Having a photographer present for your baby’s birth will provide you with mementos to treasure. Here, Jo Hegerty helps you decide if it’s an experience right for you.
Not content with grainy photos from a point-and-shoot camera or smartphone, some parents are inviting professional photographers into the birth suite to capture their child’s journey into the world. Birth photography is fast becoming big business in the US and UK, and is increasing in popularity here in Australia. But could you handle having a stranger in the room? And what exactly will she be doing?
Lyndsay Stradtner, founder of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, puts it beautifully when she sums up birth photographers as storytellers who describe the journey of a birth day. “There’s so much more to birth photography than the actual moment of birth,” she explains. “It’s the birth environment, the light in the room, mum holding onto dad, the midwife making suggestions. It’s the baby placed on her mum’s chest, the cutting of the cord, the baby’s toes and fingers.” And it’s worth noting that an experienced birth photographer will hardly be noticed by you. She’ll be busy quietly and discreetly taking candid, tasteful photos – so at no point will you be expected to say “cheese” during a contraction!
Photo by Jessica Chia | Essence Images Jul 26, 2013