The second half of 2013 is much different from what I anticipated. I’ve stopped drinking sweet tea, skipped a few girls’ nights and cancelled a third mission trip to Haiti. I won’t complain because this time has been spent preparing for Kamden’s birth. There are lots of things that still need to be done (nursery setup, attend breastfeeding classes, pack a hospital bag, find a pediatrician, etc.), but one thing that’s been on my mind is birth photography.
Birth photography is not the same as maternity shots. Personally, I don’t care for belly shots and have no intention of photographing mine. I don’t think my pregnancy is cute and, even though my bump is becoming more visible, I’m simply not interested.
Before you jump to conclusions, I’ll explain what birth photography is NOT:
Photos of my nether-regions. That ain’t happening. EVER.
Photos of my doctor or medical staff near my nether-regions.
Photos of needles, forceps, and other tools.
Photos of blood and other bodily fluids.
Photos of my legs and feet in stirrups. Weird!
Photos that look staged or fake.
Even though I am quite afraid and nervous about the childbirth process, there are some specific details I want photographed. There are moments I want to remember vividly.
Birth photography is:
Husband holding my hand.
Husband’s facial expression at the first sight of Kamden.
My facial expression at the sight of Kamden.
Kamden being weighed.
Kamden’s hand and foot prints.
Dr. W holding Kamden.
Husband introducing Kamden to our family and friends in the waiting room.
Our first “family of 3” photo.
Intimate shots of me, Husband, and/or Kamden after labor.
Above all, it is natural, authentic, and professional looking.
Thanks to Pinterest and the Inter-web, I’ve been able to find birth photography examples that are amazing and very tasteful. I have no idea who these people are, but I think their photos are beautiful. If these images were mine, I’d cherish them forever.
While looking for a photographer to capture Kamden’s birth, I’m facing two challenges: availability and price. Expecting to deliver Kamden on or around December 22 wrecks not only our family’s holiday plans, but those of the photographer as well. Price is also a big consideration. Professional photography is not cheap, but I’m willing to make the investment to have these memories forever.
Would you or did you have a photographer in the labor/delivery room?