cinematic live childbirth
docubirth is a sophisticated, emotional documentation of your childbirth, brought to you by Los Angeles-based feature documentary director and editor James Carroll.
Below are select films that will give you an idea of my style, combining both photography and motion in an edited cinematic movie.
“James’ birthdoc video of our son Luca’s birth is the best thing we could have done for our family. The video heightened and lifted the birthing experience (which is already a miraculous event) to another level. He captured the most intimate, humorous and special moments while being very professional and thoughtful of the needs of the mother to be (me), father to be, baby, and anyone else in the room. It’s as if James is not in the room except when you want him to be there. We feel very special to work with him at this point of his ascending directing and photographer career especially since no one else is doing videos like this! Not in the artistic, profound and fun way he is doing it! Also, James is just a great person all around. He has become part of our family in many ways.”
“James documented the birth of our son 14 months ago. As a full-time graduate student with three children under 10 years old (and another on the way) I haven’t had time to write the review he deserves. That said, I’d like to write something about James, even if it’s not as perfect as I’d rehearsed in my head a million times. James was kind, supportive, present and helpful before the baby came. He checked in with me often and his texting presence helped lift me up through that last week, (which as you moms know is very uncomfortable). He arrived promptly when I went into labor and put together the most beautiful film of the delivery of our son. We watched it again last night and both started weeping like babies. If you’re on the fence about documenting the birth, do it. I didn’t do it for my first two children and will never have those first few precious moments back. I wish I had filmed their births, because what James put together for #3 is nothing short of a sensational masterpiece. Thank you James.”
“Our precious princess Victoria turns 6 months today. And it is also exactly six months ago today that James brought such a joyous and special day in our lives to forever be captured through the eyes of a professional cinematographer. James is no ordinary photographer or videographer. He is an artist that tells a story of the birth of your child. My wife and I put a lot of thought into this and are so glad we did. James by far is in a league of his own. He is one creative gentleman that has a knack for capturing the human spirit and the emotion of such huge life events. For us it was a seven year journey to welcome Victoria. So it was a big deal for us to capture the essence of one of the happiest days of our lives for us to share with friends and family. Especially as a keepsake for our child to one day relive the day she made us parents. We highly recommend James if you are considering having both a photographer and video for the birth of your child. If you’d like more detail, feel free to reach out. As a master editor, he pieced together the footage into one very powerful story to be told of our journey. We just can’t say enough about him. He is genuinely caring and was with us from the start. When the time was here for Victoria to come, his commitment is always to be there regardless of day or hour. His accessibility, punctuality, and professionalism was impeccable. Trust us, this is an investment you will never regret. We can’t wait to have Jim back to capture Victoria’s first Happy Meal!”
“My husband and I had the most amazing experience using James Carroll to capture the birth of our daughter. He documented the delivery with professionalism, discretion, sensitivity and talent. And, as a result, we have an exquisite short film we can share with, not only family, but with friends and colleagues. With our first 2 children, my husband attempted to video the birth himself. Unfortunately, that resulted in him stuck behind a camera getting footage we would never want to share, and, most importantly, he was distracted at a very important time. Having James shoot the delivery was the best part of our birth plan. He moved around the room quietly capturing all the important moments. I almost forgot he was there. But more than that, he is so talented. The imagery, the music and the editing all came together in a modern, sophisticated and beautiful way. My husband and I both work in television, so creatively, we’re very particular about the look and feel of video and photography. We were blown away with the end result. I can not say enough good things about our time with James. Only to say thank you for making the experience so effortless and the video something we will cherish for years to come. He not only captured the birth of our daughter in an amazing way, he allowed us both to forget about cameras and enjoy the special experience together.”
Childbirth Photographer . Home birth . Hospital birth . Water birth
The day will be captured with the best quality camera/lens combination in the world.
The Canon C300 and the Canon 5DMark3.
Option one: delivery only . still photography . all images color corrected – $1400
Option two: labor & delivery only . still + motion photography . edited cinematic movie – $2400
Option three: home + labor + delivery + first meeting . two day shoot . edited cinematic movie – $3200
payment plans available . questions please call me anytime . 310 561 2223
Included in all options:
In person meeting to talk about all the details, including exactly the coverage you want during delivery.
Depending on what option above, full unlimited coverage starts at labor till 1 hour after birth.
24/7 on call from 38 weeks until Birth | Serving 50 miles out from the center of Los Angeles, CA
a $200 deposit holds the day.
Please send me your questions or thoughts. I will respond within 24 hours.