Hiring a Birth Photographer? Portland, Oregon Birth Photographer

It’s usually the last thing you think about until the baby has arrived. Than the overwhelming instinct to capture each and every moment takes over because you know in the back of your mind how quickly the little details will escape your memory.  Even the most diligent of mothers who recapture their birth stories  only days later will have trouble recalling exactly what happened.

Imagine that it’s been done for you. Imagine that the entire story is preserved for you and your little one while you sat in the moments of bliss with your new baby, meeting her for the first time. Not concerned about the details because you know they are being captured for you by a professional birth photographer.

A PROFESSIONAL birth photographer. One you have met with, and discussed your birth plan with. A photographer who understands your wants and respects what you don’t want.

It was only 6 years ago that I had my first baby…and when I think about the day I can remember fuzzy snippets from the dramatic car ride to talking with the doctor. I can remember vaguely holding him in my arms for the first time…but only vaguely. The handful of images I have are with my point and shoot film camera…and I only have ONE of me holding my baby, my first born. Yep, just one.

And every single time I come across that photo…I stop. I stop whatever it is I’m doing and I drink in the memories. It was the day that changed my life. Forever.

9 months ago I had my daughter, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have these images.

I cry every time I watch the slideshow. I can remember the anticipation I had before she arrived as I walk around the room moving labor along.  I see the emotion on my face as the doctors first lay her on my chest and I remember telling her how beautiful she is and that I knew, I just knew she was a girl. While I focus on nursing her, looking at those tiny finger nails and listening to her heart soaring squeaks I know, that unlike my first born, all the moments are quietly being recorded from the other side of the room by my amazing birth photographer.

You see…birth photography captures an event in your life that is so rich with emotion that you should be present in the moments 100%.  It isn’t about how people look…or getting that perfect light. It is ONLY about preserving one of the most amazing events in your life. The images that come from a birth will be the most treasured thing you own…because it will capture the day you met these beautiful little loves. Who changed your life.

….Forever.

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4 Responses to Hiring a Birth Photographer? Portland, Oregon Birth Photographer

  1. Liz says:

    Beautiful. I agree 100% and I am so very glad I had you there when Fred was born. I’m still sad I only have a few pictures of Ben and me when he was born. It’s only been 4 years, but like you said, you remember less and less each time you reminisce.

  2. Marcela says:

    Beautifully written and so very true! I wish I had known about birth photography with Jackson. But, so glad that Katherine’s birth was captured and documented so beautifully.

    🙂 M

  3. dieta says:

    The article featured two other incredibly talented birth photographers – Jessica of Jessica Strom Photography and Rachael of Rachael May Photography . The article was written because birth photography has been gaining popularity as of late. It’s an introduction to birth photography for others that may be interested in offering this service to their repertoire of family photography. As a photographer, I get a lot of shock from people when I tell them I photograph childbirth. It’s the most wildly intimate day of your life and some couldn’t imagine sharing that moment with anyone other than their partner. But, most, (if not all) of my clients don’t remember those tiny details – those connections in the string of events that tell the entire story of love, and the union of meeting your child for the first time. In the interview, Stephanie Boozer asked me why I started birth photography. When I started I wasn’t a mother yet, but I thought the day you meet your child must be the most profound moment of your life. And, it turns out, it is indeed.

  4. gold account says:

    The concept of birth photography is rather “new”, it’s gaining popularity as women are realizing how private and tastefully it is done, as well as, and I must add this, how EMPOWERING it is to have the birth of your child documented forever in a way that not only shows the entrance of this little being in the world, but also shows how incredibly moving an experience it is for a woman to go outside of herself to bring life into the world. To be able to hold a photograph in your hands of an experience that without that little big reminder can and often does become incredibly hazy over time. As a photographer I love being able to give the images to parents that makes them weak in the knees over how stunningly beautiful their child’s entrance into the world really and absolutely was. It’s indescribable.

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