Should you hire someone to provide birth photography for you? Why not just hand the camera to your husband as you are pushing? Here is my “why”.
When I was sixteen I knew that I wanted a little girl. A pretty little ray of sunshine to dress in pink and place bows in her hair. She would be my best friend and we would tell each other secrets. I would name her Lindsey.
At twenty I had my first baby. During the sonogram, we found out that we were having a little boy! We decided to name him Joshua.
When I was pregnant with my second baby, we didn’t find out the gender. When this baby was born, I remember telling my husband “Check to see what she is.”
My midwife chuckled. “Yes, check and see…”
My husband took a look. This time, my sweet baby was a boy. Another boy. His name is Nicholas.
Annnd with baby number three we decided to have a sonogram. I wanted so much for this baby to be a girl. I prayed while the technician rubbed the goo on my belly and wiggled the wand on my abdomen. Then I cried when I found out it was another boy. His name is Caleb. Turns out, he’s actually kinda cute.
That was it. No more babies for me. I was going to be a boy mom.
Then God surprised me with baby #4.
Yes, I know what caused it. I stopped drinking water, but it didn’t help.
Anyhow… I was beyond thrilled to find out that the sweet little girl that I have prayed for since I was a little girl was finally going to be here!
The decorating began. I painted her room, added the prettiest tea party border, and decorated her dresser in flowers. The nursery was ready.
With my youngest son, I handed his older brother a disposable camera to snap a few pictures. Dad managed to snap a few, but most were from that odd little kid angle.
With this baby, I wanted to capture all of the beautiful moments that came. Professional birth photography was not a thing yet, but I loved being pregnant and loved the experience of bringing new life into the world. I asked dad to use the “good” camera and take some pictures.
The images below are what he took. These are all of the birth photography images that I have to remember this day by.
Sure, you can hand the camera to dad, or to your nurse to capture a few moments. With the new phone cameras that they have now you might even get some good shots, but why take the chance on a memory that is so important?
Imagine this… Your husband is by your side through every contraction, holding your hand, applying counterpressure to your back, whispering words of encouragement- “You can do this, baby.”
Your doula is focused solely on supporting you. She reminds you to change positions, brings you water, holds a cold rag on your face.
The nurse in charge can take care of you and your baby, and you? All you have to focus on is your birth.
This time, you hired a photographer who knows all the right angles, important moments, and lighting tricks to show off your beautiful birthing self. You don’t have to worry about the birth photography yourself. Now you can focus on bringing your beautiful baby into the world, and have gorgeous images to bring you right back to this important day.
Crystal is a local birth and portrait photographer currently residing in the Savannah, Georgia area. She loves Jesus, coffee, and her family- usually in that order. She has seven children ages 15-24 and has loved (almost) every moment of being a mom.
If you need her, she is usually at the beach.
Her love for families includes educating and empowering mommas so that they know their choices and can help themselves to have better outcomes in labor and delivery, as well as post-partum- and watching their little ones grow from newborns to toddlers and all the way through school.
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Among all of the beautiful wonderful things that you were created to do, you were created to become a mother.
You were created to bring this little life into this crazy world and love him like no one else can.
I want you to look back at your birth story and see how strong, beautiful and courageous you are