Birth + Newborn Photographer


Birth Photography

Birth Documentary

Nothing compares to the moment when your baby is first placed in your arms after long hours of laboring. 

Its a moment that is there and gone in the blink of an eye. 

There is so much to do before, during, and after your birth, the last thing you want to happen is forgetting to document the the most important details!

This is why I have made it my job to be there for you, capturing all of the details through out the day/night so that you can focus soaking in all of the precious moments with you newest little bundle!

your trusted Southwest Florida Birth Photographer

It’s important to me that you genuinely feel comfortable around me – after all, we will be spending a lot of time together during your labor.

I would love to grab grab a coffee (or whatever your current craving is!) so you have a chance to get to know me on more of a personal level! 


New Beginnings

newborn baby wearing hospital bracelets in bassinet after birth at HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers captured by Southwest Florida Birth Photographer, Ella Rae Photography

first we had each other.

then we had you.

now we have everything.

Birth Packages start at $1,400

Have Questions?

I am on call for your labor 24/7 beginning 2 weeks before your due date. There is no specific time limit as birth is pretty unpredictable. Once I am informed that you are in the beginning stages of labor, I will prepare to be with you during your baby’s birth. I typically like to arrive when you are in active labor 5-6 cm dilated and having consistent close contractions. 

I come to your chosen place of birth during active labor and will stay for the entire birth and up to 1-2 hours afterwards. Births are extremely unpredictable and this means I could be at your birth anywhere from 2 to 24 hours or more!!!

As a birth photographer, my style is photo journalistic. The moment I arrive, I am like a fly on the wall and I capture your baby’s birth in a way that tells a story unique to your family. I always tell everyone to feel free to request as many posed photographs as you would like. However, I try to be unobtrusive and document the birth as best as I can without getting in the way. 

We may have low light situations and images may be more raw, with film grain and motion blur. 

I know high quality images are important to you, which is why I do use flash photographing birth. However, if at any point it bother you, I will turn it off and do my best without it.

My preference for births is a combination of both. If you have a preference please let me know!

I will get your permission before sharing any shots of you and your family. This is something that we will talk in-depth about. Some moms prefer not to share any images and some are okay with their images being showcased so that other moms may be inspired to hire a birth photographer and document their birth as well.

I like to meet with all of clients at least once before their birth, and oftentimes before they even decide to book with me. It is very important to me to build a relationship with my clients and understand their birth plan. I want to ensure you are completely comfortable with me and my shooting style, and that I understand your desires for your birth.

If I am able to join you in the operating room, I will do so! If not, I will send my camera with the person that is joining you, and resume shooting once you are out of the OR!

You should book me as soon as you know you would like to hire me for your baby’s birth. I cannot be at two births at once so I book a very select number of births! Please reserve me for your birth early in your pregnancy.

Yes! Always talk to your healthcare provider. If you are delivering in a hospital, some may have restrictions on the number of people allowed in the room, some do not allow photographs, and some healthcare providers have preferences on whether or not they will be photographed. 

Once you have talked to your healthcare provider, we will discuss in-depth what they will allow.