Missoula Birth | Ethics

Code of Ethics


Ask your photographer if they follow a code of ethics…ask them to tell you more about it…


The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Code of Ethics is intended to encourage and preserve the integrity of the birth photography industry.

Professionalism

Birth photographers are expected to exhibit professional conduct at all times.  This includes interactions with clients, peers, medical professionals, birth team members, support staff, administration and others.  Remember that in each interaction you are the face of the birth photography industry and you represent us as a whole.

It is expected that you will follow all hospital and birth center rules and regulations.

Honesty

Be honest and kind to clients, peers and other birth professionals.

Accountability

It is an industry standard to ensure you have backup gear when shooting birth photography.

Birth photographers should carry appropriate insurance for their business.

Be accountable to your clients.  Abide by your contract in regards to being on call, image delivery and archiving.

Law

Copyright infringement is strictly prohibited.  This includes both image theft and plagiarism.

Birth photographers should have the appropriate business license in accordance with their local laws and regulations.

Birth photographers shall pay tax in accordance with the local, state, regional and national laws.

Birth photographers should utilize legal contracts with all clients to protect both their business and their clients.

Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, disability or other factors is prohibited.

Respectfulness

Birth photographers will show respect for the birth space at all times.  This includes respecting the birth choices a family makes, the birth team, care providers, location rules and family members involved.

It is important to remember that the job of the medical staff is a higher priority than getting a particular photograph.

Confidentiality

It is expected that birth photographers will provide the client with confidentiality in accordance with your contract at all times.  This is particularly important when sharing your presence at a birth as well as images, especially those of intimate nature, on social media.  Always be sure you have permission before sharing.

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The Keepsakes

It’s all online these days. How does it FEEL? Many of us have appreciated the convenience of online, the ability at least to keep opportunity open. There are some things that just do not equate online. Think of this when you consider your photography investment. A screen just does not replace warm, tender shared moments of tactile memories. Fill your home with photography on the walls, on the shelves and in your hands.

Fresh48- Digital files. Missoula newborn photographer

This is what 62 images look like. This is your story, your Fresh48. I come to your place of birth or home within 48 hrs. I am on a soft- on call service, so that I can be available within 48hrs of your baby being born. I offer an herbal or floral bath if you like. I provided the flower crowns you see in the image below. I worked with local farmer Jessi- Dancing Dog Farm, to craft and supply me with these arrangements. The bath is not obligatory, it is a service that I provide that you can take advantage of. The Fresh48 is relaxed in nature and REAL. I am relaxed about what unfolds before my camera. Your family can be quiet, shy, rambunctious, joyful, messy- priceless. I am there for all of that.

If you decide to love and want to invest in all of your digital files from the session. That will be 30+ images, in this case 62 digital files.

What will you do with them all? This mama actually invested in a number of 8×10 prints. So she will have a lovely gallery wall. What will you do with 62 files? I am obsessed with albums and keepsake unbound albums. These are art that you can hold and share in touch. I happen to sit with my kids and we read books, alot of books. So, it makes sense that we love to look through books with pictures, baby books, photo albums! My kitchen is one of the busiest spaces in my home. I have two walls dedicated to the art projects my kids create or bring home from school and photography- OF THEM AND US AND ALL THE LOVE OF FAMILY.