Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Birth Photographer

Author: Jennifer Hamilton | | Categories: Baby Photos , Birth Photographer , Maternity Photographer , Maternity Photography , Newborn Photography , Professional Photographer , Studio Photographer

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Women often describe giving birth as one of the most incredible moments of their lives, having felt both womanly and empowered to be creating life. However, as miraculous as it is, in-between all the excitement and the urgency of the moment, it is possible that you might not remember every detail. To avoid missing those precious details, you should consider hiring a professional to capture those intimate moments.

Whether it be your baby’s first cry, the awe on your partner’s face, the tears of joy, or the first time you hold your baby and kiss him or her, if you want each and every detail captured, a birth photographer is the ideal way to preserve these aspects and much more.

However, to ensure that you hire someone who captures the sweat on your forehead along with the awe in your eyes, it’s essential to work with a thorough professional. To help you narrow down your options and select the best professional for you, here’s a list of the top five things to look for when hiring a birth photographer.

1. Experience.
The ability to anticipate a moment is what separates an experienced professional from an amateur.  An experienced professional will not forget to capture all the moments that truly matter to you.  Whether that is the baby slipping out of your body and into your waiting arms, the cutting of the umbilical cord, or siblings meeting for the first time.

Feel free to ask the professional you are considering the following questions: Have you photographed a birth before? Do you have experience in the OR, at the hospital, birth centers, at home births? How many childbirths have you captured so far?

2. Portfolio.
You should carefully look over the birth photographer’s portfolio before you hire them. This will help you ascertain whether you like their style of work or not. It will also give you a better idea of the quality of their work, the angles they use, and how efficient and professional they are.

3. Investment.
Everyone has a budget, but the truth is your ideal birth photographer may charge more than what you had anticipated paying. Because of the nature of being on call, there is a limit to the number of births we can take on each month, which means we have to charge enough to account for that along with the charges for our experience and services. Almost every birth photographer offers payment plans. The birth of your baby is a once in a lifetime deal, and while you might end up investing more than you had originally planned, having the right person there for you makes all the difference.

4. Personality.
In the middle of labor is not a great time to realize someone on your birth team rubs you the wrong way, which is why, once you have determined that you like their style, it’s time to get face-to-face! Birth is an intimate and vulnerable time, and it’s best to meet in person before the big day.

5. Knowledge and understanding of birth.
This is something that goes hand in hand with experience as a photographer in general. A good birth photographer understands the birth process and has witnessed it before. They aren’t squeamish at the sight of blood or other bodily fluids.  

Many photographers have lots of experience in family, lifestyle, and newborn baby shoots, but have never witnessed a birth. Birth is unpredictable, the delivery of even healthy pregnant women can sometimes involve complications. It can be really fast, or it can take days. Your photographer should understand that and plan accordingly.

This means they should also have a backup photographer in the event that they fall ill or are already at another birth when you call.

If you’re looking for a birth photographer in San Antonio, TX, reach out to Mamarazzi Photography. We offer premier birth, maternity, and newborn photography as well as videography services to clients across San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Spring Branch, Blanco, Johnson City, Fredericksburg, Castroville, Hondo, Buda, and Seguin, Texas and Surrounding areas, all of the USA and world-wide. We are a team of husband and wife with four fantastic kids of our own, so we understand the impact that childbirth has on people. We believe that every story we tell is unique and beautiful and we try our best to reflect the beauty in our work. 

Side note: Bryan doesn't attend births, that's all Jenn!