I read something interesting the other day. Professional birth photography is apparently a growing business; meaning more and more moms are choosing to a have a photographer in the room with them to capture moments of labor and ultimately the birth of their child. At first I was sort of aghast at the idea, but the more I thought about, the more I appreciated and understand the desire to have one.The births of both Mila and Phoenix were the two most important days of my life thus far. And the majority of both of those days was a total blur.
My good friend Kat had a photographer in the room with her for the birth of her third baby (a cute little boy named Charlie). She sweetly agreed to answer some questions and share some of her photos with us.
1. What made you decide you wanted a photographer there to capture your labor and birth?
I've always loved photography, and since becoming a mother I have become fascinated with maternity and birth photography. It's such an amazing, beautiful, intense- and relatively short (though it sure doesn't feel like that when you're living it!) period in a woman's life. We knew that our 3rd baby was going to be our last and I had been sort of mourning ending this stage in my life (growing and nurturing a teeny tiny human). I had always wanted to get professional birth pictures done, and this was our last opportunity!
2. Did you ever feel awkward or uncomfortable having someone taking pictures of you during a very raw emotional and physical experience?
Not at all. I'm not a very shy person, but it is a very intimate time. I wouldn't let just anyone in my labor room or allow them to photograph my baby coming into the world. I hired a doula who is also a birth photographer so I knew that she knew what she was doing. It felt so natural for her to be there, and honestly, in the middle of everything, worrying about getting my picture taken or how I looked was the last thing on my mind! It's like a good wedding photographer, you don't even realize they are there, then you get the most amazing pictures that bring back everything from that moment.
3. How did your husband feel about having a photographer there?
He didn't have much say. He knew how important it was to me, so he was 100% supportive :)
4. Is there one particular photo that really tugs at your heart strings?
So so many of them, it's too hard to pick just one. There are a few that I love- the one where Steve and I are kissing because I had just gotten to the hospital and found out I was about 10 cm dilated (translation- almost done!). The one right when Charlie is being handed over to me right after delivery brings tears to my eyes every time. Or the picture of Steve and I walking down my stairs on our way to the hospital (turns out I was in transition, having contraction on top of contraction), he was such an amazing, supportive part of my labor. And of course, all those pictures of my brand new baby, all those first moments and tiny toes and amazingness. Writing this down is really making me want to have another baby.....
5. What would you say to a soon-to-be mom who is debating hiring a photographer for her labor and birth?
Do it. You won't regret it!
Tell me, would you/did you have a photographer in the room with you? I'd be interested to hear!
All photos are from Birth Blessings Photography