What birth photography is/can be
- photographing the family members and birth team as they prepare for the arrival of a new member
- capturing the emotions in the room of not just the mom, but anyone who is there to support her
- being witness to new life entering the world
- preserving the memory of it all, since most people will say a lot of it was a blur and wish they could recall this or that
- documenting a once-in-a-lifetime (literally) experience
What birth photography is not/should not be
- invasive photographing
- being a disruption/distraction to the birthing mom or anyone in the room
- photographing the baby crowning (unless by request)
I do hope this helps clear things up. Most often when I tell people I'm interested in shooting births, they have a very strange look on their face that only goes away when I explain that I am not, in fact, photographing the vagina directly, unless asked to. It is, in fact, a very intimate relationship that the photographer and birth client have. They must be a certain level of trust, a definite understanding of expectations and limitations, and above all, everyone's best interest at heart.
It is my sincere wish to photograph births and families throughout my life. I honestly feel that this is what will make me happiest in the world. Have you ever not experienced something, but know immediately and positively that this is for you? Well that's how I feel about birth photography. So here's my offer: you let me photograph the birth of your baby ENTIRELY for free. There are absolutely no hidden fees of any kind. The only thing you'll have to sign is a model release. You will also receive a CD with the best images from the birth, from which you can choose to purchase prints (they will be copyrighted and have my logo on them). That's it! I do hope that with this better insight into the field, YOU will be ready to take a leap and be rewarded with priceless images to look back on and share with your baby when she/he is old enough to appreciate them.