Why Hire a Birth Photographer?
The short answer: Because memories fade, our partners deserve to be in the pictures too, and hiring a professional means you'll receive high quality & artistically created images by someone who understands birth. Birth photography & videography transports you back to this special moment in life so you can vividly relive all its details for the rest of your life.
Birth photography is one of the more challenging genres to document because everything about birth is unpredictable. The occurrence itself happens (usually) at random, lighting conditions are typically poor and a true pro knows how to navigate thoughtfully without interrupting your birth space. All of the reasons above are true when it comes to hiring a birth photographer, but let's go a little bit deeper into why. What do these moments mean and why is documenting them so important?
5. Imagine if you had a photograph or video highlighting one of the most meaningful moments in your life. I would love to go back and see images of my husband and I are on our first date. What would it mean to me if that moment was caught on camera? It would mean the world to me and my love of the moment would continue to grow over time. By hiring a birth photographer you get to capture one of life's biggest moments for your family. You'll be able to vividly reflect on these memories for the rest of your life and can share with your child their birth story. That's a pretty amazing gift & worthwhile investment.
4. I never thought it was possible to love my husband more after watching him support me through labor & post-partum. My respect & admiration for my husband grew exponentially in that birth room--I'm sure the feeling is mutual. I would also really love to see one of those raw moments of connection between us. I guess my point is labor is filled with so many meaningful moments that are impossible to take in when you're the one going through it. By documenting the experience you get to relive those moments (and share them with your family) for the rest of your life.
3. "I wish that was a thing when so-and-so was born." Whenever birth photography comes up in conversation and the person I'm chatting with has children they almost always express some level of regret not preserving their story. Either they didn't know about birth photography, didn't feel like it was important at the time, wanted to keep the moment private, didn't have the money or just decided to go a different direction. If you're interested even the least bit it might be worth looking in to more. We didn't have a photographer capture our daughters birth story and it's something my husband and I regret.
2. You hire a photographer to capture other pivotal moments in life. We hire photographers for graduation, when we become engaged, for our weddings, newborns, homecomings and anniversaries--why not our birth days? I love my husband and our wedding day was amazing, but the birth of our daughter is hands down the most amazing & epic moment of our life. Our society spends thousands on on weddings, from flowers to cake, food, linens, fancy rental cars for one day (not even a day) of celebration. The flowers die, cake & food get eaten, linens & rental cars go back, but the photos from the wedding day live on forever. Your birth day is just as important. You've gone through what might be years of trying to get pregnant, 40 weeks of growing a special little soul inside you, watching your body change and anticipating everything that's to come. Who will they look like? What are they going to be like? And when the moments start to unfold you'll likely want more than cell phone pics to look at.
We aren't afraid to spend money for beautiful things or for to pay more creative perspective & skillset. We pick out new outfits, get our hair & makeup done, find the most amazing location and cross our fingers that our kiddos cooperate well enough during the photo session.
So what about those beautiful moments that occur naturally in life? Are those moments equally valuable to us? Are they more?
1. The obvious, birth is beautiful. Gut-wrenchingly beautiful. Laboring people are beautiful & their partners supporting them is beautiful. Their doula & the other carefully selected birth professionals selected to support the family through birth are doing something beautiful. The family in the waiting room or siblings waiting to come meet baby for the very first time. Love & beautiful are spilling out of every second and what a gift it is to relive & share those moments for the rest of your life. And to be a child familiar with your birth, the power of the human body and the love that fills the air in those first moments together.