Labor and Birth Photography

3/18/2014


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!

Thank you so much for sharing such an intimate and special day with us Kat!

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

14 comments:

Erin said...

This is still a far-away topic for me, as I'm still tackling wedding planning at the moment, but I'd honestly never even considered birth photography as an option! I didn't know you could. The photos really are beautiful though, but I think I'm just a little more private than this would allow for. xo

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Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

i had lots of photos taken during my births but nothing professional (or graphic). the first time i wanted to get video of it and at the moment i freaked out and changed my mind. i really regretted that later. so when i had my twins i again wanted to get video of it and i made my best friend promise to do it no matter what. but i freaked out again and it didn't get it recorded. i regret it again. but while it's all a blur, the part you remember are so vivid. pictures really are enough for me, though of course i wish i had more. i think the doula/photographer combo is fantastic!

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Albertina M. Cisneros said...

yikes!! These photos are beautiful but I would never chose to have a photographer there that day! Such an interesting concept that its a growing trend.

Jillian Manesh said...

this is so interesting! I am not sure if I would want a professional photographer in the room during delivery...but maybe right afterwards?! it would be nice to really capture the moment (and miracle!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Stephanie said...

As a photographer, I'm fascinated by birth photography and would LOVE to photograph it for someone else. As a woman, I don't know if I'd ever want to have a photographer in there with me though!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Wow!! This is so special and all of the photos are absolutely beautiful! Makes me have major baby fever. Thank you for sharing

Laura {happily ever} Parker said...

I love seeing other people's birth photos. In reality the one photo I would want most is of my husband seeing our little girl for the first time. Just imagining it makes me want to tear up! However I feel that this is a memory I will just hold in my mind, not every memory needs to be photographed and that makes them all the more sweet.

Chelsie Moss said...

these are gorgeous! thanks for sharing!

Emily Smith said...

I think these are so beautiful! Birth is such an intimate thing and if you know or can find someone that fits that, then by all means. I don't think I could just google search a photographer though...hehehe. Our assistant nurses took some really beautiful pictures of my husband and I moments after the birth of our 2nd. Really special time to capture.

Kat said...

These pictures still make me get all teary eyed. Maybe I'm insane, maybe it's just pms (or both) but yeah- really makes me want another little one! So glad I did it, and glad you were able to spread the word on how awesome birth photography can be :)

Lauren said...

I'm so glad I finally get a chance to read this post! I was a birth doula a loooooooong time ago ;) and I still occasionally come out of retirement for friends who are having babies. I always have my camera with me, and I'm a photographer now. I've never married the two (there's a reason I don't do event photography!), but I say a resounding YES to this plan! You'll never have to look at them if they make you uncomfortable, but to not have them? Priceless.

Laura Short-Birth Photographer in Baltimore, Md said...

I love birth photography! I'm a birth photographer in Baltimore, Maryland and I am on call as of yesterday for a birth. There is so much excitement behind it all and so much emotion. I always feel very honored when a family asks me to photograph their birth.