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

Caesarean Birth Photography

Caesarean Birth Photography

Only days after the outrageous Internet article about the Birth Photographer refusing to enter the OR went Viral, here I was at 6am begging doctors and nurses to allow me to go in, not only as a Birth Photographer but also as an extra support person.

 

Standing there being told that I was not going to be allowed to enter the OR to take photos of the birth of this baby, and support this mum to be, made my heart absolutely ache. I was gutted, to say the least. I stood in the room, in front of the parents trying so hard to fight the tears from rolling down my face,(I swear I was blinking like an indicator) biting my tongue so as not to make the situation worse.

Who wrote this policy and what are they thinking to dictate a women’s right to professional photographs of the most important day of her life?

 

As a 3 x caesarean mother myself, I know first hand how important these images are and the immense healing power they serve in the postpartum period, Having had an emergency caesarean due to a life threatening condition at 32 weeks with my first pregnancy, I know all to well what it is like to have little to no recollection of the birth of your baby. I wish SO much almost everyday that we had just one image from her birth, just something to trigger a memory or anything that recorded that day.

 

 

During a natural vaginal delivery we know that the Neocortex part of the brain switches off, allowing the body to enter that primal state of purely focusing on bringing the baby down and out, Photographs serve as the perfect pieces to the overall story of a women’s birth experience, it allows her to process her entire birth, with out the gaps in her memory, it allows her to heal if there was birth trauma, it allows her to be empowered, inspired and gives her the opportunity to share her birth story to educate future generations.

It allows us to help normalize birth, all types of birth.

 

While there probably isn’t that significant brain change during a caesarean section, you are usually not an active participant in the birth process, You are most likely strapped to a bed, arms spread, numb from the boobs down, hooked up to a ton of machines. You’re most likely feeling queasy, highly anxious, and not to mention fully exposed in a room full of strangers it feels as if the whole world is watching.

If you feel comfortable enough and you have a good obstetrician (like those I have had the pleasure of working with) you may be able to have the curtain lowered to observe the birth of your baby. The baby is immediately whisked away to be checked over, while you lay there to be stitched back up, you miss the cutting of the cord, The first examinations, You miss seeing your baby covered in vernix and miss seeing your partners face while he looks and touches her for the first time… You lay there feeling alone and so overwhelmed, that it is near impossible to comprehend that you have even actually just given birth.

All of this NEEDS to be recorded, I don’t care if you birth at home, in a car, in a birth suite, in theatre or on the moon. To me having your birth story photographed is SUCH an important part of the post partum healing and recovery time and to me it seems absolutely ridiculous that hospital policies say there is to be no photographs taken during this most vulnerable time.

 

I can say that I suffered zero post natal depression after the birth of my third baby (having suffered severely after the birth of the first two) and while most might say “You’re just saying this” I truly believe that the images we have from his pregnancy and birth really allowed me to process all that I went through on that day, It allowed me to heal from my previous birth trauma because it gave me the answers to the things I missed.

 

Caesarean mothers already have so many of their rights and decisions taken away from them, this is just another one to add to that list and it has to stop now. We all threw our arms in the air and carried on because a photographer refused to photograph a Caesarean birth, because she didn’t believe it was birth, don’t you think we need to stop and think what we are doing wrong to make women think that way? Why are we as society treating Caesarean births so vastly different to vaginal births?

 

I am a professional; I have studied and worked extremely hard to perfect my craft, just like the doctors and nurses in the birth room or the OR. I have been hired by the parents to do my job in that birth space. I fully respect the role they play in the birth space and would absolutely love to have that reciprocated by those who write those stinking policies.

 

Its time for change and, I promise you now, I am going to work damn hard to make that happen.

To follow along I’d love you to connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.

There will be a petition for signing coming soon so please stay connected.

Jes

xx