Recently I was asked if I do birth photography. Honestly I have only photographed one birth session and it was a planned c-section. It was a wonderful experience with a beautiful family who I love. I enjoyed every moment and every detail of that morning. The doctors and nurses were also so wonderful at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. I felt at ease and very relaxed and not nervous at all.
With that said...
I don’t photograph them. Not that I won’t ever again, but it will probably be for a dear friend or family member. If my own kids ever give me grandchildren, I would definitely love to photograph that birth session, if my daughter in love’s will agree to it.
One big reason for not photographing a birth session is that, if it isn’t scheduled, it means it could happen at any time. I would have to stay on alert at all times of the day...and night. I could get a call at 1 in the morning and have to rush to the hospital. Usually that is not too big of a deal if you live in a big enough town or city that has a hospital. I live in a small mountain town with a clinic. When our pregnant moms go into labor they have to drive an hour and a half to Jackson Hole, Wyoming or to Rock Springs, Wyoming. I don’t have an issue getting up, but I am not very inclined to drive. I don’t feel I could give my clients the wonderful experience they desire and so deserve. This is something so meaningful and I want them to have a meaningful experience.
Some Tips for Your Birth Session
If you are in a rural area and have to drive a bit to get to the nearest hospital, I suggest using a photographer in that city you have to drive to. If you have your baby in the middle of the night, it will be a bit easier for that photographer to get up and meet you there. They will be able to capture every detail from the moment you arrive. Of course, you can choose any photographer willing to travel. This is just a personal opinion.
Concentrate on you and giving birth. Let the professional photographer do their thing. They will take care of moments and you just get to be you. Photographers don’t shoot every second and like to give you some peace and quiet at times.
Be sure to check with your doctor and the hospital to see if they will allow a photographer to photograph the birth. Most hospitals will allow it, but some doctors won’t allow it.
Newborn Sessions in Pinedale, Wyoming
One of my personal favorite sessions are newborn sessions!
I love to capture the moments when the baby and new family come home.
I want to capture details of your home at that point in time. So you can reflect when you brought your sweet blessing home. I like to photograph the nursery and all the details in it. We don’t always keep these things. It is nice to remember how we decorated it and took time to make such a special place for the baby to sleep and grow into. I love to look back at photos and reminisce about our first home, second home, third home...or however many times you moved.
Anytime is the best time to photograph a newborn!
I schedule all newborn sessions between five and ten days after birth. Although I will schedule newborns at any age, I strongly encourage parents to schedule sessions when babies are at least under two weeks of age.At this age, they are more likely to curl up in “womb-like” poses, stay asleep longer, don’t mind being unclothed, and usually have their feeding schedules set to at least every two hours.
I want to capture the details at home. Your first family photos together.
Contact me for information or to schedule an at home session.