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Candice MacDonnell Photography - Fort Leonard Wood Missouri Family Photographer

Birth & Fresh 48

Candice MacDonnell Photography specializes in documentary and lifestyle photography in mid Missouri.

Birth FAQ

Q. What is birth photography?

A. Birth photography is a way to remember your labor (celebrate the end of pregnancy!) and capture those sweet first moments of your newborn's arrival. 

Q. When should I book my session with you?

A. I sometimes book 5-6 months out- so the sooner the better! Many moms chose to book as soon as they've confirmed the pregnancy. Even though, please contact me no matter how far along you are- I might just have an opening.

Q. Will you take pictures of... down there?

A. Nope! Unless requested, I tend to aim from mom's shoulder. Most hospitals frown upon any photographs taken from that angle, especially because it's a sterile area. I try to keep my photographs fairly modest when possible, and while crowning is the big event, it's the moments before and after that carry the most emotion.

Q. We have a camera, wouldn't it be easier for my partner to take the photos?

A. Hiring a birth photographer frees up dad to support you and help you through labor- no worries about being distracted taking photos (or forgetting to snap any). 

Q. When will you arrive at the hospital/birth center/my home?

A. I aim for about 6-7 cm and active labor. Sometimes moms won't be checked frequently, so I typically judge it by the sound of mom's voice and if she can talk and walk through contractions. It takes me 30-60 minutes to drive to any of the hospitals on Oahu, so the further in advance I can be prepared the better. I love being kept up to date by dad while mom labors! We will discuss all of these details in person and have a plan ready specific to your labor.

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

A. Pretty common- whether it's 2 AM or 2 PM I'll be there!

Q. How long will you stay?

A. As long as your labor lasts- no time limit there. If we've been hanging out for a while and labor has stalled (and no signs of picking up soon) I might excuse myself for a short while. Usually I stay in the hospital with you until baby is born- and about an hour after to capture those sweet first moments.

Q. Will you be a "fly on the wall" during labor/the birth?

A. This depends on you. If you're in the zone, I'll keep quiet. If you're feeling chatty, we can enjoy a conversation :)

SEE BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY FAQ for more commonly asked questions and concerns (click me)

Fresh 48

Q. When do you arrive for a Fresh 48 session?

A. Within the first 48 hours after birth- most moms like to have a chance to shower and clean up a little bit. Let me know once you're admitted to the hospital and after your sweet little one arrives, and we will agree upon a time for me to come.

Q. What kind of photos should I expect?

A. There's plenty of opportunities for me to get those sweet photographs of your new baby. I love capturing feeding, detail shots- like tiny feet and eyelashes, baby meeting older siblings or grandparents. It will be very relaxed and unposed, with minor direction as you go about your routine.

Q. Does it have to take place in the hospital or birth center?

A. Nope! If you'd like to wait until you arrive home (or if you birthed at home) that's perfectly fine with me, especially with some centers allowing for earlier release times.

Fresh 48

  • Welcome Packet & In-Person Consultation

  • On-Call Availability within 12-48 Hours of Delivery.

  • Online Social Media Birth Announcement within 48 Hours of Birth (With Permission)

  • Approximately 20 hand-edited digital images

Session fee: $250    |   $100 retainer due at time of booking to secure time/date.


Want a longer session? I also offer half day in the life and full day in the life options. CONTACT ME for more information.

Optional Video Add-On (See Films)



Birth Stories

  • Welcome Packet & In-Person Consultation

  • On-Call Availability in Weeks Leading up to your "Guess Date" and, if needed, the weeks following.

  • Coverage During Active Labor & Delivery and Up to 2 Hours Afterward

  • Online Social Media Birth Announcement within 48 Hours of Birth (With Permission)

  • Custom Photo Book 

  • Approximately 75 hand-edited digital images

  • Optional Birth Film Add-On

  • Payment plans available upon request.

Investment starts at $1250   |   $500 retainer due at time of booking

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