11 Reasons why you Should Hire A Birth Photographer…
AKA My top 11 reasons why I think you should jump off the fence and have me join you in the birth suite.
More often than not when I say I am a Birth Photographer, I usually have people look at me with a confused, wrinkled brow face, as if to say… “Really? Does that mean you are, you know… down there?” Because the word Vagina is a little bit to risqué to say!
But yep that is right I can be found “down there” taking a photo or two of the moment your baby arrives earth side but you will also find me in all sorts of places in the birth suite because Birth Photography is SO much more then just photos of a baby coming out of a vagina.
I have many women contact me very early on in their pregnancy, Literally just peeed on the stick early, To book me in to document their pregnancy and birth, But I also have lots of women who are sitting on the fence about it and not really sure if it is for them or not, So I wanted to write my Top 11 Reasons why you should Hire a Birth Photographer. Aka my Top 11 Reasons why I think you should jump off that fence and have me join you in your birth suite.
The most obvious one… Memories
It is easy to look at birth and think, “Of course I would remember every second of the day my child was born, how could I not?”
The thing is when you are caught up in the moment, in each contraction and then throw in some crazy hormones and major sleep deprivation; you really don’t have the capacity to be focusing on everything that is happening around you. This is where I come in, I help you piece that puzzle together in your head chronologically. I fill in the pieces you don’t remember. Which then makes it really easy for you to write your birth story down or to share it with your loved ones.
My children absolutely LOVE spending hours looking through photo albums of when they were a baby and hearing the stories we have to tell, and I must admit I love it just as much, Looking through the photos and telling the stories of the days they arrive brings me so much joy, I can just imagine sitting back in my rocking chair, old and grey and looking back over them, telling my children’s children the stories of their parents births. Imagine how much more powerful those stories are with photographs to go with them. I can actually show them the moment I touched them for the very first time, the moment their daddy cut their umbilical cord. A photograph has a way of really putting us right back in that scene, the memories of course are always tucked deep in our hearts, but birth photographs just add that something else. Birth Photography doesn’t have to be something that is shared with the public; it is something you can pop in your memory box and share only if you wish.
Capture All The Details You Miss
I love to capture what the weather is doing outside as I arrive, the patterns created by the clouds in the sky or the stars in the night, images of your babies heart beat on the monitors, friends and family eagerly anticipating the news in the waiting room, I capture all the moments big and small so that you can relive your birth story all over again.
So You Can Enter Your Primal State
Labour is hard work, you know the whole process of pushing a baby out of your vagina is really quite exhausting and scientifically we know that in order for you to be able to do that hard work you really need to focus 100% that is why during labour the Neocortex part of the brain switches off allowing your body to enter the primal state meaning you can only really focus on getting that baby earth side.
You shouldn’t be worrying about who’s got the camera or making sure they are getting the shots that you want.
Take the pressure off yourself and your partner and let a professional take care of documenting your birth story.
So You Are Centre of Attention
One of the main reasons I don’t have any photos of my first baby being born is because my husband was way to busy doing an absolutely amazing job focusing on ME.
Having me there with you during your birth means your birth partners can focus on the most important part, YOU.
And plus your birth partners are part of your babies birth story too and they should be included in the birth story photographs.
While your average phone can capture pretty great shots these days, it still doesn’t have the ability to capture what a professional camera can do. Birth lighting and flattering angles can be tough in the birth suite, I, as a professional birth photographer not only know and understand that, but know how to use my camera in just the right ways to get those perfect quality photos that will last a lifetime.
I am A Professional Birth Worker
Not only do I know how to take and provide excellent quality photos, I understand birth. I have witnessed enough births to know generally how labour unfolds, I can prepare for certain photo opportunities and I know how to maintain the mood and energy in the birth space. I also know how to remain professional in the birthing environment. Experienced birth photographers know the flow of birth and how to position themselves so they are not in the way but still able to capture the moments you hired them for. I often have midwives say they don’t even notice I am in the room, I remember one asking “How do you get around so quick and without being noticed, one minute I look and see you over there and then next minute your over here” It takes a particular skill set.
A Fresh Perspective
Having your birth photographed allows you to see your birth from a totally different perspective; it allows you to understand how others may have felt in the room with you and it allows you to really take the time to process your birth story. It will give you an entirely new appreciation to one of the toughest yet most rewarding days of your life. Birth Photography can offer healing if there was birth trauma previously or during your birth, But more than anything birth photography is extremely empowering for a mother, to be able to look back on images of yourself enduring the stages of labour where you may have felt weak and vulnerable but to see only strength and success, Can really help you during your postpartum period.
It’s all about the feels
As a birth photographer my main focus is capturing the emotion in the birth suite, I thrive on it. Emotion is my best friend. I want you to be able to look at your images in years to come and remember not only how that felt in that exact moment but really feel it all over again as if it was yesterday.
The birth of your baby is just as important as the day you get married
Couples spend thousands of dollars on hiring the perfect wedding photographer to document “one of the best days of their lives”, You probably have done it recently, yet hardly any of those couples are having the discussion as to whether or not they should be documenting the birth of their baby. The birth of your baby only happens once; It will be one of the most amazing, life changing, momentous occasions of your life. It should be professionally recorded, just as your wedding day was.
Other than the gorgeous baby you get to bring home, getting your birth photos back might possibly be the best gift you can have during your postpartum.
Those first months just fly by and it is easy to get caught up in the exhaustion of the newborn life of feeding, settling, and sleeping. That your birth can feel like a distant memory, and you may feel nostalgic.
Scrolling through your birth photos will make all the beautiful oxytocin come rushing back and give you an instant dose of happiness.
They grow so fast and you will forget
Everyone says it, and it really used to drive me crazy when people would say it to me, but it is sooooo true. Babies really do grow fast, they lose that fresh wrinkly just born look within hours, and that squishy newborn look within weeks, and it is gone never to return again. You will forget how teeny tiny their hands are and that little tuff of hair. Let me record all of that for you, so you never have to forget.
So, How did I do? Are you ready to book me in to capture your birth? I sure hope so! My diary is open and I am now taking bookings for the remainder of 2017 and right into 2018, Contact me today to book your date!!