So, you want a birth photographer? Congratulations!
In my previous sessions with clients, moms are so hyper-focused on the birth that they just simply do not remember what was going on. At the end of your birth, when everything has calmed down and you’ve had time to spend with your new baby, the pictures from the birth will serve as a filler for what you missed. A look from the outside in. In other words, a view that you would otherwise miss, and an experience that you might not remember.
Birth photography sessions are special and intimate. I have compiled a list of things to consider when choosing your birth photographer.
1. Make sure that you like the photographer’s style.
This is the most important thing. It is great if you like the photographer but if you do not like their style of work, there is no point. Make sure that when you contact your potential photographer that you look at their work and make sure that they can capture images that you will be proud of. After all, they will be capturing all the details and moments that fill up your baby’s birth days and birth day.
2. MAKE SURE THAT YOU AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER VIBE WELL
You and your photographer should be able to have an extensive conversation, get to know each other, meet for coffee (decaf) or tea. As a birth photographer, it’s just as important to me as it should be to you that we both feel comfortable with each other. The birth day of your child is one of the most important days of your life. Make sure that this is someone that you are happy with and that you want to have around during this sacred engagement.
3. INVITE THEM INTO YOUR SPACE
Having your photographer come into your home is a sure way to feel them out. If you are having a birth at home, let them come and see the space that they will be welcomed into so that they can get a rough idea of where it will all take place. Talk to them about what you expect and what you would like from their images if you have an idea. Communicate with them to continue to feel them out. It’s okay to not get the feeling that this is that right person for you and keep looking.
As best as your spirit can try to get a feel for their energy. This person will be in a very sacred and intimate space that requires a soft, gentle loving and thoughtful energy. In my past sessions, my clients loved how silent and subtle I was. They say that it’s almost as if I wasn’t even there.
As a photographer, sometimes you work with mom, dad, doula, nurse practitioner, relatives etc. The photographer’s job should be to capture everything, but essentially also not be in the way of the team. More importantly, a good photographer will know to stay out of the way. Finding someone graceful who can execute your photography effortlessly and with stealth who can also get along with you, your family and team should be the goal.
Make sure the photographer has good enough equipment. I shot my first birth with three cameras. One of then captured video the entire time, and the other two, my Sony Nex 7 and my Sony Alpha (my full frame) captured the magic. It’s not necessary to have thousand-dollar equipment but at least make sure that your photographer uses a camera with a detachable lens.
Note: Understand that this is an investment worth making. As a birth photographer, it took me doing my first birth session for free to realize all of the hard work that comes into birth photography. Your photographer will be on-call 24/7 for weeks and sometimes months. They will not make plans, they will cancel plans, leave their families, pets, wake up at 2 AM and stay hours and sometimes days until the baby is born. Afterward, they will go through thousands of images, edit and weave together the story of your story.
With that being said, if you’re looking to hire a birth photographer, Well-wishings! And good luck on your search! Have any questions, experiences or comments about birth photography? Please comment and share below.
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