Updated: Mar 7, 2020
"I want a birth photographer, but I'm not too sure about it... I mean... who wants photos of that... and do I want a stranger in the room?"
Birth photography is gaining popularity, but the truth is, very few people actually hire a professional birth photographer to document their baby's birth story. Many families I talk to are amazed by birth photography, but unsure if it's for them. Many people as "Why would you hire a birth photographer?" Well the answer is simple... to remember the day your child was born. But the decision to actually hire a birth photographer is not always as black and white as the beautiful photographs... Here is a list of the top 5 concerns new moms have about hiring a birth photographer, and how we can overcome these together!
1. It's expensive.
I mean come on. You're preparing for a BABY. Of course you're thinking about money. And birth photography isn't "cheap". It's true. However, most birth photographers are happy to work out a payment plan schedule with you and if you start looking for your photographer early, you have a whole 9 months to budget and save... Check out my post on why birth photography is so expensive to learn more about your investment.... But for the cliff notes version... birth photography is an investment. You're securing a month of on call time, professional skill, professional equipment, and an undetermined amount of hours in labor documented photographically... More than that, you're freezing the biggest moments of the most important day of your life... There is no do-over. There is no reshoot. It's here and now and you'll forget so much of it before you blink... Birth story documentary is preservation of memories for your child's entire life... and the photos can be enjoyed by future generations of your family too. How is that not worth the investment?
2. I don't want a stranger in the room... Birth is intimate. I will feel vulnerable. Having a stranger in the room is not comforting to me. I hate to break it to you, but if you're planning a hospital birth... your birth photographer will probably be the one person in the room besides your partner that you know the best... you will have so many strangers coming and going. Your birth photographer is not just a random passerby at the zoo stopping to see what in the National Geographic is happening over there... she is a professional birth worker with her own job just like everyone else in the room. Now... maybe you're planning a more intimate birth in a birthing center or home birth. I get it. The less people the better. Speaking for myself, though... when I'm you're birth photographer, I make it my goal to get to know you well enough that I am not just a stranger hanging around, but a trusted member of your team. I don't know too many birth photographers who don't make this a priority.