Birth Photography // An intro

jess kettle

Hiring a photographer to be present at the birth of your baby may seem a rather odd concept for anyone who hasn’t heard of birth photography but in reality, this growing trend is the most perfect way to capture one of the best days of your life.

I adore birth photography and I’m so glad that more and more people are embracing it so they can relive this monumental and magical experience. Let’s face it, who remembers all the details of their childbirth? I certainly don’t, having spent half of it writhing around in pain and the other half high on various legal substances and its one of my biggest regrets not hiring a photographer. That’s why I want to feature lots of birth stories on Hello Baby so you can make an informed decision about getting your birth photographed after seeing that these photos are truly beautiful and emotive.

A lot of couples worry that birth photography is too intrusive and the photographer will get a lot more than they bargained for, but believe me your photographer will be more concerned about what is going on in the room around you rather than what is happening ‘down there’. They will be capturing the excitement, the happiness, the tears of joy, the pride, the intensity and the deep love in that room. They’ll also be there to capture the little details such as the hospital tag that’s impossibly big on your newborn’s ankle. So don’t worry that your hair may be a mess, you may make too much noise or you won’t have any make up on, this is a birth after all and once those contractions kick in it’ll be the least of your worries!

I’ll leave you with the wise words of fabulous US photographer Erika Ray who was talking on her blog about a mummy in labour “She won’t be vulnerable.  I know she’ll be the most beautiful and strongest creature on earth.  I know that it really isn’t the baby that needs to be celebrated that day.  It’s her.  It’s her triumph over pain.  It’s how her partner helped her during the labor.  It’s their connection.  But it’s her perseverance, strength, and beauty through it all that needs to be photographed.  She needs to witness it forever.  And I love that I’m able to give her that reminder. I hope that when they look at their birth photos they see the same thing I saw that morning.”

I’ll be doing a few Q and A sessions with some very talented birth photographers over the coming months to give you more of an insight into how it all works and keep your eyes peeled as I will be blogging the GORGEOUS birth photos of Baby Hudson over the next few days to show you just how beautiful birth photography is.

Image credit: Jessica Kettle

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