I think that when most people think of birth photography they primarily imagine hippies, water births and downstairses. Nothing against hippies or water births or downstairses, of course, but I’d like to assert that even us “regular people” can benefit from birth photography too!
But what about everyone seeing your downstairs, you ask? Your photographer doesn’t need to see anything that you don’t want him/her to photograph! It can be done in a way that captures all of the emotion of the experience, without any distractions.
Being present for the moment a human being is born is such a momentous occasion and seeing the images after the fact will instantly bring you right back to those intense emotions. I think that’s what makes birth photography different from any other type of photo shoot. There are very few occasions in life when we have our pictures taken at a moment of intense emotion. Birth experiences are amazing to photograph because of that. By the time the baby is born, most people in the room have become completely natural in front of the camera, so its easy to capture their true reactions.
I’ve shot two births in the past few months and I’d like to share some of my favorite photos from those. A photo is worth a thousand words, right? So I don’t know what I’m doing all of this blabbing for!
For each of my clients, I like to do a video with their images set to music. These capture the emotion of the whole experience so well, (and make everyone cry!). They’re also a great way to share the experience of your baby’s birth with friends and relatives, without actually having them in the room.
Baby B Video: (Dad helps deliver the baby!) https://www.facebook.com/chrissysloatphotography/videos/vb.857158834337654/857163361003868/?type=3&theater
Baby K Video: (Big Sis is SO sweet!) https://www.facebook.com/chrissysloatphotography/videos/vb.857158834337654/907540842632786/?type=3&theater
Here are some of my favorites from both of these shoots:
(all images property of Chrissy Sloat Photography)