I loved meeting this family at their farm house in Langley, BC. We decided to take some natural photos in and around their house, starting in this bright and airy nursery. Right as I was packing up to leave, I noticed the fog had rolled in outside, and couldn't resist taking a few more photos with the baby bundled up outside.
Witnessing this birth was another incredible event. This woman's birth was a beautiful testament on how to birth. She laboured in the shower, she laboured on the ball, she laboured on her knees, she laboured while standing, she laboured sitting, she laboured on her side, she laboured with good support. Her midwives let her move freely throughout the room while intermittently monitoring the baby (which is proven to be just as safe as continuos fetal monitoring.) After the baby was born it was put skin-to-skin and she cozied into her bed where she nursed the baby on her side. It was beautiful. Then big sister joined the birthday party and the room felt complete. This birth happened exactly as a birth should… She had good support, trusted her body, and had no complications. Enjoy these beautiful birth photos and slideshow!
This was an incredible birth to witness. This mama had some HARD labour. I joined her at her home and watched her journey from hard labour to harder labour as we all went to the hospital together. She was strong mentally and physically. With the help of her husband, doula and midwife, she joyfully welcomed her baby into this world naturally. Congratulations to this beautiful new family of 3.
Watch their full birth story here:
I finally get someone on board to the idea of birth photography and then I hear, "You charge what!?" So I thought I would take a quick minute to explain what birth photography is…
-It's the same talent and gear as a wedding photographer but worse lighting conditions and no set shooting date.
-It's being on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Christmas Day, birthdays, holidays.
-It's leaving at 3am and not knowing when you will return home.
-It's having an amazing support team and a babysitter on call.
-It's bringing home hospital viruses during cold/ flu season.
-It's spending hours processing and editing hundreds of photos to create a complete birth story.
So considering all those points, I would hope you understand why a professional birth photographer is a bargain for the price. I could make quadruple being a wedding photographer, but I choose to shoot births because I am passionate about them.
Being a birth photographer is an amazing profession with so many pro's and con's. I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I do. I want women to have amazing birth images to help them process their own birth experience and to share with their friends and family. Your photos will become family heirlooms.
Here is a quick comparison to show why a professional birth photographer is worth every penny:
So how much should a professional birth photographer cost? Well, they SHOULD cost a whole lot more than they do. Chances are you are getting a bargain for everything that goes into capturing and preserving a birth story.
Still debating hiring a professional birth photographer? I promise you will never regret it. Your partner doesn't have to fumble with the camera and can experience the birth of their child firsthand. You can remember the details that are otherwise blurry and forgotten. You can show your child their birth story instead of just telling them. They will have the amazing gift of seeing the excitement the first time you held them. They see the love felt between both parents after bringing a child into the world. They see how their life began. These are priceless moments that are worth every penny.
So the answer: A birth photographer is worth a whole lot more than you think!
Here's a few images to inspire you...
This was one of the first newborn sessions that took place in my new home studio. It's a cozy tiny space where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy a cup of coffee while we take a variety of family photos and newborn photos.
I had just shot this sweet babe's birth here a week earlier, so it was pretty special seeing her perfection 1 week from the womb.
When I heard from this second-time mom in the middle of the night, I crawled out of bed and told my husband that I would be back before he left for work, he mumbled "yeah right." But I had a feeling it was going to be quick... When I arrived at this cozy little house, all decorated for Christmas, I settled in on the couch and relaxed while mom laboured in and around her home. The atmosphere was calm. The lights were low, all was silent, and her support team excitedly exchanged smiles and winks when she wasn't looking. Then, things happened fast. All of a sudden she was 6cm, then all of a sudden she was pushing, then all of a sudden the baby was here. After the birth, mom relaxed into a comfy chair right by the Christmas tree to nurse her sweet babe for the first time. Everyone sat in the living room celebrating what they just witnessed. It was an incredibly beautiful experience… and I drove home at 7am, inspired to plan my next birth for December.