When I talk to a mama-to-be who is interested in birth photography, there is a phrase I hear over and over again...
Now I just have to convince my husband.
Sorry fellas, but I'm throwing you under the bus a little bit here. Dads are often the hang up when it comes to birth photography.
I get it though.
Maybe you just don't like having your picture taken.
Maybe you're a little nervous about this whole impending birth thing.
Maybe you're not sure how you feel about the idea of another person (especially one with a camera) being in the room.
Maybe you just don't understand why she wants photos of that or why a few iPhone shots aren't enough.
Can I tell you something?
It's OKAY. My husband actually feels the exact same way.
Yep. You read that right... The man who is married to a birth photographer doesn't really get it, but when it came to hiring a photographer for our last baby's birth, he realized that it was really important and special to ME.
And I'm special to him, so he came around.
I asked one of my past birth client dads if I could talk to him a little bit about his experience hiring me to photograph the birth of his first baby girl. I hope his perspective might help you keep an open mind when your wife tells you she's interested in hiring a photographer.
1. What was your first reaction to hearing about birth photography?
I thought it was a great idea. This way we could treasure those memories.
2. Did you have any hesitations about hiring a birth photographer?
I did not have any hesitations - as long as my wife was comfortable with it. That's all that mattered to me in that decision.
3. What ultimately convinced you to hire a photographer?
I wanted to have a professional take the pictures of such a special moment in our lives instead of asking an inexperienced family member to take pictures.
4. What was the experience like having a photographer present at the birth?
Having a photographer at the birth was a great experience! With everything going on during labor and with the right photographer, you'll forget that a photographer was even there with you.
5. What photos were your favorite from the birth?
My favorites were of my wife with our newborn, my wife while progressing through labor, and the ones of my wife and I.
6. Would you recommend birth photography to another family considering it?
I would absolutely recommend it to any couples that cherish memories. It's such an amazing thing to be able to look back at those photos and remember all of those emotions and what a happy moment it was.
7. What advice do you have for someone about to be a dad for the first time?
Everything will be fine and take it one step at a time. Having a baby join the family can be stressful when you start to worry about everything that can happen, but I recommend to stay thinking positive all the time and things will work out fine.