“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.