11 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Birth Photographer

 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.

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Quality Images

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 

 

  1. Best Gift

 

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.

 

 

  1. 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!!

 

Jes

xxx

The Amazing Hypnobirth of Baby Lyla

The Amazing Hypnobirth of Baby Lyla.

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The moment I met Sarah I knew that she was going to change my concept of birth entirely and that together we were going to be a force to be reckoned with in changing the face of birth in Hobart.

 

Sarah is a trained psychologist and Hypnobirth Practioner, I initially contacted her to network, To learn more about what it was she did and to see if she would be happy enough to exchange brochures for us to share with clients. I didn’t realize Sarah her self was about 30 weeks pregnant, We clicked instantly and before our second meeting I was booked in to photograph her birth.

 

During our meeting Sarah told me the birth story of her first baby, During that pregnancy she had hoped and prepared to have a Home Birth but after a long, hard labour Sarah was stuck in the second stage and was failing to make progress so the decision was made to transfer to the hospital for assistance with the delivery.

 

Sarah expressed to me how this time around she wanted to be able to give birth in the water at home, Sarah had been working really hard to visualize and focus on that moment, learning to really trust in her body and its ability even more so and regularly practiced Hypnobirthing Australia Techniques, That she teaches to her clients.

 

We kept in regular contact until her delivery day. Sarah was 41 weeks and was growing tired of waiting, I remember her saying she thought her baby might never come out, and I joked with her that clearly she had made a very comfy home in her womb for her baby.

 

It was a Saturday, at about 7am when I got the first message to say that things had been happening through the night but there was no need to rush, because they were anticipating a long labour like the first.

 

I had a full day of mini sessions booked in, and I was unsure whether to attempt to get through them or to reschedule them now incase I was to be called out, Sarah was about an hour drive from my home, So I needed to have some time up my sleeve.

A couple of hours later, Sarah messaged to say labour had stalled, but her midwife still thought it would happen today and they were going to go for a walk and get some rest in.

 

I decided to get through the morning sessions, And together with my clients made the decision to reschedule the afternoon ones, And good thing I did as I got the next message from Andrew – Sarah’s Husband at 3:30Ish, Calmly saying “Things are progressing nicely, if you would like to make your way out here when you can” Thankfully I was packed and ready to go, I jumped straight into the car and made the drive over the river, I had a feeling that things were going to happen a lot quicker then they had anticipated, I actually went to bed the Friday Night thinking Saturday would be the BIRTH day, Usually I get this feeling with my clients the night before, ( I always make sure my hair is washed and straightened when that feeling comes on as I know ill be called away at any moment) Of course there was a car broken down on the bridge which delayed traffic slightly, But I made it… Just…

As I arrived the second midwife arrived too, I knew that meant we were getting close to delivery.

 

As I entered the room ever so quietly, Doing my very best not to drop my lens cap or run into the couch, (I have a tendency to embarrass myself by drawing attention unintentionally) There was beautiful soft music playing and a gorgeous aroma burning filling the room, Sarah was in the birth pool, Her midwife gently pouring water over her back, Sarah was on all fours with her elbows up over the birth pool (which caused her a lot of pain and a very dead arm for some weeks to follow) Her husband Andrew was whispering softly positive Hypnobirthing affirmations in her ear.

 

As she rode through each surge, so peacefully and calmly It was hard to tell that she was even actually even in labour as I knew it, As she breathed her baby down and reached down to touch her babies head, a smile came to her face as if to say “I’m doing it” Sarah kept breathing, and the anticipation and excitement was filling the room, A smile on everyone’s face, Pride beaming from us all, we knew how much this was going to mean to Sarah, a few short moments later Sarah was catching her baby, herself in the water with her darling midwife and loving husband by her side just as she had hoped and dreamed about.

 

It was truly beautiful and appeared effortless, hiding behind my camera tears streamed down my face, I had only known Sarah for a short time, But I just couldn’t help be so proud of her, and feel that sense of accomplishment with her.

 

This moment, I will never forget and it gives me goose bumps every time I look at her images “ I did It” She cried with so much joy and love and strength and courage and power written all over her face.

 

Oh yes she did. She birthed her baby beautifully and it was an absolute honor to be there and capture this moment for her.

If you are interested in having a Calm, Empowering Birth, I strongly recommend you contact Sarah at www.sarahpurveypsychology.com and book into her next Hypnobirth Class!!

Why Hire a Birth Photographer?

Why should you hire a Birth Photographer?

Did you know there is actually a scientific reason why? Read on…

 

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I have been doing a little (maybe a lot) of research lately about what happens to the brain of a woman when she is in Labour and I am fascinated about what I am learning and am excited to say there is more then just the obvious reason to hire a Birth Photographer!

Have you heard of the Neocortex part of the brain? It is the part of the brain that is responsible for sensory perception, spatial reasoning, conscious thought and language.

Ideally during labour our brains should purely be in a primitive state, during this state, hormones are released that allow the uterus to contract, allowing your body to open and for your baby to move down and make his way out.
The neocortex should be switched off during childbirth. Any stimulation to this part of the brain during labour will release adrenaline, which will shut down the primitive part of the brain. As we know Adrenalin will slow labour down.
Keeping the lights low, avoiding loud noises and not doing lots of talking are simple ways to ensure the Neocortex part of the brain is switched off and the Primitive part is doing its thing!
So that is why so many women after giving birth are unable to remember those finer more emotional details of there birth, Because their brain is not in a state to take it all in!

Cue Birth Photographer! HEHE.

I can be there to make up for that, your role during childbirth is to focus on birthing your baby, you shouldn’t be thinking about or worrying about everything else that is going on in the room, That is my job, I will record the small details, what the room looked like, the expression on your partners face, I will encapsulate those moments for you, So you can relive your birth story, When you are ready to take it all in.
I just can not get enough of soaking up all this birthy goodness.

 

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