6 Reasons to Hire a Birth Photographer

WHY HIRE A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER?

We’ve all heard many reasons about why you should hire a birth photographer; memories fade, dads should be in the picture too, hiring a professional ensures high quality images, poor lighting conditions that a professional knows how to handle, birth photographers know and understand birth, etc, etc.   These are absolutely true – but I want to dig a little deeper into why these moments are more pivotal than you might think on the surface.   I want to talk about what these moments mean, at least to me, and why documenting them might be more important than you originally thought.

6.  What if you had a snapshot of the moment you met your partner and the love of your life?  I remember the instant I met my husband and my heart took a picture.  What if that moment was caught on camera?  I’d treasure it forever!  With a birth photographer, you have the opportunity to capture that moment with your own children, the other loves of your life.  You will always be able to show your child “THE moment” that you met them, and when you instantly fell in love with them.  That is one big reason why you should hire a birth photographer.

5.  I’ve never loved my husband more than when he supported me through two long labors for our children.  When I think back to the births of my children, more than anything, I think of the emotional connection my husband and I have, and how birth magnified that.  He never left my side, and our doula had to make him take a break for dinner when I was in labor with our first daughter.  The connection was palpable and he couldn’t stop smiling at me; the 3 images I have from that day are my most cherished, even though they are terrible quality.

4.  “I wish I had done that!”  Every-single-time that I tell someone what I do, I hear, “Oh, I wish I had birth photos when my kids were born!”  You don’t get these moments back.  Period.  I’m constantly being told that moms regret the decision to not book a photographer.   For whatever reason; they felt it was a private affair, they didn’t think they looked pretty enough for photos, it just wasn’t an option at the time, or it was too expensive, they decide to forgo images and then regret it later.

3.  You hire a wedding photographer to capture moment’s you don’t want to forget.  Why wouldn’t you hire a birth photographer for those same pivotal life moments?  My husband will flat out say that the birth of his daughters, by far exceeds our wedding day in terms of emotion, love and excitement.  I wholeheartedly agree.  In our society we don’t hesitate to spend thousands on a wedding, flowers, cake, and a food, etc., but these are just things, and they go away when the wedding is over.  The flowers wilt, the cake gets eaten, and the dancing stops, but the photos you take on that day live on forever.  Birth is just as important.  You’ve planned and prepped for 10 long months while carrying this baby in your body.  Sometimes it takes months or even years prior to that, trying to get pregnant.  Then there is so much anticipation about this tiny human growing inside of you; who are they going to look like, what are they going to be like?  And when that huge and amazing moment comes, you want more than just your iphone photos of it!

2.   The price of beauty.  This kind of goes along with #3.  Just as we spend a lot of money on weddings and we also spend on family photos. We pick out new outfits, get our hair done, sometimes makeup, and then we pick epic locations and try to get our kiddos to smile as we pose for photos.  We do this because we aren’t afraid to spend money when we think that being beautiful is involved. Now, there is nothing wrong with creating those moments, but what about a beautiful moment that unfolds naturally?  That is what birth is all about, truly beautiful moments created out of emotion.  How do you put a price on a moment you can never recreate?  Isn’t the birth of your child worth capturing?  I think so.

1. Women look beautiful when they birth.  This might be slightly contradictory to #2, but it’s true.  There is a quality that comes over a woman as they are in labor and giving birth.

Hybrid Shooter - Film & Digital

Finding your style is one of the biggest journeys that a photographer embarks on. In my head I had an idea of what I wanted but making it become reality was the hard part. I knew what I wanted but didn't quite know how to get there. Then I began to discover the work of film photographers. And something in me sparked! This was it! And since then I have been on this journey of learning how to shoot film! 

A lot of times I let my clients know that I shoot both digital and film and I realized that they didn't quite know what that meant or how it affects my process. Or honestly they just wanted to know what that big old ancient looking thing I was lugging around was. So I wanted to share some of the ins of being a hybrid shooter!

HYBRID SHOOTER

So I am what is called a hybrid shooter. I shoot both film and digital. Normally during a wedding you’ll see me with a double strap on; one side being a digital camera and the other being a film camera. It's the best way for me to use both simultaneously.

WHY I SHOOT BOTH

Both formats are great, which is why I choose to shoot with both. I love the dreamy look of film and I love the dynamic range and quickness of digital. I am in the journey of merging the two together as seamlessly as possible.

THE PROCESS

How will this effect your images and workflow? Well in reality you will receive your images In the same amount of time. Shooting film does not slow down my workflow process and you will receive your images the same way as digital(Through your online gallery). I personally edit the digital images and I send out the film to a professional lab. The lab then sends them to me in a digital format. Which I then combine with the digitals!

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any questions!

Glow In The Park | Elings Park Santa Barbara

I have always been intrigued by hot air balloons - the colors and themes each balloon has and the science of floating people in the air. I attended Glow In The Park, a local fundraiser for Doctors Without Walls and had so much fun photographing the event. These images are a mix of both digital and film shot on Kodak Portra 400. I think my fascination for hot air balloons has grown and can't wait to go up in one, one day.


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