March 6, 2018
Are you unsure about this whole birth photography thing? That’s ok! I know I was before my most recent birth, and that’s why I’ve put together some thoughts for you to consider if you’re a little apprehensive about inviting a birth photographer to be part of your birth team.
One of 2 reactions typically follow when I tell someone I’m a birth photographer: one is genuine delight and wonderment while the other is genuine curiosity and, dare I say, bewilderment. I completely understand both responses.
Before the birth of my first child, I was scared and dreaded everything that was about to happen to my body. Needless to say, I would have been more than a little uncomfortable with anyone but my husband and necessary medical professionals in the delivery room. However, my fears were unfounded and his birth was a wonderful experience of which I wish I had photos.
Fast forward 6 years and my ideas about birth have come full circle from those months leading up to my first birth. After 3 positive and different birth experiences (2 pitocin induced with epidurals and 1 planned unmedicated delivery), I’ve learned that birth doesn’t have to include fear, and you’ll likely never wish for less photos of this life changing event.
Understandably, though, birth photos are of a very personal nature, and I know that may create a little apprehension. While some families can’t wait to share their birth photography session, others are not so inclined and prefer for their birth images to be viewed only by their family and close friends. Because I had so many emotions going into my first labor and delivery, I was personally surprised by how eager I was to share photos from my third baby’s birth. Granted, that decision came after I started photographing births myself, and I absolutely understand if you’re concerned about protecting your personal images. Privacy and client confidentiality are extremely important to me, and I will stand by whatever decision you make when it comes to sharing (or not sharing) your birth story.
If you’re on the fence about having your birth photographed, I want you to know that I understand your concerns and apprehension. I know that you may be wondering how you’ll look, what I’ll see and if you’ll be comfortable with someone else in the delivery room; I wondered some of the same things when I had my most recent birth documented! In light of that, I make your comfort and preferences my number one priority and always get to know birth families before the big day. The initial consultation is a great place to get that conversation started. At that first meeting, not only will we begin to get to know each other, we’ll discuss things like where you’d like me to be positioned during your baby’s birth, things you definitely want and definitely don’t want photographed, whether you’re comfortable sharing some of your images, and what happens if things don’t go as planned.
I’d love to answer some questions and put your mind at ease. Contact me here to schedule a consultation and reserve your due date! I’d be honored to be your birth photographer and look forward to hearing from you!