The truth about birth photography is that it is beautiful and misunderstood. It is not gross, or yucky, or distasteful. Most of those who oppose birth photography have a misconception about what it really is. Most have never actually seen it, they just have an idea about what it is. I’ve found that people have to *see* it to really *get* it. It’s not about the crowning shot, which is such a common misconception. Sure, some parents request that particular photo and it can be done respectfully and with integrity. If that photograph is taken, it accounts for around 2% of the birth photography images presented to client. Most of the time parents choose to keep those images private, but the choice is theirs. There is much more to birth photography than the actual moment of birth. So much more. It’s the birth environment, the light in the room, the details, the comings and goings of those who are there. It’s mum holding on to dad in pain, the doula offering a supportive hand, the midwife making suggestions for pain relief and the OB preparing and helping mum push. It’s the baby placed on mums chest for the first time, the tears of joy, pure adrenaline, the cutting of the cord and babies little toes and fingers. It’s the first time a sibling meets a new baby brother or sister with a look of wonder and apprehension. It’s all of those things put together. It’s the journey of a birth day. It’s the making of a family. It’s special. And if a family chooses so, it deserves to be captured. Capturing births and watching woman become mothers ignites a fire in my soul. There is nothing more empowering then watching a mother give birth and create new life.
Having a newborn can be such a hazy time, you’re adjusting to this new role; not only as a mother but as the sole person who is responsible for this baby’s life. Adjusting to your new routine, lack of sleep and new found family can make time seem irrelevant. You are so invested and consumed in your new tiny little human that before you know it you blink and they’re a month old and double the size! Which is why I really value my newborn sessions. When your babies come into the world, they are so precious and so small; and they are only that little once. I think Newborn photos are so important and invaluable and when captured in the lifestyle format that I do, they are magical.