Mari, with her ivory skin and dainty features reminds me of a porcelain doll. She is a strong little baby though – I noticed that from the moment her grandfather (the assisting OBG) helped her into this world and she so wholeheartedly told the everyone around her that she was there. This is her birth story. It’s real. It’s honest. It’s filled with love. And it’s beautiful.
Love Alda Digital Birth Story Frames have finally started to make their way into selected OBG’s rooms across the Western Cape. Now parents-to-be can enjoy videographic birth story productions by Love Alda with sound, whilst waiting for their next appointment. All stories included are shared with the parents’ permission and I think those parents for allowing me to share some of their joyous moments.
Also included are some interesting facts on birth photography in general. So be sure to let me know if you spot one of these and enjoy following it whilst waiting for your next appointment. I might just give you your own complimentary slide production when you do so upon booking your own birth package!
“When I booked you Alda, I knew I wanted birth photography, but now that you’ve captured these once in a life-time memories for us I’ve realised just how badly I wanted it!” I often get this from clients. That or “I never invested in professional birth photography with the birth of my first child and I’m heartbroken. Please will you capture the birth of my second child?” I can very much associated with this second group of people – it was only with the birth of my third child that I had a friend photographer capture the story (I wanted this with my second birth as well, but could not find a birth photographer at the time). I treasure those images more than words can explain and I still mourn the fact that I was not in a position to have this done with my first two children.
Unfortunately many first-time parents only realise the importance of birth photography after the fact – much like you only realise how amazing becoming a parent is when you hear that first gurgly cry – up until that point it’s all a bit surreal. But think about it – you hire a wedding photographer for your wedding day. Why on earth would you not want to capture this next amazing, life-changing occasion in your life? Birth photography is such a precious, everlasting gift – to yourself as the parents, but also to your baby one day when he or she is old enough to understand and treasure the story of their own birth.
Yes, there are huge medical and other expenses when you bring a child into this world (I know – I have three!) and birth photography seems (and is) a luxury. However when you put all medical, safety and necessary expenses aside it becomes a question of choices and what you value, as well as your personal priorities. How fancy should the crib be? Should I buy the latest and greatest pram? Perhaps you are in the fortunate position to afford all, but sometimes parents have to make choices and in my humble opinion the long-term value of some of these choices ails in comparison to being able to relive & share the beauty and love of the day your child’s life started.
So to all new parents-to-be out there – you can’t go wrong hiring a professional birth photographer for the birth of your child. And if you need further persuasion look at these 9 reasons to hire a birth photographer.
As a mother of three and one of Cape Town’s foremost birth photographers, my goal is to provide you with breathtaking maternal, birth & newborn imagery to kindle & share memories of a life-changing time that goes by too quickly.
I am the Co-Founder and Chair of the South African Birth Photographers Association, which means I specialise in on-call (24/7 day or night) birth photography & that I work towards the highest standards & level of integrity.
With a heart for the birth environment & a deep respect for the privacy of my clients, I capture those first precious moments before, during and after birth at home or at the hospital in a discreet & caring manner. I aim to tell the whole birth story and not just part of it – no matter how long it takes.