Birth is an event like no other that’s filled with love, strength, and perseverance for all those involved. The experience of birth is fast-moving and, as mamas, we want to soak in every glorious moment. Having a birth photographer present at your birth allows the entire birth team to be fully present while ensuring your birth process is fully documented.
I gathered up my top 5 reasons to hire a birth photographer to share with you. Whether you’re considering birth photography or the fresh 48, these reasons will help you decide what might work best for you.
My Top 5 Reasons to Consider Birth Photography
These are the top 5 reasons from my experience why you should consider a birth photographer for your upcoming birth. Whether you’re having a hospital birth, home birth, or giving birth at a birth center, these reasons apply to all!
Allows Your Birth Partner to Be Fully Present
Birth is such an incredible experience for you and your partner. As a birth photographer, I’ve been lucky to witness the incredible love and energy in the room during a birth. There’s nothing quite like seeing a mother and her partner work together to bring new life into this world. I’m so grateful that the birth partner doesn’t have to worry about taking any photos and can be fully present throughout the entire birth because I am with the couple.
You and Your Birth Partner are Photographed
Both of you being fully present at the birth leads me to the next reason why it’s important to have a professional birth photographer with you, and that is so you and your partner are in the photos! If your partner is the one taking photos, then is he not in them! Your partner will be able to snap a few photos in between surges, but during each contraction, you’ll want your partner by your side and not taking photos!
Capture the Precious Moments Around the Birth
This reason holds especially true for a home birth! A birth photographer will capture those precious moments around the birth that mom and her partner may not see. Moments like older siblings peaking through the door or helping to bring mom tea. There are such wonderful moments to capture throughout the birth process.
Professional Photos to Treasure
Instead of your birth photos hanging out on someone’s iPhone, this ensures the photos of your birth story are professionally done and ready to be turned into memories. From creating a birth story book or album to printing those first moments with your new baby, you want those photos to be professional quality. This leads perfectly into my final reason!
Preserving Memories of Your Birth
The story of your birth is preserved forever with a professional birth photographer. Memories may fade, but photos last. Those small, meaningful moments will be captured in photos for you to look back on for the years to come. Every year you celebrate your child’s birthday, you can look back on the birth photos and remember that incredible day.
I would love to be your birth photographer and preserve the precious memories of your child’s birth. Send me a note to schedule your free consultation.
Birth is such a beautiful and moving experience… it’s also very unpredictable! Add that to this wild season of 2020, and having a backup birth photographer is a must. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become even more important with the “possible” exposures leading to a necessary quarantine. The thought of missing your birth, or other major events, makes me so sad, but the good news is that all is well with a trusty backup photographer.
If you’re looking for a birth photographer, make sure you choose one with a trusted backup. You might be thinking, “What!? Why would I need to think about a backup when you’re the photographer I want!?”
Don’t worry, my friend. In the event the backup photographer photographs your birth, you’re still MY client, and you’ll receive photos in the style you LOVE.
Let me explain how this works, and just one of many stories of why a backup birth photographer is so important.
“I DO” Love My Backup Birth Photographer
Please meet Tara from Tara Photography. We are delighted to be each other’s backup photographer and have been for over a year. This partnership allows us to serve more clients on the Seacoast of New Hampshire while knowing we can trust each other to care of the other’s clients. Together, we photograph clients from Exeter, NH, to Newburyport, MA, and all the way to York, ME!
Last fall, Tara was “scheduled” (quotes because a due date is so unpredictable) to photograph the home birth of beautiful Whitaker. She had one, small, tiny conflict around the same time as his due date – officiating a wedding! Tara hoped the two events wouldn’t collide, but to be safe, she reached out for me to be on deck and made sure the birth mom knew it was a possibility.
On that beautiful fall day, I received the call that I needed to photograph the birth, and I hustled my butt over to the home birth! You might think that walking into a birth without knowing the mom would be awkward, but it wasn’t at all! We didn’t skip a beat, and I was able to get to know this incredible mama in between surges
This being her third birth, things progressed quickly, and Whitaker came fast and quick on a beautiful fall day. He was in a hurry to join his older siblings, who came running over to see him come into this world. They also had a lot of fun exploring the placenta with Midwife Morgan from Flourish Midwifery from Wells, Maine. After that incredible experience, I handed the raw files over to Tara, who edited them to her style and delivered them to Whitaker’s family.
How a Backup Birth Photographer Works
Does it seem a little odd that I’m so passionate about educating you on the importance of a birth photographer? It’s because I am! Working with a backup photographer is an essential part of running a thriving birth photography business.
Having a backup in place shows my clients that I understand how important their baby’s birth is and provides my clients with peace of mind knowing their special day will be photographed.
In the event of, let’s say, a COVID-19 exposure, the health and safety of your family is my ultimate priority, and I would call on my backup to photograph your birth. You are always my client and all communication goes through me before and after! If Tara is the one who photographs your birth, she simply takes the photographs and hands over the raw images to me for editing and prepping.
Some of my mamas have asked to meet my backup, and that is totally fine! Since this is a very personal event, I would expect you to feel comfortable with the person photographing your birth. Even a quick Zoom with Tara in the months leading up to the birth can add even more peace of mind.
In an effort to keep all my clients safe, if there’s ever a hint of a COVID-19 exposure, I have used Tara to back me up for other sessions such as maternity, newborn, and family sessions. I’ve shared some of these photos on my own social media, and I bet you couldn’t tell the difference! 😉 If you would like to learn more about Birth Photography, please contact me today to set up a free consultation.
Meet Joanna from Lighthouse Advisory LLC! She is AMAZING and completely saved my business when COVID-19 hit this spring. Lighthouse Advisory helps small businesses achieve their full potential through smart financial planning, process improvements and management efficiencies. Yeah – what the heck does that mean…well I will tell you. She is basically a CFO for your small business. We work together to set goals, review metrics, keep and adjust my budget and WHEN A PANDEMIC HITS…she helped me tweak it all and PIVOT. Now, going into Q4 (still in a pandemic), I am having THE best business years ever (thank you WWP clients). Joanna has kept the wheels moving and talked me off the ledge more times than I can count and we celebrate wins TOGETHER. As a solopreneur it has been REALLY great to have someone to bounce ideas off of and help me with the financial side of my business.
Ok…a little back story…I met Joanna a few years ago when she was newly pregnant and she hired me to be her Newborn Photographer. Fast forward and we have become really good friends AND I was so happy for her when she launchedLighthouse Advisory LLC last year. I love seeing more and more women entrepreneurs and therefore I jumped on board to help her in anyway that we could. In January, Joanna set up time with me to do some Personal Brand Photography and we laughed and had a blast doing it. Dubbed “the new handshake,” professional headshots and personal branding photos are the first introduction to you, your business and your personal brand – shouldn’t that intro be the best it can be?
As a professional photographer here in NH, I offer my business clients a full service experience – just ask Joanna (I even climbed into her closet to pick out clothes).
Each session includes the following:
Each branding session starts with an IN-PERSON PLANNING SESSION where we discuss your business, the needs you have for the photos and we plan wardrobe. I will recommend for you to bring along your “tools of the trade”, a couple personal items, 3-5 different outfits and some of your favorite books.
THE SESSION – our session may last from 2 hours to all day depending on the needs of your business.
Finally, my favorite part – THE REVEAL – we will sit down to view your images together and make your selections.
Small businesses took a hit this year but with the guidance of businesses like Lighthouse Advisory LLC and a great headshot we can finish 2020 strong. Contact White Wave Photography today to learn about our Personal Branding Packages and check outLighthouse Advisory LLC too – tell Joanna that Jennie sent you:).
While the world had stopped due to COVID-19 back in April of 2020, here in Newfields, NH we put on one heck of a parade for a special little 4 year old who had just beat cancer!!!! Jack’s mom Rebecca had posted in the local community page asking for a special favor from her “tiny town” and boy did the town STEP UP!
“We would love to give him a parade to celebrate this milestone,” she wrote. “He doesn’t quite understand what this means, but our family would appreciate marking the day with something that makes him happy.”
The response from the community was overwhelming.
A parade of more than 100 cars drove by the Winter family home on Exeter Road Tuesday, honking, holding out balloons and signs like “Jack you Rock” and “You did it.”
As a family photographer in Newfields, NH, these types of events touch me to my soul and after meeting Jack and his family back when he was first diagnosed, I knew that I had to be there to capture this amazing event. There was not a dry eye in the whole town. The Newfields Fire & Police Departments did an amazing job helping to coordinate this “super hero” parade and people as far as Massachusetts drove to be a part of it!
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and once again this year White Wave Photography will be donating 10% of ALL SESSION FEES AND SALES booked in the month of September to childhood cancer research! Today, we will be sending a check for $833 to theJimmy Find Clinic and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in honor of Jack Jack and fellow Newfields Cancer Warrior Super Joe.
Thank you to all of the amazing WWP Clients who have made this donation possible!
To learn more about White Wave Photography or get information about booking a family session please contact Jennie today. I would LOVE to chat!