Q: What's included in a photo or video session? How soon will I receive my photos? 
A: For births, I will join you in active labor and stay for at least an hour after your baby arrives. Maternity, First 48 Hour sessions, or family lifestyle sessions are normally around 1.5 to 2 hours. Within a week of our shoot, I will send you proofs of at least 20 unedited images. After 2-4 weeks I will send you a private, download link with all of your digital images to use as you see fit. Each package includes one favorite 5x7 print as a gift, others may be available for purchase. For videos, please allow an extra 2 weeks for delivery. Other photo products are available by request, including photo books and albums. 

Q: How do I book a session? Do you require a deposit? 
A: Say hello and book your session thru the CONTACT form on this site or send an email to hello@gwenschroeder.com with your details and / or due date. Upon booking a session, I ask for 25% deposit to hold your date, payable by Venmo, Paypal (friends and family to avoid fees), or check. For births, it's important to hold your date with a deposit because I can only book a few births a month. That allows me to stay on call for you from 37-42 weeks, 24/7. 

Q: What type of equipment do you use?
A: I shoot with the Sony A7R ii camera for both photo and video, with either a small flash or video light (if you agree to that ahead of time). All images are captured in RAW format and processed with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CC. Videos are created with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and uploaded to the Captured Vimeo page for viewing. I can also help upload to your own accounts, too. 

Q: What if I have a cesarean?
A: Every birth is beautiful and worth capturing, no matter how you deliver. The photos and video from my own unplanned cesarean were a crucial part of my emotional healing. Please include your birthing team or healthcare provider in your plans to hire a birth photographer. Most hospitals allow for photography in the operating room but may have other rules regarding who can join you in that space. In some cases, I can capture your baby's first moments that you may miss from the operating table. If I'm not invited into the OR, I will follow you or your baby into recovery or the nursery right after delivery. It is important to many providers to find a better balance for the family in cesareans, so many photographers are making their way into ORs around the country. 


Maternity, First 48 Hours, Newborn or Family Sessions -- packages starting at $400, with video $600+
Birth Stories -- packages starting at $1250, with video $1500+ 

If the rates are beyond your means, please share your situation. Payment plan options are available.