Let's talk about birth photography- as this is what I would like to transition to doing more than part time.
Birth photography is it's own class, its own breed, its own photography. It is very similar to lifestyle, in the sense that you can't pose birth. You can't pretend birth, and you can't redo it.
I want you to think back to when you had a child (if you have had a child), think about that day. It was probably hazy, it was clear but hazy. You know what would help make the memory be clearer being able to watch a video, look at some pictures. I have 6 children, and I remember most of their birth, but I love looking back at those fresh pictures and seeing how little and amazing they were. I don't remember so clearly about how purple Brandon was, I do however remember his crazy entrance in the world. I remember how peaceful Emily's birth was but I wish there were more pictures of her Grandma's reaction to her birth and overall interaction. Point being was, even though there was a camera at all 6 of my children's birth, moments like these were not taken. You know why? Because their father was busy admiring his precious newborn, as was I. Grandma's were admiring their precious new grandchild, as would I.
You see- there are moments that a photographer can get you that you wouldn't think about until afterwards. And you know how grandma was admiring that precious new baby. I would capture that. Looking back, I wish I would hired a birth photographer to capture these moments.
And if dad was busy taking those pictures, who would be there to capture the pictures of him with admiring his new baby? When you hire a birth photographer, they come and they document it. In my case, I not only take pictures but I also record videos to create a birth video.
More importantly is the relationship we will build together. It is important to me that we meet before to start to get to know each other. I can offer more than just photography/videography at your birth.
I listen to your needs and your wants, and I go the extra mile. If you want peace and quiet, then that is what you will get. If you want someone to chat to, listen to, cry on their shoulders, I can be that person too. If you need someone to feed your child, while you are laboring hard, I will step up. If you need someone to tell you it will be okay, and you got this, you can count on me.
Hiring a birth photographer is an investment, a very very good one. You will only birth that child one time. You will only give birth so many times, maybe once or maybe six times. Or even possibly twenty times. Either way, it doesn't happen very often. It is the first time you get to meet your little human, your little baby. This is equivocal to getting married.
Now you might be wondering, how in the world can you afford to pay for it? There are different options here. My basic package is $1,000. This may seem expensive, but really it isn't. I could be there for 12 hours capturing videos and pictures. This is time I have to have a sitter watch my little ones. This is the time spending away from them. Afterwards, I spend hours culling and editing pictures and videos to give to you. It is WORTH IT!
I do take payment plans. Let me give you an example of sample payment plan.
If you book from the beginning at 8 weeks and pay $120 every month (8 times) with a final payment of $40 at 37 weeks, you have paid for a birth package! This is $120/month, $30/week. This is a dining meal cost, this is your junk food at the store, this is your morning Starbucks.
If that isn't an option, you can ask family members to gift you this instead of presents at your baby shower.
If you want it- get it! Let me help you! Let's get the pictures you deserve!
Next weeks blog: Frequently Asked Questions for Birth.