Well, this comparison may just answer that popular question.
The image on the left is me and our daughter Millie straight after she was born. My husband, in his panic to get the perfect image that I had barked at him to take, grabbed his iPhone and took this photo. As much as I love it because it’s the first image of our daughter I secretly loathe it because of several reasons. Millie is barely in the image, you can’t see her face, he’s got the phone right in my face, the lighting is shocking, and I look terrible but most importantly, it’s not in focus.
The image on the right is from a home birth a professional birth photographer took, me.
Both images are raw and un-posed, caught in the throws of the ‘we did it moment’.
This intimate moment is captured from the other side of the room! The sun was just rising and there were no lights or lamps on in the room. The only light was from a window behind me. However, you can still clearly see every emotion and feature, even the time of birth on the clock, placed strategically by me, is frozen in time.
All these things come together in the images I captured because I’m trained, experienced, have the right equipment, but importantly, I’m a mum who understands how intimate a time this is. Building a relationship of trust and respect with the health professionals and not getting in their space is another important key to everyone feeling comfortable, relaxed and secure. My couples place their trust in me to get the best images I can whilst still respecting their privacy as they bring their child into the world.
As with their births, the parents are in control. I only capture images that my clients want me to capture.
With my experience I can make sure my images are as discreet as I am when taking them. I know how to frame a shot without having it posed, but most importantly I take images that protect intimate angles, if this is what has been requested.
This, as well as other details, are discussed at length in a consultation before the 38th week. We need to know our expectations and outcomes are the same.
So, why would you want a birth photographer? Well, just like your wedding day the birth of your child is a one off, never to be captured again moment in your life. The images I provide can be treasured and reminisced over time and time again. They are physical memories of that time capturing the true emotion of your child entering the world and taking their first breath, something many parents don’t remember or aren’t aware of in the actual moments of labor and birth