1. Memories fade. Especially when you consider all of the hormones, endorphins and sleep deprivation with a new mother’s experience in the hours and days after birth, so many of the details of your baby’s birth story will fade. By having professional photographs, you’ll be able to look back and remember with perfect clarity.
2. Quality is important. iPhone snaps are fantastic for a Facebook birth announcement, but if you want to guarantee you’ll have beautiful images from your middle-of-the-night, candle-lit-birth, you’ll need a professional. Birth photographers are experienced at shooting in very low light conditions without changing the lighting or using a flash.
3. Freeing up your birth team to help you birth. You birth team should be helping you… birth. Besides, they are part of your birth story and should be included in the images as well.
4. Documenting the timeline. This goes along with forgetting so many details of your child’s birth. Your birth photographer will chronologically document each detail of your birth, helping you to remember when and how things happened. This is also really helpful for when you sit down to write your birth story.
*Side note: I actually had to re-write my birth story completely after I got my birth photos because I remembered everything all out of order!
5. A major time saver. After you have your baby, the last thing you want to do is cull through images, edit, format, etc. Having a photographer means you don’t have to worry about a thing. Your photographer will have all of your images perfectly edited and (in my case) created into a family friendly slideshow shortly after you have your baby.
6. Capturing the things you miss. A birth photographer is able to document the whole story, including things that you may never see without the photos. Things like family waiting in the waiting room or a sibling trying to sneak a peek. Or better yet, the look on your face the moment you first lay eyes on your baby.
7. We understand birth. Birth photographers get birth. We have witnessed enough births to know the general flow that labor takes, we can prepare for certain photo opportunities that often arise, and we know how to maintain the mood and energy of the birth space.
8. It happens fast! One minute you’re going about your day and then bam, you’re holding your baby! Okay, well, maybe not that fast, but it sure feels like it when it’s over. Having photographs of your baby’s face right after birth, her floppy little ears, his little cone head, all those things that change so much just hours after delivery ensures that you will always be able to remember exactly how they looked the first time you met.
9. A fresh perspective. Laboring mothers are very inwardly focused. You have the most important and hardest job, delivering a baby. Having a photographer present allows you to see your birth from a completely different perspective, like a documentary of one of the biggest days of your life.
10. It’s about the emotion. A birth photographer’s main focus is the emotion surrounding birth. We want you to be able to look at your photos years from now and remember each emotion as if it were yesterday.
*Bonus* Sharing with your children. This was a big reason for me to have my children’s births photographed. My children (and most children I have met) love seeing images of themselves as babies. Having quality photographs of your baby’s birthday is special not only to you, but to your child as well. As your baby grows up, you will be able to share these images with them and they’ll be able to see the amazing bond and incredible amount of love you had for them from the moment you met.