Birth Photography

The birth of a child is one of the most significant and beautiful events in life it is no surprise that more and more families are turning to professionals to help them document it. Birth is a journey, the process of becoming a mother and a father will change you forever and it’s worth documenting!

Emily Weaver Brown works in partnership with Jessica Peterson to capture births, for their complete birth portfolio please visit

Birth Photography Session | 2100

Includes the complete coverage of your birth (no time limit) and immediate postpartum period, all of the images on CD with the rights to print, a 11 x 13 album with image wrapped cover, an online slide show of the images set to music. Emily will be on call 24/7 in the two weeks before and after your estimated due date. Additional albums, image boxes, and DVDs of the sideshow may be purchased if you choose.

Due to limited availability please contact Emily directly to book a birth photography session

What to Expect

When I photograph a birth I try to remain as inconspicuous as possible. It is important to me to document your labor and birth as though I wasn’t even in the room. I use natural or available ambient light whenever possible. I shoot with top of the line professional digital equipment, which allows me to work in very low light situations, however, statistically speaking most births happen at night so sometimes it is necessary to use flash to capture key moments. I try to reserve the flash for the moment of the delivery and the minuets immediately after the baby is out. Your safety and comfort will always be the top priority. If at any time the flash or shutter sound is making you uncomfortable please do not hesitate to ask me to stop or to step out of the room.

My client’s wishes about what is captured and documented are always my top priority. If a client prefers not to have some things documented or has special request I will do my best to accommodate.

After your baby is born I will stick around to capture your first moments with your child. I document the first feeding, the weigh in, and meeting any siblings or grandparents. If there are any other special requests please do not hesitate to mention them.

In the event of an unplanned c-section, I will most likely not be allowed to accompany you into the OR. The anesthesiologist sets the policy for the OR and usually only one or at most two support persons are allowed in with you. If I am not chosen to accompany you, I will pass off my backup DSLR camera set on auto to one of the persons accompanying you in the OR. I will then proof those images along with everything I capture so that there will not be any gaps in the story line.

Because birth photography is extremely personal and private I always allow my clients to review the images included in their slideshow and album before they are made public or printed. The images from your birth will only be shared with your expressed permission if you choose to share them at all.

My approach to birth photography is a photojournalistic with the end goal of providing you with a story told through photographs. These stories are artfully arranged in a slideshow and set to music. The following are some samples of my work. (click the title to view the slide show)

The Birth of Waldon Dain Peterson
Wally was born in the summer or 2008 at home. The weather was beautiful and Jessica was able to labor outside for sometime before climbing into her birth tub where she delivered her son. Jessica has a fast labor, as is typical with second children. In early labor Jessica started backing a loaf of bread to enjoy as labor progressed but Wally beat the bread out of the oven. After the birth fresh bread was enjoyed by all in attendance while Jessica sat in the bed and nursed her beautiful son!

The Birth of Lilliana Omi Vikeshni Elliott
Lilly was welcomed into the world surrounded by friends and family. Born at the Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland WA Devi was able to labor in several positions in and out of the water. During pushing Devi alternated between the birth stool and bed. At the moment of birth Devi's support team gathered around her as Lilly entered the world and was placed on her mothers chest. The room was full of smiling faces!

The Birth of Cash Allen Willard

April labored through most the night and Cash was born in the early morning. I love the timing of births like this as the sun was coming up just as he was being born filling the room with warm light. Cash's big sister was able to watch the birth and ecstatically welcomed his arrival.

The birth of Alexander

Laurie planned to birth her son Alex at the Cascade Birth Center, Alex has other plan and decided to make his entrance into the world 8 weeks early. Because preemies often don't have the lung maturity and are at risk for many other complications Laurie labored and delivered at a hospital with a NICU. Although preterm labor is not an ideal situation Laurie handled it with a peaceful calmness. Laurie labored and delivered without drugs as she has originally planned and Alex was born into a warm peaceful room full of smiling family and friends. He suffered slight respiratory distress and was in the NICU for about 8 weeks. Today both Alex and his mom are healthy and happy.

The birth of Henry Linden Charles White

Henry’s birth started out at the Puget Sound Birth Center and lasted for more than 75 hours. After about 60 hours Henry’s mom made the decision to make a non emergency transfer to the hospital so she could have an epidural and be able to sleep. Labor never fully progressed and Henry was eventually born via C section. Both Henry and his mother are healthy and happy!

To view more birth images please view the birth section of the portfolio.

For more information about scheduling a session fill out the contact form on this site or call, text, or email Emily Weaver Brown directly. 425.780.5491