Your birth photography package, at a minimum, will include 4 weeks of on-call photography.
This means from 38 weeks gestation onward, your photographer will be turning down vacations and too-serious commitments to attend your birth, because she has no idea when you will go into labor (yep, even if you have a scheduled birth you could go into labor first.).
Your photographer will miss her Anniversary dinner, anything, to attend your birth.
Even if you go into labor before your on-call period, she will do everything in her power to rearrange her schedule and life to be there for you. Not only will she join you at your birth location at 2am, but she will also stay with you for 20 hour if needed.
She will use high-quality professional equipment to ensure high quality professional photographs. She will maintain and insure that equipment. That equipment has cost her thousands of dollars.
Then, after documenting your story and being (almost) as exhausted as you are, she will go home and get a quick nap. Then she will process your photographs and spend hours culling, editing, and curating your flawless Birth Story Gallery... depending on your package... there's more. Much more to be done.
Oh... and because she wants to give you a top notch experience, she takes no more than 3 births a month. Which means she greatly limits her income sources. For you. She does this all willingly. With a smile.
But shouldn't she be valued?
Shouldn't she be compensated too?
Your wedding photographer was...
With all that....
shouldn't your birth photographer cost more than your wedding photographer?
But she doesn't... does she?
Does $1250 sound expensive now...?