As a mother of three, I only wish I knew what it meant to have your birth photographed. Honestly, alot of moms first thoughts are " Gross, why would anyone want to do that?" or "I don't know if I'd feel comfortable with someone I hardly know in the room in such a stressful time". I'm here to tell you that birth photography isn't taking photos, in your face with a camera type of session. I like to call them birth stories because I take a journalistic approach to capturing the day your life will change forever.
I can remember the trip to the hospital, a little bit of what I was feeling during my contractions and when I went home with each of my three children. You know what I don't remember? What I went through in labor, what my husband was doing at the time in the room, the first time my baby saw the world for the first time, my expression the first time I saw them, my husband cutting the umbilical cord, their first bath, first skin to skin. Birth for mothers is a complete whirlwind of emotions, physical feelings and just plain exhaustion. You miss so much that you never even have a chance to remember, let alone even see. That is what a birth story captures, it gives you the ability to remember the things you never had the chance to see. I also shoot at the mother perspective during birth so that you are not exposed during birth at anytime unless it is requested by the mother to be.
When booking these session we will take a time to chat on the phone or go have a cup of coffee somewhere to discuss the vision that I have and to get a better understanding of what's most important to you. Because we never know when your little one will arrive I plan to be on call 2 weeks before your due date and 2 weeks after. I will act as I fly on the wall during your birth to capture the story of when your little one has his/her birthday. Due to being on call for this type of session I only schedule 4 births a year. If doing a birth story is something you are interested in I always suggest booking asap. This way you are on the schedule or can find another birth photographer if I'm not available. These are always an honor to do for a mom and I take it very seriously to make sure I'm capturing the feelings, expressions and details of your birth. I hope I have given you a better idea of what a birth story is and how precious these moments will be. Here are a few highlights from births I have done to help you envision what a birth story really is.