Your amazing and capable body has a superpower, and that superpower is giving birth.
This milestone in your life, your baby's life, and your family's life is worthy of capturing. The love that exists when you meet your baby is monumental. Every moment of labor is different, pure, and powerful.
Your Birth Journey can be whatever you make it. If you want me above your shoulders, I will respect that. If you want me down below getting all of the action, that is where I go. Your comfort level is one of my top priorities. This might be scary, unpredictable, and also so exciting, and I am here with you for it all. This moment is huge. You are about to love bigger than ever before. Let's keep it forever.
Here at Summit + Co., we offer photography and videography as a team. You can pick photography, or you can pick both. We also offer Fresh 48, and bundle packages with newborn + maternity.
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Giving. Birth. Is. Monumental.
This is one of the biggest moments of your life. A main priority on a wedding day is photography + videography coverage, and your birth should be no different. You have prepared, cried, stressed, hoped, and have built excitement for this day. It will be an enormous wave of emotion and love, and it will be over before you know it. It is so important to preserve these moments.
As a professional photographer, I understand the ever changing environment of a birthing room. I am prepared to adapt and move quickly, and I also know my angles.
Most importantly, your birthing team needs to be there for you and your baby. When things get exciting, that's when your birthing team is busy, and I will be busy documenting those amazing moments.
This is such an important day. You are about to love bigger than ever before. Let's capture it.
Honey, yes. This might sound crazy, but for the most part I actually can! I have photographed mamas who are more private, which means they prefer that I do not see their genitals and would like me to stay above their shoulders. I can do this very effectively and still capture your entire birth story. If you are planning on skin-on-skin immediately after delivery, it would be near impossible for me to not see your breasts, but I am able to fully capture a birth without actually looking at or capturing a vagina.
This is why I have such an extensive on-call period, and why I have back up associate photographers. I take all of the precautions that I can to ensure that I will not miss your delivery. All of that said, the speed of your delivery is not exactly something that anyone can control. There is always a chance that I could miss your birth, in which case everything except your retainer would be refunded. However, we will stay in constant, detailed communication once you go into labor to do our best to make sure this doesn't happen.
If you have an emergency c-section and the hospital allows me in the operating room, I am more than happy to capture it. However, more often than not hospitals will not allow more than one additional person in the operating room with the mother. I will still capture labor up until they take you to the operating room, and I will capture the moments after your baby is born. C-sections do not warrant any sort of refund.
Yes I am. I have seen just about everything by now. I have seen every graphic and messy occurrence that comes with delivery. There is nothing that makes me uncomfortable, and I love the emotion of a raw birth.
Yes I do! I offer flexible payment plans, and I also have options where friends and family can pitch in as a part of your baby registry.
I have an extreme respect for my clients. This means that you get a say in what your photos are used for.
Typically I will keep graphic images in a locked gallery, and the password is only shared with potential clients. Images that are more modest may be shared on social media, our website, or for advertisement purposes. However, if this is not okay with you just let me know! I will always respect you and your wishes.
I do not bring any large lighting equipment with me to a birth. I do all that I can to not disrupt your natural birthing process, and if you are in a hospital I will be sure to stay out of the way of delivery room staff. I always have a flash with me for unexpected circumstances (if the power were to go out, if you were to deliver outside, etc.), but I have never used it for a birth.
All of that said, if a room is dark, it will significantly impact the quality of your images. I suggest turning the lights up and opening the blinds on the windows. However, the lighting in your room is UP TO YOU. We will discuss lighting impact beforehand, but if you are in labor and you are hating those lights, we will definitely turn them down.
The reality is that this could happen unexpectedly. We will discuss beforehand if you want me to continue to capture these moments or if you would prefer that I step out. I am comfortable with whatever you choose, and I will release these specific photos to you whenever you are ready to have them.
"We had an absolutely wonderful engagement shoot with Kailyn and Michael a few months ago, and it was an absolute blast! The whole experience was fun from start to finish, and the images turned out beautiful. They really captured natural, candid images that we will cherish forever. Not to mention, after I pitched my vision for our save the dates Kailyn helped us create the graphic immediately using our favorite image asking nothing in return! I would recommend working with her to anyone. You will receive beautiful images and more importantly you will work with someone who truly cares about capturing your relationship!!"
"Kailyn has captured my family photos for two years now, and I couldn't be happier. We have 4 boys, 2 with special needs, so we are not the easiest clients! She has an easy, gentle spirit about her, and I swear, works some kind of magic around my kids. I love how she finds moments of true joy on their faces and they never look posed or stiff. Her turnaround time is quick, and her images are beautiful. I highly recommend Kailyn- she's one of a kind!"
"Kailyn traveled to Ireland to take our family pictures, and she was amazing. I chose Summit based on recommendation and portfolios, and I wasn't disappointed. She was flexible, pleasant, friendly, fun, warm, helpful, and like one of the family. I definitely recommend going with The Summit + Co. They are also incredibly easy to communicate with, prompt and friendly. Do not hesitate to contact Summit, cannot wait to use them again:)"
"We recently worked with Summit + Co for our engagement shoot. Kailyn and Michael were such an amazing team to work with. In our prep work up to our shoot I mentioned to her how much I would love our two dogs to be a part of it and she responded with such excitement. It made me feel comfortable with the choice we had made because she was willing to work with us and make the time about our love and life. After only two weeks she returned our pictures and I was shocked at how she is able to naturally bring out the love between a couple. Tyler and I would recommend Summit + Co to anyone who wants to work with a company who is extremely talented and personable. They feel like a part of your family by the end of your time with them. We can’t wait to work with them again."
"I had my bridal portraits and wedding photos/videos done by Kailyn and Michael. They were absolutely AMAZING! The talent these two have is indescribable and if anyone getting married is considering them... it's a no brainer. These photos I will have forever and thanks to them my daughters will see their mom and dad in a beautiful light as we will always have these photos to cherish even if the day flew by."