Why Would Anyone Want a Photographer at their Birth?
Birth photography is quite the trend these days. I dare say that it’s even become trendy.
The clasped hands of a couple as they bring their baby into the world. The faces of all the support and love in the room. A mother’s triumphant face as she pulls her baby into her arms for the first time. That intimate moment when a woman in the operating room touches noses with her newborn baby, perhaps even crying as her baby’s head rests on her bare shoulder or breast. The looks of relief and ecstasy and uncertainty and big, goofy joy as parents greet the new life in the room.
It’s quite something.
I didn’t hire a photographer for my first two births, but I was lucky. Tim was able to take pictures of Miles’s cesarean section in the operating room, and my mom documented hundreds of images of Alec’s birth.
But with Eric’s birth, I wanted a photographer. Partly because this was my last birth, and partly because while I was pregnant I attended a birth where the family had hired a photographer and oh my lord the images were gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.
And so a friend came to take pictures. My very talented sister brought her camera. And though another photographer couldn’t make it to the birth (I know, I was really maxing out on photographers!), she was able to take some extraordinary images of our family just a few days after Eric was born.
In any case, Erika Ray (the person who took the aforementioned extraordinary images) makes a very compelling case as to why you–yes, YOU–should consider hiring a photographer for your birth.
The following photographs–taken by my sister Kellie and my friend Ali–should do enough to explain why I am grateful that I had photographers at Eric’s birth.
FYI: A little birdie has told me that Erika Ray is currently available to photograph births in the Columbus, Ohio region for the next few months. Contact her. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.