Birth is not neat and fast:

it is gritty and primal. but it is nothing to fear.

unless you also think we ought to fear women crying when they are sad
or laughing when they are happy...if we stop viewing birth as an emergency
- it's NOT -
then we can stop imposing anxiety on women about birth.

mayim bialik

 

Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous.

It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

elizabeth stone

 
 
"I was sitting in the living room with tears streaming down my face looking through the photos of Ronan's birth last night. They are by far one of the most cherished material things we have and are backed up at least 4 places. 

Having your support as a fellow mom- having had been in my shoes- and willing to share your empathy, wisdom, and compassion on that day was tremendous. You'll never know my full gratitude!" Jami McDowell

mom nursing after delivery in hospital
"Nicole is truly the most incredibly photographer! She has an amazing eye, and was able to capture the most intense RAW moments of my 2nd daughter's birth. She caught HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL pictures of my oldest daughter that seem to look right into her soul. She captured JOY and LOVE in my husband. Nicole is the most honest, straight forward, gentle, passionate, and crazy cool photographer you could imagine!" Pooja Aggarwal

freckled mama kisses baby for the first time after labor
"She is incredible. She captured the birth of my second daughter beautifully, and was incredibly supportive throughout my pregnancy and delivery. For reference, she is the second birth photographer I have worked with, and I highly recommend her and her work." Angee Kerns

"Nicole is seriously awesome! When we first met at my home for maternity photos we instantly clicked as moms. We talked through the session about toddlers and breastfeeding and just completely took my mind off of being in front of the camera. She set me at ease throughout the entire process which is so comforting as an 8 month pregnant woman it can be a little nerve wracking in front of the camera but not with Nicole's direction, professionalism and encouragement! When I got the photos back I was blown away! They were so beautiful and tastefully done and something I will be able to treasure! But it doesn't end there! Nicole was able to capture my labor and delivery and the images will blow you away. She showed up and was willing to help in any way necessary my nurses were calling her part of my support team and they were totally on point! The photos she delivered are literally breathtaking! They've brought a good amount of friends and family and myself to tears!! I am so happy I had the privilege of having Nicole there to document the birth of my last child. She is awesomely talented and so down to earth, and I am forever grateful! Thanks again!!!" Mariella Hoffman

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why birth?

 

I've been behind the camera for 10 years now, but it wasn't until I found out I was expecting a tiny human myself that I found my purpose behind the lens. Before finding a doctor, I knew I wanted my birth documented. With a history of depression and anxiety, and years with a therapist I knew that concrete evidence and visuals helps me heal in a positive direction. My pregnancy was a bit of a roller coaster and we struggled to find a birth photographer. Mind you this was four years ago. In the end, I asked my close friend to attend my birth to capture what she could. My birth story, read more here, was fast, to say the least. From my experience, I vowed I would provide families an opportunity to have one of the best days of their lives documented. 

With birth photography, I have found my calling. I photograph for mental health, history, and above all, the love story that takes place. Birth is the only true promise of love at first sight for mothers and fathers. A moment in time you want - need to stand still as this new life you brought into the world is measured in minutes and hours. My goal is to document everything about your power and connection with beautiful and timeless images that you will treasure and want to share!

Love, life, and family at the core of my mission, I am also passionate that Birth is birth is birth! All births are important and worthy of being documented.

 

how it works

the boldbirth experience is unparalleled in client service and product offerings

nicoleinbold is a full service photographer, which simply means that I do not snap photos and hand you a CD. My goal is to provide you with custom artwork of your birth love story, full of natural connection and organic moments. I offer prints, canvases, framed imagery, specialty items, and of course digital files. I feel strongly that it is important for you to be an integral part of preserving and safe guarding your story. I also understand the importance of your want to share images as you see fit. Digital files, however, should not be the objective of custom photography. I want you to display your images throughout your homes so your children and even grandchildren can share your history and stories for years to come!

birth is intimate and raw, for this reason I require an in person consultation with your partner to discuss your birth plan and expectations

birth is intimate and raw, for this reason I require an in person consultation with your partner to discuss your birth plan and expectations

to reserve your due date, after we meet, please sign the contract, and pay the retainer, all of which can be done in person or online.

to reserve your due date, after we meet, please sign the contract, and pay the retainer, all of which can be done in person or online.

nicole is on call from 38 weeks until your baby arrives, with the security of a second birth photographer on standby in case nicole is unavailable

nicole is on call from 38 weeks until your baby arrives, with the security of a second birth photographer on standby in case nicole is unavailable

birth photography begins when I arrive at your birthing location during active labor and will last up to 2 hours post birth, no limits

birth photography begins when I arrive at your birthing location during active labor and will last up to 2 hours post birth, no limits


a birth reveal image will be delivered to you personally via email or text within 24 hours of your baby's arrival to share online 

a birth reveal image will be delivered to you personally via email or text within 24 hours of your baby's arrival to share online 

we will schedule your big reveal in your home, when you are ready. images will be completed within 4 weeks of your birth-day

we will schedule your big reveal in your home, when you are ready. images will be completed within 4 weeks of your birth-day

a personalized birth story motion picture will be presented and available for purchase on USB or Blu-Ray DVD.

a personalized birth story motion picture will be presented and available for purchase on USB or Blu-Ray DVD.

your choice of hand crafted, made in the USA, products such as, albums, framed images, and birth announcements available from my preferred and tested print labs

your choice of hand crafted, made in the USA, products such as, albums, framed images, and birth announcements available from my preferred and tested print labs

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is birth photography? ...

Birth photography, very simply, is the visual story of your birth experience. It is your opportunity to capture your tiny humans’s birthday, the moment you become parents, all the snuggles and first moments!

Hiring a professional means you are working with someone who knows and understands lighting, composition, and how to freeze emotion with a click of a button. No more snapshots or worrying if your partner will take an image at a flattering angle. I will be there to document every moment for you and the family that cannot be present on your birth-day.

How much does birth photography cost? ...

The Session Fee: 650, is due to book your estimated due date on my calendar. This fee does not include products or digital files.

The Big Reveal: About 4 weeks after your birth, I will come to you to view your story and proofs. It is here that you can browse and touch all of my product offerings and I can help guide you toward the items that best fit your home and lifestyle. You can even have a reveal party with the grand parents!

Nicoleinbold is a licensed and insured business and I adhere to a code of conduct!

Will we meet before the birth? ...

Yes, this event is quite intimate and it is important to me that you find a photographer you genuinely get a long with and who will answer not only your questions, but the questions of your partner. My goal is to walk into your birthing space a friend rather than a stranger!

Where will you stand? ...

Don't laugh! I get a version of this question whenever my profession comes up in conversation. When we meet to go over your birth plan I go over my ninja like presence. I do my best to be quiet and act as an observer. With that said, I will not be a creeper and will gladly have a conversation with you if you want.

The one instance I ask for your input on where you want me, is when baby is about to make an appearance. I provide three options: mom's view (I'm at your shoulder), dad's view (profile), and catcher's view. I do my up most best to be in the desired location, unless you tell me otherwise in the moment.

I like the idea of birth photography, but I'm concerned about modesty. ...

I hear you, we discuss this in depth at our in person consult. I respect your level of comfort as I feel it is important to also respect your birth place. I am an honest and transparent person and will document your surroundings as they happen, which essentially means I may need to get creative!

If you are still unsure, I do offer Fresh 48 sessions, which means I come to you after baby is born to capture your new family, sibling greetings, relatives, or just you, your partner, and your newest love!

What about scheduled cesareans? ...

Each hospital and birthing location is different in regards to having me, a photographer, present in the operating room. With that said, I feel strongly that your story is still very important. It is still your birth-day after-all!! I like to discuss this in person, as every situation is different, scheduled, emergency, transfer, you name it, we will talk about it. I am an open book and want you to feel safe and comfortable.

What if I go into labor prematurely? ...

Contact me. I know this will be an emotional moment in your life so I will do my best to be present to capture your story. I believe photography can be used as healing if and when we need it to fill in gaps, or remember life more concretely. When things happen fast we have a tendency to forget and I am ultimately in this business to better the mental health of families, what ever that means for you! If for what ever reason I am unable to make it to the birth, it is possible to use your birth photography investment as a credit towards another portrait session (fresh48 or tiny human story).

What if you can't make it to the birth? ...

If I, or one of my trusted back up birth photographers, miss your birth while I am on call (2 weeks prior to your estimated due date), you can use your birth photography investment as a credit towards another portrait sessions (fresh48 or tiny human story).

When I go into labor, when should I contact you? ...

Please contact me or have your partner contact me as soon as something begins to happen. The rest will be played by ear as we continue to communicate through your progress.

What if I go into labor in the middle of the night? ...

Contact me!! Once we are in the on-call window we will be in contact with each other fairly often. With that said, I ask to be given as much notice as possible of impending labor. This allows me to begin making arrangements for child care. In the end, call or text me, or both even, at any time and I will be there as soon as possible!

What if I don't want my images on the internet? ...

I 100% respect your wish for privacy!

What, in detail, do you photograph? ...

I photograph emotions, connections, moments, and your story for the family that cannot be present. We will get specific on what you do and do not want captured when we meet in person!

What will you do if something goes wrong with me or my baby? ...

We do discuss this a head of time, but in any case I do my best to assess the situation as a professional. I of course give way to any medical personnel. In respecting the situation I may step out of the room for ultimate privacy and wait for an update. I will use my best judgement and experience to adapt as necessary.

Do you offer newborn and maternity sessions? ...

I do! There is nothing more gratifying than watching a family grow into and through their parenthood journey! I also offer feeding (breast or bottle) and baby-wearing sessions for those families that want to remember and commemorate these amazing bonding activities.

 
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