Birth Photography Tip #1 – Getting Your Kids Out The Door

Having been a birth photographer since 2009, I have seen countless posts from people looking to start their own birth photography business but aren’t sure were to start. I am going to be sharing the basics of what I have learned to have a successful birth photography business.  These are just tips, tricks, and advice that will hopefully help you. Take what works for you and leave the rest. If you have a system that works for you, please share it in the comments. I am always looking for ways to simplify for both me and my family.

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Birth Photography Tip #1 – Getting Out the Door When You Have Children.

There is no doubt that have little ones can be a huge stressor when it comes to getting to a birth. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a family member that can stay home with no notice, have a live in nanny, or a childcare center that is open 24-hours a day, you will need a system to get your kids out the door quickly and efficiently, especially if your partner isn’t the one normally in charge of getting the kids out the door in the morning.

Being at a birth at a time when you are normally attending to morning routines is a disruption to them, make it easier. I have a go-bag ready by the door that has everything the little ones need. Mine includes:

  1. Diapers, and lots of them since I have no idea how long I will be gone
  2. Wipes
  3. At least one complete outfit, but two is better
  4. Seasonally appropriate wear (gloves, hats, boots, swimsuit, sunscreen)
  5. Lunch. I am so happy to have found childcare; I am going to make feeding my kids easy. Usually it is a couple boxes of mac and cheese, some snacks and if I am feeling fancy, sippy cups
  6. A card with all our contact info for the sitter
  7. A note on the top with things they need but I can’t pack ahead – shoes, blankets, a reminder to leave the carseats with the kids

For my older kids, when I am on-call I make sure their lunches are packed the night before and they are fully aware that they may have to wake up earlier to catch the bus. I also try and leave them a note in the morning letting them know where I am and that they can text or call if they need me.

This system is so easy and saves me the frantic rush of pulling all of their stuff together in the morning. If I happen to have a sitter that is coming to our house that birth, I simply leave the bag on the counter and let her know everything she should need is there.



  1. Deanna January 10, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I will totally be following you on these tips!

  2. tom January 10, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Sarah, you are the best!

  3. Sarah January 12, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Great tips and preparation!

  4. Haley January 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I need these tips for EVERYday. Hahahah Seriously! Awesome tips for being a birth photographer with kiddos.

    • admin January 12, 2018 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      I feel ya, I do this when I know I have to get out the door quickly too. Usually the hold up is my youngest telling me that anything with a tag is some type of medieval torture device.

  5. Rachel Schrepel January 13, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Great idea on blogging tips and information!! People eat this up!!

  6. Naomi January 14, 2018 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Thanks I love this! I documented 3 friends births and I loved it! But the stress of finding someone to care for my youngest plus the organization for the school kids is too much for now. I pretty much figured it out the same way you did though, plus had instructions ready for hubby for an easy and quick supper ( had forgotten this the first time, they almost starved lol)! I will be reading you!

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