Why I hired a birth photographer | Guest interview
Today’s post is all about one of my FAVORITE parts of my job – birth photography. Whenever I bring this up at parties, I get a lot of weird reactions – LOTS of people have never heard of birth photography and the idea freaks people out. I’m always ready with the answers to the FAQ: “No, I’m not all up in there,” “No, it’s not gross at all,” “It’s about the emotions and the moments” etc. But nothing explains it like hearing straight from someone who has experienced it, so I interviewed one of my recent birth clients
to get her side of the story. Enjoy! xo
– What drew you to the idea of having a birth photographer?
“As a first time mom, preparing for my labor was filled with excitement and uncertainty. I felt like I was preparing to meet three people the day of my daughter’s birth–my baby, my husband as a new dad, and myself as a mother. I worried that I’d feel overwhelmed and struggle to remember the details later and I wanted to keep all my memories–my baby’s tiny hands and feet, the look on my husband’s face when he met his daughter, everything. Knowing I would have beautiful images to help me preserve those memories helped me to feel present during my labor and delivery.”
– What were you most hoping to capture during your birth?
“I wanted candid, intimate photos of our first moments together as a family and lots of pictures of my baby’s features and my husband interacting with her. But perhaps most importantly, I wanted my daughter to have a physical reminder of how loved she has been from the day she was born. We gave her all of her birth photos in an album for her first Christmas so she can always come back to them.”
– What was your favorite photograph(s) from your birth?
“My favorite picture is one of all three of us–it captures the first time we saw our baby. My husband’s expression is so tender and loving.”
– What was your reaction to seeing your photographs for the first time?
“My birth experience was such a mixture of joy and fear and grief and excitement, and I think it’s that way for many women. It’s a lot to process, whether your labor and delivery are textbook perfect or not. I was so overwhelmingly blessed to deliver a healthy baby and have minimal complications with my labor, but even so those first few weeks were a blur of mixed emotions and hormones and tears as my body and brain tried to register what had just happened to me, all while learning to care for this tiny, perfect being that was suddenly in my life. Seeing my photos was incredibly centering and helped me to put the intense whirlwind that is giving birth into focus. Reliving the experience through the photographs took me far enough outside myself to appreciate the strength it took to deliver my daughter and the powerful beauty of bringing life into the world. These photos played a pivotal role in helping me digest, embrace and celebrate my birth story. “
– What would you say to other moms who may be on the fence about hiring a birth photographer?
“Do it. I’m not someone who enjoys having my photo taken and I had some doubts about whether or not I would feel comfortable with a camera in the room. Emily was so gentle and unobtrusive (in the best way possible) that I forgot that the camera was there at all. I worried that I’d be too self-conscious to truly capture our reactions but this wasn’t the case at all–each image is real. As someone who is intensely private, the skill of my birth photographer was critical. Emily was the perfect balance of quiet, respectful and good humored. She acted as a support during my labor in addition to capturing beautiful images. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”