Capturing the labor and delivery (birth) is a constant adventure and I love it! This year has been great (for me) as I gain experience taking photographs at childbirths in New Jersey. I've learned Birth Photography is unique and is such an adventure in so many ways.
Here are 3 reasons:
- Focus! The homebirth setting, or hospital labor and delivery room setting, are often dark, so a flash and/or a wide lens is often needed. Also, everyone is constantly moving! The labor and delivery nurses, the doctor or midwife, the doula, the laboring mother, the partner and/or father, and anyone else in the room - everyone is always moving, so it makes it a challenge to focus on your subject in a dark space. I've gotten better over time so this has been rewarding.
- Birth space is a highly charged and sensitive environment. Depending on how one's birth is moving along and where one is giving birth, the environment can really vary. In my current work as a Birth Photographer, I am sooooo grateful to my DONA Birth Doula training and background to be able to understand what is happening in the room and to be able to play a role in protecting the birthing space for the family.
- Careful not to set-off mom's catecholamines and cortisol fight-or-flight hormones. Childbirth is a time mom needs to burrow into her shell so she feels safe and protected, so all her good birthing hormones will be released. When in my role as photographer, I work to be gentle and not probing with my photography, so as not set off a flight-or-fight response in mom and risk reversing or halting any progress she has made. I enjoy the challenge of capturing a moment while trying to be very quiet, gentle, and unobtrusive.
I truly love the work and adventure. I look forward to working with clients and families this fall and winter. I am currently booking birth photography clients who reside in eastern Pennsylvania (Lehigh Valley), in northern New Jersey, and in New York State (Rockland & Westchester counties), so please get in touch to set-up a free meet-n-greet.
Happy Birth Wishes!