Birth photography is very personal and the person you choose should be someone who is ready at the drop of a hat. Choosing the right birth photographer to be there to capture those moments that are personal to you is the hardest part. Once this is done the relationship you build lasts a lifetime. Many of my clients like to start this relationship with a maternity session with me. This way, the next time we meet, we will be more comfortable in each other’s presence.
Labor and delivery photography is unlike any other type of session you would have because it is built on trust and love. This is fairly a new trend (and a beautiful one at that), but just like a wedding, this is a moment parents are so thankful they have to look back on.
No, this is not all open leg shots; hospital photography is more about telling a story. It’s having someone there you trust to document this special day in your life to cherish forever.
Should You Hire A Portland Maine Birth Photographer?
It’s always a new experience for us all when I get to document new mothers because not every mother is the same; however, one thing they all have in common is the excitement and anticipation of meeting their new little bundle of joy. Now, this mother was not a first-time mom but it was her first time having a birth photographer, and that made for a new adventure for us both.
When you have finally decided you want birth delivery photos, you go through the process of making a list of the “Oh YES! I want those” to the “Oh, HELL No!” pictures.
Again, every mother is different and you have to decide what approach you want to take. Regardless of the approach you choose be it documentation of your significant other holding your hand, emotions on both your faces, monitors, nurses/midwives, or all of the above plus more detailed shots (placenta, baby coming out, etc.). Not one way is better than the other; it is more about what you are comfortable with and what you want to be included in your story. It can be as vague to as detailed as you want it to be.
5 Reasons Why You Need a Birth Photographer
- This is something you can have tailored to your comfort, birth photographers can get any shots you want to your comfort level.
- This can be anything from just documenting the hospital, room number, monitors, reactions of your spouse, and how you both are together such as hand-holding, etc.
- To all of the above including the actual delivery, placenta, etc. As stated above this is tailored to YOUR comfort level.
- These are moments you will never get back, and after seeing my included sample video you will realize how important this can be.
- These are moments you will have to cherish forever.
- These are moments you can choose to share with all your family who couldn’t make it.
- Having these moments to look back on while your little bundle is growing up will bring you back to the beautiful moment they arrived on this earth.
Birth Photography Tips
This momma went through the same process of booking a maternity session with me before deciding to have me in the delivery room. She looked through various pictures on Pinterest to see what fit her and what didn’t, and that helped her to realize she wanted to tell the story of baby Elliott but in a comfortable way she wouldn’t mind sharing with the world. It was an honor to help her decide how best to tell her story. We planned and laughed the whole way, and once we had a plan in place all that was left to do was wait till baby Elliott was ready to make his appearance.
I still recall the day I got the call she was in labor. I rushed to the hospital and immediately began photographing all the details; once this was done we all sat back and shared stories and waited for labor to progress. As time ticked by it was finally time to push and meet baby Elliott. This momma spent a long time pushing but Elliott was a stubborn little guy and wasn’t ready to come out on his own. So a C-section was in place.
Baby Elliot’s Childbirth Photography
I’d like you to welcome Baby Elliott, be sure to see his video at the bottom.
This session has been a long time coming. I had the privilege of documenting this momma’s labor and delivery, and it was the best experience EVER! If you are on the fence about hiring a birth photographer, continue reading as it will surely make you think otherwise.
As a mother that is going through natural childbirth, you have a plan. You spend months preparing for your baby and coming up with the best plan for their arrival, so when things begin to stray off the plan you naturally become nervous. This was such an emotional moment; this moment for both mother and father was filled with fear and excitement. There was that underlying question of what if something goes wrong.
Once she was wheeled into the operating room it was a waiting game. Then the moment finally came, that moment when the doctors showed baby Elliott to his mother and father everything was perfect! All the fear and anxiety of going through a C-Section for the first time was finally lifted and all was well with the world again.
Nothing is more precious than when two partners in life see their child for the very first time. As a newborn photographer, this is what I love to capture. This is a moment that takes your mind away from all the pain and suffering in the world, and you have this amazing new life to love and cherish. Is there anything better than that?
Owl My Love,