Here's why my clients choose me and keep coming back year after year:
Lauren, family client
Ever since our photo shoot with Danica, my kids have been extra huggy and sweet with me and my husband. All of the activities that she did with us to help us feel comfortable have continued to create positive feelings between all of us! Danica does so much more than photograph and make videos of families... she is connecting people to their loved ones in a really special way. Thank you, Danica!!!
Brittany, birth client
After lots of searching and debating if birth photography was going to be "worth" the expense, I met with Danica and immediately knew I needed her at our birth. She was so warm and friendly and it felt like I had known her forever. On the big day, I vaguely remember the midwife telling me she had arrived, but I was completely oblivious to her until after my daughter was born. Then came the pictures, and I cannot even begin to say how beautiful they are. They are priceless treasures and I cannot wait to share them with my daughter and show her the beauty of being a woman and what we get to do as we bring lives into the world. Danica was phenomenal and full of surprises along the way that made her a natural extension of our family. She would be one of the first calls I would make if we were to get pregnant again!
Amanda, birth doula
Danica is one of the best Birth Photographers I've had the privilege of working with. Her work is absolutely incredible, and she has so much respect for the birth space. She is able to capture the most intimate moments without disrupting the flow of labor. I recommend her to all of my doula clients and friends!
Katie, maternity + birth + newborn + family client
Danica, you met my expectations and blew them away into another category I didn’t even know existed. You see the amazing small moments!! When we did our last photoshoot with you, it was like you caught the behind the scenes moments. My kids walking down the stars, singing songs getting into the car, the chaos of getting ready for dinner...you have a way of bringing to light the activities we do every day that we take for granted now, but deep down know that we are going to miss like crazy when our kids grow up!!
Beth, birth client
Danica’s energy is so calming and also empowering, which interestingly, is exactly what her photos were. I saw smiles on my face I never thought I’d see in the midst of birth, I saw joy and strength and love and I never would’ve seen that without her and her amazing work. The best part is I get to keep them and look at them forever and one day, share them with my daughter, to show her there really is joy and strength and love in birth. I would choose to have my birth photographed again and again and I’d choose Danica if I ever have another baby. If you’re on the fence, jump! It’s most definitely worth the money to have those memories and see your birth through another lens, but Danica, just being her, will add so much to your birth. She truly was a part of my team and I’m so grateful.
Jennifer, family client
You, as an artist, truly help others see beyond the "dust" of their lives. These photos are just further proof. The two (what I'd consider) ugliest parts of our home have now been shown to me in a new light. Somehow you captured moments in our kitchen and in front of our garage that make a cramped space with outdated tile and a broken oven seem tender and sweet, the chipping paint and weeds about the garage seem somehow charming!
This is my first baby and I'm just not sure if I'll want another person in the room, let alone with a camera.
Birth is such an unknown, vulnerable experience. You don't know how it will be, how you will feel in the moment, if you will want everyone out of the room, or if you'll feel too exposed. I get it. You are doing something entirely new that requires a lot of courage and trust in the people you invite into your birthing space. I consider myself a caring member of your team, someone who is present to support you in your desires and outcomes. Someone who is able to take the chaos you feel and show you the beauty in your personal experience. Someone who is skilled at storytelling and has a keen eye for emotional intimacy, between you and your partner, you and your new baby, you and your care professionals. I work quietly and unobtrusively. In fact, many women don't even realize I'm there until after their baby arrives. Your birth story is sacred and unique to you, and my aim is give you images that help you process your experience and see the magic in meeting your baby for the first time. I've had so many women hire me for their 2nd birth because they regretting not having someone document their first birth.
What is the difference between what you offer vs hiring a friend or photographer who wants to give birth a try?
If you want certainty that your birth will be documented, experience is something you definitely want in your birth photographer. There are so many unknowns that a professional must be prepared for as well as an intuition that must be developed to gracefully navigate a birth space - to capture every moment without disrupting labor or being in the way of the medical professionals. Sadly I've heard so many stories where someone went the cheap route and the person didn't make it to their birth because they didn't have the proper plans in place for the demands of being on call, or they were in the room but missed the actual delivery because they weren't experienced enough to know the stages of labor, or inserted themselves into the family's birth experience in a way that was extremely disruptive and unprofessional. I have 13 years experience in photography and 9 years expertise in birth photography specifically. I know the investment can seem sizable, but I promise that the experience you’ll receive is worth the money.
How does your pricing work?
I charge a session fee to cover my time photographing as well as the complexities of being on call for your birth. It covers the costs of running a business (website, gallery hosting, insurance, equipment, software, etc) as well as childcare so that I can attend your birth. It covers my time selecting and editing your images so they tell an honest and beautiful story of your journey. It covers years of experience working with hundreds of families, my continuing education, and a client experience that I've honed to truly delight you and help you feel supported. It also includes a date night to view your images for the first time together where you'll have the opportunity to invest in wall art, albums, digital files and/or a birth film.
I'm interested in having a birth photographer but my partner is hesitant.
One of the reasons I got into birth photography 9 years ago is I saw how much women wanted pictures of their birth. I also saw that when partners were the ones responsible for taking the pictures, it removed them from being present in the experience. Plus the women weren't able to get pictures of dad's tears as he first lays eye on his new little baby. Or pictures of the way he cradled and supported her during every contraction, never leaving her side. I've worked with so many families over the years and many men don't think that having photos of the birth will be important to them, they think the photos are for their wives. ...That is until after the baby arrives and they are able to see in their images how transformative the experience was not only for you but also for themselves! For women, birth is a very physical feat (as well as mental and emotional). Whereas for men there is only so much they can do to support in a physical way during labor, and thus their personal journey is intensely emotional in a way that they may rarely experience in life. The traditional gender roles are somewhat reversed in birth, taking both partners to their edge and requiring new perspectives from each of them. It is in these most challenging experiences that we are more aware than ever what we are capable of and what our partner is capable of, and we develop a new appreciation and love for one another. It can be hard for partners to understand the magnitude of this before birth, but they really are so grateful and moved afterwards.
Are the digital files included in the session fee?
I split up your session and your products so that you can customize your experience. Not everyone wants the same thing or uses the same medium to enjoy their photos. I'm SUPER passionate about you printing your photos and displaying them in your home so that you actually get to see these life changing moments on a daily basis! Photos have the power to effect your life when they are printed, in a way that digital can't even come close to. I'm thoughtful and intentional about every part of my process and the products that I offer are no exception. They will delight you, awaken your senses and bring new life and meaning to your memories.
What does it mean to be on call for my birth?
To be able to drop everything at any moment to come to your birth, day or night, requires huge sacrifice. I make sure I have childcare lined up every day, always, just in case. I keep my equipment charged and packed, often carrying it with me if I will be more than 15 minutes from my home. I have to stay in town always or arrange a backup to cover for me if I'm traveling outside a 1 hour radius of the city. Being on call doesn't just come with a few minor adjustments to my schedule, it truly is a lifestyle change.
How many clients do you take per month?
It is super important to me to take care of my clients and to be available to them. Therefore I only take 4 births per month and a limited number of other sessions. You are not just a job to me, you are a woman entering a new journey in motherhood. You have fears, questions and doubts. So do I. You have dreams, hopes and goals. So do I. By hiring me you are choosing someone who cares about you and pours her heart into the people who choose her too.