Imagine with me for a second that you are grey and old. Your children have grown up and are all moved out of your house. They’re married now and they’ve provided you with sweet grandchildren that you adore. Now imagine being able to open a memory box with images from one of the most important days of your life – the birth of your child. Imagine the happiness and love you will feel when you’re able to remember those sweet moments that changed your life forever. Imagine being able to share with your grandchildren the day that their very own parent was brought into this world and compare similaraties between the two of them.
Yes, it’s true! I have never heard anyone say those words. BUT I have heard them say:
“I WISH I hired a birth photographer”
“I WISH I knew about birth photography for my last baby”
“Everything went so fast, I forgot all of the details”
“I wish my husband was able to support me during labor instead of taking pictures”
“My cell phone pictures came out dark and grainy”
When your child is old enough, you’ll be able to look back at these photos with them and walk them through the day that they were brought into this world. And better yet, when your children have children, you’ll be able to show your grandkids high-quality images of the first moments of their parents’ life.
A lot of people hand their cell phone to their partner to snap some pictures of labor, but your partner should be there to support your through labor and help you bring your baby into the world.
In addition, the quality of photo produced from a cell phone is far less superior than a photo from a professional camera – especially in low light situations. (which brings me into my next point!)
Part of being a great birth photographer is having good photography gear that will preform well in ALL birthing situations. In addition to having great gear with amazing low light capabilities, I understand how to use my camera’s settings in manual mode. Using manual mode allows me to tweak and change different settings to produce the best photos possible.
Below is an example of a cell phone quality image vs. an image from a professional camera.
As a mother myself, I understand that birth is an intimate and private moment. Birth stories aren’t just crowning images, but rather they tell a whole story from the start of active labor until the first few hours with your new baby. I will always protect your privacy and will never share images that you don’t want me to share. I understand the vulnerability and intimacy of birth photography and I will ensure you’re comfortable and happy with what is or isn’t shared publicly. Your photos will be delivered through a password protected online gallery.
In addition, I am accepting of every woman’s choice to have the birth experience that they think is best for themselves. I have attended hospital, home and birth center births, as well as unmedicated and medicated births – each being beautifully unique in their own way.
If you’re interested in finding out more or if you would like to ask me questions, contact me here!
BONUS: A Doula’s View on Birth Photography.