When people hear the term “birth photographer,” they are one of two things – excited or confused. For the confused folks, it’s usually because they are questioning why a person would want someone photographing their birth in the first place.
As our work is becoming more known and welcomed, more and more families are choosing to hire a photographer to document this monumental moment in their life. Perhaps you’re still on the fence… Well, mama, keep reading for my top 5 reasons why you should consider having your birth photographed.
# 1 – Birth of Any Kind is Celebratory
Regardless if you are giving birth at home, or in the hospital, a medicated birth, or water birth – however it happens, birth is incredible, life changing and should be celebrated.
Everything else leading up to this moment has been celebrated from the gender reveal to showering the baby before his or her arrival. Not to mention, he or she will be celebrated year after year with annual birthday parties.
Why not see the baby’s birth as a time to celebrate as well? It is certainly a moment in time that deserves to be highlighted and cherished!
# 2 – Capture the Visual Story
Everything changes the moment your child enters the world, and the feel of their warm body pressed against yours solidifies that.
Words can forever tell of this time, but photographs have the ability to actually capture the visual depths of this moment. Your body grew your baby, birthed your baby, and birth photography provides evidence of your incredible strength.
# 3 – More Focus on Family Connection
When you’re trying to embrace your new baby, take pictures, and post the good news on social media, it can become overwhelming. Or, perhaps looking back over your few snapped iPhone pics makes you wish you had captured that one special moment, or that one particular angle.
Choosing to have your birth photographed takes care of those things all while making room for you to focus on being completely present during labor and delivery, and then connect with your precious new little family member without distraction.
# 4 – Memorabilia
Having all the little details photographed at their birth is something that a lot of mamas say they cherish the most. The things that you forget about, because you are working so hard bringing your sweet little one earth-side – the way your husband supports you through rushes, the way your older children feed you snacks or your doula gives the best hip squeezes. These are the things you will want to remember.
Having pictures of this special day is not only a keepsake for you, but these priceless moments can also be used to decorate the baby’s nursery, made into baby announcements, and shared in thank you cards from baby shower gifts received.
# 5 – Professionalism
I saved this reason for last because it’s one of the most important. By all means you could snag your sister, mother, or even the dad-to-be to snap the photos of you and your baby’s special day. However, the truth of the matter is unless they are a professional photographer, your pictures may not turn out that good.
Not to mention, your family members will most likely want to enjoy this special time just as much as you will. Birth photographers have the ability to stay out of the way while having a keen eye to capture important moments.
Have Your Next Birth Photographed By a Professional
As the quote by Aaron Siskind says, “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
This is what birth photography aims to capture… the story of your precious and growing family.
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In the meantime, if you would like more information on booking a birth session, let’s connect!