Should You Hire a Birth Photographer?

As you await your estimated due date, you may have spent time gazing at birth photos online. The beautiful photographs usually depict an emotional moment, and the very beginning of a new family’s life. That moment when you hold your baby for the first time can feel almost like an out of body experience, and a photograph can be a wonderful way to remind you of how you felt gazing into your newborn’s eyes for the first time.

The decision to hire a birth photographer is a personal one, and one that you must make as a couple. While some women may love the idea of freezing that moment for all eternity, others will hate the idea of their exhausted state being captured on film. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to hire a birth photographer:

1. Too many cooks – a birth photographer will be another person in the room. Delivery rooms can soon feel overcrowded, and you may find yourself wishing things were a little less chaotic on the day. If it’s just going to be you and your birth partner, however, you may feel a little extra company would be welcomed.

2. A natural in front of the camera – do you love having your photograph taken, or hide awkwardly at the back of family photos? If you’re self conscious and hate having your photograph taken, birth photography might leave you feeling nervous on the day. You’ll have enough to focus on during labour without also worrying about which bits of your body are going to end up photographed.

3. A picture is worth a thousand words – you will never forget the moment you meet your baby for the first time, but a photograph will help you to relive it. It is one of the most overwhelming moments of your life, and a photograph will capture the emotions behind that first cuddle, and help remind you of what an amazing thing you did.

4. Hospital policy – if you’re giving birth in a hospital, you might need to check whether they have policies in place. Some may limit the number of people allowed in the delivery room, meaning your birth photographer is pushed out at the vital moment. Most hospitals will allow birth photographers in, but it’s worth checking in advance so you don’t end up disappointed.

5. The finances – birth photographers aren’t cheap. Your photographer will be on call for weeks, waiting to receive the call that they are needed at the hospital, and will expect to be compensated for this commitment. Birth photography can be expensive, so you’ll need to budget for this in advance.

6. You’ll still have your birth partner – if you don’t have a professional on hand, you’ll be relying on your birth partner to take the photograph. Not only does this mean he’ll be out of action as your birth partner, but he may feel he missed that vital moment of the birth because he was distracted by the camera. Your first cuddle with your newborn, is also your partner’s first time to see his new family.

7. You’ll end up with better photos – unless your partner is a professional photographer himself, you will get better photos from a professional. A professional photographer will have more of an idea about lighting, angles and editing, so you are likely to end up with better photographs.

Are you hiring a birth photographer to capture your birth?

Written by Fiona, proud owner of a toddler, @fiona_peacock

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