Sarah Sweetman Photography » Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Children, Family custom portrait photographer based in WA. Serving communities in Woodinville, Bothell, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Seattle and beyond. Telling your perfectly imperfect, wonderfully unique story.

Birth Photography

The birth of a child is one of the most significant events in your life, it is no surprise to me that more and more families are hiring professionals to help them document it. A birth is a journey, the process of becoming a mother and a father will change you forever and it’s worth documenting!

Birth Photography can be done at home, in a birth center or the hospital.  A scheduled C-section can also be documented as long as you get permission prior from the medical professionals involved.

What to Expect

Due to the unpredictable nature of when a baby, I am on call for you.  Typically as the due date approaches, you keep me up to date with what your doula/midwife/OB says about your progress via text or email.

When labor starts, clients contact me so I can rearrange my schedule if needed.  Then I come to the hospital/your home/the birth center when you are 6-7cms dilated.

When I photograph a birth I try to stay out of the way as much as possible.  It is important to me to document your labor and birth in a way that you don’t notice my presence.   I use natural or available ambient light whenever possible and do not typically use a flash as it can be very distracting to everyone in the room.

My client’s desires about what is documented is my top priority. If a client prefers not to have some things documented or has special requests,  I will always do my best to accommodate.

After your baby is born I will be there to capture your first moments with your child. I photograph the first feeding, your baby’s first weigh in, and the meeting any siblings or grandparents that arrive soon after the birth. If you have any other special requests please let me know.

Because birth photography is extremely personal and private I always allow my clients to review the images included in their slideshow and album before they are made public or printed.  The images from your birth will only be shared with your expressed permission if you choose to share them at all.

My approach to birth photography is a photojournalistic with the end goal of providing you with a story told through photographs.  I also take short snippets of movement in video so your birth video comes to life.

See an example of a Birth Story here:


Package A: Birth + Newborn Session  $1500 + tax

Includes Sarah being on call and present during the birth, plus a studio Newborn session within 2 weeks of your baby’s birth.  The full collection of high resolution digital images from both Birth and Newborn sessions included (savings of $400 to book these together)

Package B: Birth + CD     $1000 + tax

Includes Sarah being on call and present during the birth and full collection of high resolution digital images


*please note that there is a basic edit done on any images shown to the client.  Unedited images/RAWs are not ever given out.

*prices subject to change.  payments accepted via paypal, or cash or check.  Payment plans are accepted by prior arrangement.

*please note that all images remain the property of sarah sweetman photography.

  • Erica

    Hello, I’m interested in a general quote for hospital waterbirth at St. Joseph’s. I’m due Dec 29th. Please let me know what other information you need. What happens if I deliver before you make it to the hospital? Thank youReplyCancel

  • Julie Marshall

    I am looking for a birth photographer for our planned home birth in the beginning of November. We live in Lakemont, Bellevue. Thank you in advance. Regards, JulieReplyCancel

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