Why You May Want to Consider Hiring a Birth Photographer

When I tell people I’m a birth photographer it’s not unusual to hear things like “oh that’s a thing?” and “why would anyone want to photograph that?” Although I’m used to it, comments like those still sometimes catch me off guard because I’d argue that meeting your child for the first time is one of the most pivotal moments in your life - more pivotal than even your wedding - and nobody questions why you would want to remember your wedding day!

Part of the skepticism, I think, comes from the belief that birth photography is about getting those crowning shots or showing a lot of nudity. Let’s be honest, there tends to be a lot of nudity at births because for many women that’s how they’re most comfortable birthing, and yeah, there has to be some nudity involved as part of the process. But did you know that I’ve shot many births now where I can guarantee you won’t even find a nipple showing in the hundreds of photos I take? If nudity isn’t your thing, that’s ok, birth photography isn’t about nudity.

Birth photography is about telling your unique birth story.

It’s about documenting your strength and resilience during labour, and your baby’s first cry, and the look on your partner’s face when they see your child for the first time.

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Yes, your partner, friend, or family member can take photos for you, but I’ve got some compelling (I hope!) reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional birth photographer:

We are storytellers.

We don’t just take pictures. Our goal is to document your story and all of those important moments that make your story special (and I promise it is special!). After your birth I don’t hand over images and that’s it - I put together a professional birth story video that tells your story. If you want to see an example of a birth story video, click me.

Births are often challenging environments to photograph.

Truthfully, birth photography is one of the most challenging types of photography because the birth space is often dark. A good consumer camera will struggle to capture photos that are not blurry or out of focus. Just take a look at the photo below from my very own birth with my first - my husband captured this moment and bless him, it’s not the best. The room was not very dark at the time, but dark enough that his camera struggled and this was the best it could do.

Image captured by my husband

Image captured by my husband

I’ve invested in some of the best camera equipment for low light environments, and the training to know how to use it in even the most challenging spaces. There’s no camera on auto when I come your birth - I have full control of the settings so I don’t miss a shot!

My only goal is to document all those precious moments.

Your partner, friend, or family member is emotionally invested in your birth, and may get caught up in the moment and miss those seconds or minutes you wish you could look back on. Birth photography is my job, and my only focus is on capturing those moments for you to cherish forever. Plus, having a professional photographer at your birth gives your support team one less thing to do so they can focus entirely on you!

If you want to learn more about birth photography and whether it’s right for you, just pop me an email and I’d be thrilled to answer any questions you have.