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What’s it like to have a birth photographer?

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What is it like to have a birth photographer?  You may have some questions about the whole process.  Is it weird since you hardly know the person?  What if you’re not sure about having another person in the room?  I know women have a lot of concerns when hiring a birth photographer, and I want to address some of those in this article.


First of all, it’s a good idea to chat with your birth photographer leading up to your birth to get to know them a little bit.  About half of my clients choose to meet in person ahead of time.  That’s great for me, because I like to get to know you a little, but I also don’t mind meeting you in person for the first time while you’re in labor, if that’s what works out the best.


What’s it like to have a birth photographer?  Well, I can only speak for myself, but I like to communicate a lot!  Sometimes I feel like I might be driving the mom crazy, but I like to know what’s going on because I would hate to miss your birth.   I like to text back and forth for a couple weeks leading up to your birth.  It’s good for me to know about your doctor’s appointments and it’s also good to get to know you a little better.


When the big day comes I will be ready to head out to the hospital (or other location) at a moment’s notice.  I like to arrive when you are around 6-7 cm, but I leave it up to you to make the call.  I’d hate to miss it, so I do tend to error on the side of caution.  Once you tell me you’re ready, I’ll head to the hospital.


Then, it’s kind of up to you.  Usually during labor, I just hang out with you!  I love to capture the little details before the real action gets going. Your partner holding your hand, details of the room, the heart monitor or other hospital devices, your doula helping you through contractions, and anyone else that’s there – like Grandma.  It’s all about telling your story!  Some couples prefer that I hang out in the waiting room until the delivery is closer.  I’m fine with that too.  I just want to help make your special day perfect!


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If things aren’t progressing too fast, after a little while, I’ll probably go get some food, or take a walk around the hospital. If it seems like it might be a long time I might take a nap or even go home for a bit.  If they need to do any procedures like an epidural, I’ll head out in the hall for a bit.  You don’t need to be worried about me, just focus on yourself and your baby.


We’ll chat in advance about what kind of photos you want.  Everyone has a different level of comfort.  I’m happy to stand wherever you want me to during the delivery.  Generally there isn’t a lot of space since there will be a nurse or two, the doctor, your partner, plus any other support people you have.  I bring a stool with me so I can get high enough to see the action – even if I can’t be right by you.


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Once the baby is earth side, you can just enjoy your baby, and you probably won’t even notice me since there will be a lot of people coming in and out of the room.  Then, I’ll hang out for a bit and get some additional photos.  I’ll give you some time to spend as a new family.  A lot of moms like to do skin to skin for an hour or so, and then I’ll get the first family photo, and a few more pics of baby while they do the weighing and measuring.


Once everything calms down, I’ll head out!  I’m usually tired at the end of a birth (not as tired as you of course) especially if it was in the middle of the night (which so many are), so sometimes I just go home and sleep. But I try to always send you a couple photos ASAP so you can share with family and friends.  I will never share without your permission.  I’ll send the photos to you first, so you can ok them.  I’m pretty conservative with what I share on my blog and social media, but I have a form for you to fill out and you can decide if you’re ok with me sharing the photos or not.


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Sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?  You can just enjoy your baby – with confidence that their birthday is being documented.  Your husband can just hold your hand, and actually be in the photos instead of being the one behind the camera.  Capturing dad’s reaction to seeing and holding the baby for the first time are usually some of my favorite photos!


If you’d like more info, or have any questions, please contact me!  I’d love to chat with you!


Tina Chandler Photography is a birth, fresh 48, and newborn photographer in Utah.  Contact me for more information about scheduling a session or scheduling a free consult for birth photography.  I’d love to capture those precious memories for you to look back on for years to come!

flowerAUTHOR: tinachandler     CATEGORIES: Birth Photography, Blog

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