Out of all of the experiences I’ve had so far in my life, the births of my children are the ones that bring me the most joy. Before I had kids, I thought that I would remember every detail about the moment they came into my life, but now those memories are being replaced by newer experiences, and I WISH I would have invested in a birth photographer. At the time I didn’t even know what birth photography was. I had no idea that someone could come and professionally provide me with gorgeously touching images of such a special time. Don’t get me wrong. The photos that I do have are precious to me, but I know that having a complete series of photos documenting my births would have added significantly to my experiences. Below is a collection of reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on hiring a birth photographer to capture and professionally document your future birth(s).
It’s not just about memories, but authentic emotions as well.
It’s one thing to have a couple of snap shots of your husband or partner holding your baby, but it’s completely something out of this world to have a photograph capturing the look on his face as he sees and meets his child for the first time. It’s not just sweet. It’s raw, and it’s powerful. A professional photographer will also capture the details that you notice, like tiny fingers and toes, a sweet scrunchy face, and newly soft tufts of brand new baby hair. These are the details that you think you will remember, but in the rush of the moment you will most likely not capture each of them in print.
It doesn’t always have to be totally up close and ultra personal.
Before I go into a birth space to begin documenting the occasion I have done my best to meet with my clients several times to really get to know their exact expectations. We have very important conversations about what they want, and don’t want, included in their collection of photographs. Some people have a very “go for it!” attitude about including all the personal details and angles while others are more specific about only wanting certain shots. I work hard to make each of my clients comfortable with me in order to be invited into such an intimate space. It’s an amazing privilege that I wholeheartedly respect.
It solidifies your birth experience as your story to tell, and what a beautiful story it is.
Anyone who has had children or worked in the birth services industry will tell you that babies and birth are often unpredictable. Sometimes things do not always go as planned, and for some women it can become a heavy burden that they did not get to birth the way they had originally intended. I truly believe in giving a woman every single opportunity to have the birth experience that she wants, but when things sometimes change along the way birth photography can offer women a way to find the beauty in their story. Looking back at photos and seeing precious details or moments of incredible strength can help improve the overall experience for some women.
It’s a once in a lifetime experience.
There are no do-overs in this field, and once it’s done you can’t go back and recapture the moments. I’ve heard many couples who have had reservations about hiring a birth photographer for all sorts of reasons, but I’ve never heard a story of someone ever regretting having hired one. Years from now, I’m certain that most people would not decline the opportunity to look through beautiful images from the day their child was born. It truly is an amazing experience that deserves to be celebrated.