Why Birth Photography?

It’s no secret that I am passionate about birth photography.  Let me tell you my story, dig into my photo vault (yes these are locked away) and show you why.

I was a younger mother, hated being pregnant, and was scared of the actual birth coming up.  I didn’t have pregnant friends to talk to and I read horror stories when researching that made me not even want to think about what was going to happen to my body.   I had no birth plan, had the baby at the hospital because that’s what you did unless you were some hippie (I said I was young and naive right?) and told my husband to get some pics.

*One of my biggest regrets in life – all 3 times*

Of course I was a bit more educated the 2nd and 3rd time around but how could I trust my husband with photos after not learning my lesson the first time (and 2nd)!  What photos I have, and there aren’t many, are terrible.  He was too distracted with his children being born 😉 .  Of course I still love them, but they are awful.  I actually have none of the 3rd baby during labor or birth because of how crazy things went!  Here’s a couple to compare.

My son’s birth vs a birth I recently shot.

birth photography water birth vs hospital birth#2

birth photographers why they are important#3 -The best for last 😉

birth photography and why you should hire a birth photographerMy husband’s cute…but me?!

Why do I regret it so much?

I have taken pictures of everything my whole life.  Why not during birth?  I have more photos of bringing my dogs home than I do of my kids being born!

I also remember very little of my first being born.  I was supposed to be induced at 7 am.  They called me that evening and said to come in.  I had gotten no sleep the night before.  I basically remember that night and the call, getting checked in, waiting, and then everybody in the room to hold my daughter.  I can recall some details, but only because of my husband.  I was a zombie.

I’m passionate because birth photography tells a story that you might not remember or would otherwise go unnoticed!

birth and that new baby smellI would love to capture your little one’s birth story!

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  • MonetLove this! And it’s so so true! Birth photography is such an amazing gift. ReplyCancel

  • Jessica ThomasI was a young naive mother the first time around as well with taking pictures. I also have been someone who ALWAYS takes pictures. It kills me that I have very few, and not that great of photos of my first born. Birth photography is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your personal photos.ReplyCancel

  • Amber DeCiccoWow thanks for sharing. I will definitely be hiring a birth photographer for my first (and every baby thereafter)!ReplyCancel

  • LindsayI loved your comparison of your birth photos and ones professionally taken! I wish I would have have a photographer at my son’s birth. Next one! ReplyCancel

  • RebekahOh yes.  This.  100%  If you are reading this and still indecisive about hiring a birth photographer–DO IT.  You can’t go back.  You can’t do it over.  The day will be done and you will want those pictures.  They will be some of your most prized possessions.  ReplyCancel

  • JulieBirth is definitely a momentous occasion. Thanks for sharing your story and the very compelling photo comparisons!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah COh my goodness, what an incredible comparison! I didn’t have a professional photographer at any of my 3 births either and it is one of my biggest regrets… so we are having a 4th and my birth photographer was the first to know about our pregnancy 😉 ReplyCancel

  • Candice MacDonnellMelissa, your birth stories are so similar to mine! Especially my first, I had ZERO interest in anything happening and simply wanted the baby out. I really do regret not taking the time to be educated, and make my own decisions, and enjoy the birth process. If we ever have a third I”ll definitely have a photographer!ReplyCancel

  • CatherineSo very true! One of the most important days of a family’s life deserves to be documented and cherished forever. ReplyCancel

Hi I'm Melissa!

I'm an introverted, T-shirt wearing, animal loving, nature admiring, lucky wife, mother of 3, photography and birth obsessed lady.