Why Hire a Birth Photographer?

Four mothers give their own reasons why they are thankful they had their birth stories documented.

Becoming a mother (no matter how many times you’ve done it) is so life altering that you want to capture every. single. moment of it. And you want your partner and other family members focused on your needs and the needs of the new baby, and not fumbling with a camera just to get mediocre, at best, photos. I cherish every photo that was taken during my births. It shows you another side of yourself. Shows you how strong you were during those never ending contractions, how nurturing your partner is, and that beautiful moment when you bring life into the world.
— Katherine
I didn’t get to savor any moments... In fact, the pain was so intense, continual contractions with no room to breathe... It’s really amazing how your mind takes you to a different dimension when you’re feeling immense pain and agony. I have no real recollection of even giving birth. Kayla was there snapping away and I’m so grateful she was, because looking at these birth photos, I can see that my husband was really there, involved, and solidifies the fact that this man is the one that I love more than life. He was my rock that day. I will cherish these pictures forever as they mean so much to me for so many different reasons. They say a picture speaks a thousand words... These pictures speak so much more than that.
— Cara
For me it was really about being able to both remember the events of the day itself (because everything is such a blur right after, and then you have a new little being to take care of, you don’t really get to think back on the events of the birth and are more focused on breastfeeding and changing diapers and bonding all that jazz) and to also have a “fly on the wall” perspective of the day. Seeing the events unfold from a third-party’s perspective, and getting to see small details that may have been missed. I wanted to match my own memories of the birth, to the actual moments, and have the gaps filled in with photos. Because there are always a lot of gaps!! Birth is both a quick and a long process, and I wanted to remember all of it.
— Samantha
After my first son was born, we came home from the hospital with a few terrible quality pictures of him & I and absolutely nothing of my husband. We just experienced one of the greatest days of our lives and no images to remember it by.

We photograph weddings, birthday parties - why not BIRTH days? Capturing the beautiful and sacred moments of birth with my subsequent children are some of my most treasured possessions. I believe my children will also cherish the first moments of their life and the love between mother, father and child. Most women fear that having a birth photographer will be intrusive in the birth room, which is absolutely not true! Birth photographers by trade are beyond respectful of your personal space and are there to observe and capture tender moments. The financial sacrifice that comes with hiring a talented birth photographer is absolutely worth the investment.
— Erinn

Would you have the birth of your child photographed? Why or why not? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!