Birth photos are so much more than quick before and after snapshots of a pregnant mom and then, later on, the mom holding a newborn baby. Birth is a huge milestone for women, and it should celebrated with photos. A million memorable moments happen in between”I’m still pregnant but maybe in labor” and “Baby is here!”, and birth photographers can help you capture them all.
For two of my three births, I had a birth photographer, Christine, document my children’s arrival. When I look at the hundreds of photos now, I can relive both the hard and amazing minutes that brought my baby into my arms. Christine’s work is a beautiful story. She not only invites you into the day my baby was born, she shows you what the weather was like and who attended my birth. You see the pain on my face and the elation as I push my baby into the world. You see my husband’s strength as he encourages me through contractions. And, you “meet” my midwife, the woman who blessed me in more ways than I can count throughout my prenatal care and birth experiences. It’s truly amazing what a skilled photographer can document with a camera.
Whether you hire the most popular photographer in your area or rally an amateur friend to photograph your birth, be sure to discuss with them prior to the big day what you’d like to see in your final photos. Are there specifics you definitely don’t want them to miss? Are there some moments (or body parts!) that are off limits? Or, do you want to leave it up to their discretion since the details of labor can’t really be planned?
Here are 25 photo ideas to jumpstart your conversation. Personally, I love that my photographer captured all the little things, close-up detailed photos of items and moments I may have forgotten, as well as the larger scope and unforgettable highlights of my birth day. Let these ideas, in no particular order, guide you as you envision your birth, and may your birth photos turn out better than you could have ever imagined!
-The room you labor in and (if it’s different) the one you deliver in
-Holding your partner’s hand, them rubbing your back or maybe even supporting your weight as you lean into them
-Your last pregnant belly photo–try to squeeze out a smile!
-Your favorite laboring position, even if it’s on the toilet. I promise, it’s nice to look back and recall the ease and comfort that specific positions brought to your birth experience
-The time your baby was born, perhaps a photo of a large clock or a snapshot out the window to represent the time of day
-The building where you gave birth. It’s awesome to have a photo of the hospital, birth center or your home from across the street so your child can someday see exactly where they were born
-You walking the hallway or you in the bath tub, capture the sequence of places you labored
-Your older children touching your belly, giving you a kiss, and of course, meeting their sibling for the first time
-Your doula’s hands on your back and your overall connection with her
-Your partner’s face during one of your contractions
-A candid shot of each person in your birth team
-A photo of your birth bag
-Your face concentrating during a contraction
-Your weary smile as you catch a break
-Your face as you push
-Your baby crowning. Yes, it’s graphic, but just because you allow a photo to be taken doesn’t mean you ever have to share it. It can be just for you to catch a glimpse of the “other end” and see the full scope of your baby’s birth.
-Your baby’s face as he or she is born
-You partner’s face as they see their baby for the first time
-You reaching for your little one
-Your baby’s face as they rest on your chest for the first time
-Your first breastfeeding photo
-A close up of the umbilical cord being cut
-Your placenta laid out flat–that thing is awesome and deserves recognition!
-Photos representing your newborn’s assessment: being weighed, measured and close ups of all their precious body parts
-Your complete family, both small and big: mom, partner, siblings, grandparents, extended family, etc.
Which moments do you think are absolutely essential for a birth photographer to capture?
Article By: What To Expect