What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when birth photography is mentioned? Is it “ew, yuck!” or “I wish I had photos of my baby’s births“?
Several articles have been written recently on the topic of birth photography and unfortunately, not all in a good light. I have been photographing births for over a year now, and I can truly say I am passionate about birth photography.
I am also a proud member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, a group of photographers just as passionate as I am about birth photography.
Birth is a sacred event…and those first moments of your baby’s life can never be relived…but with birth photography they can be remembered and remembered beautifully.
Before I photograph a birth I meet with my clients to get to know them a bit. As we chat I find out just what shots are important to them. For some moms, it’s their partner’s reaction…to some it’s the moments just after birth. Some moms and dads want ever detail captured.
At every birth I try to be the proverbial fly on the wall. I stay in the background.
I capture the moments.
Sure, dad can take some photos too…but not of himself at the birth.
Or what about the view from mom’s bed?
Or the moment she finally meets her little one for the first time?
Or the moments mom misses while the doctors look over her little one?
And c-sections? Those moments deserve to be captured as well.
Every birth is a miracle and I try to preserve a small part of that miracle for each family I work with.