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Birth Photography

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Last week, a pregnant friend told me she was thinking about hiring a photographer to take pictures in the delivery room. It was the first time I’d ever heard about birth photography, and her explanation for why she’d want to do it made lots of sense. A lot of the times, the responsibility to take pictures can fall on your partner, but wouldn’t it be better if your partner could focus solely on you and the experience instead? A professional photographer could capture all the parts of the birth you might otherwise miss. Like the moment the doctor places the baby on you or the look on your partner’s face when he first sees the baby. Of course, on the flip side, there are some moments I’m not sure I’d want to have documented and having a stranger in the room might feel a little strange.

What do you think? Have you heard about birth photography? Would you, or have you, done it?

p.s. a gallery of birth photography if you’re curious. I looked through the entire thing with a dropped jaw!

(top image by Calla Evans, bottom photo by Megan Crown)

Last modified: January 10, 2019