5 Reasons Dads Love Professional Birth Photography
Okay, so most dads are incredibly hesitant when confronted with the idea of hiring a professional birth photographer. Truth be told, it’s usually mom who initially expresses interest in birth photography. However, once the birth journey is complete, every dad realizes the value of a professional birth photographer and seldom regrets the decision to hire one. If you’re a dad feeling a little apprehensive about having a stranger photograph your baby’s birth, here’s why you’re going to love it.
- No x-rated imagery
Most dads don’t like the idea of anyone photographing their partner’s lady bits, never mind a complete stranger! However, birth photography is less about the biological process of birth and more about the emotion and story behind it. It’s therefore very rare that any “x-rated” images are taken at all. The point of birth photography is to capture the birth journey in such a way that both parents feel comfortable sharing it with friends, family, and even their children when they grow up.
- Ice-breaker consultations
Generally the day of your little one’s birth will never be the first time you meet your birth photographer. A couple of pre-birth consultations will help you feel comfortable with the professional that you hire. This will be your chance to allay your fears regarding what to expect, and voice your concerns about what can be photographed.
- Don’t miss a thing
The birthing process is a lot for a dad to take in! While mom is doing all the hard work, you’re senses will be going in every which direction. Try and take it all in and appreciate every moment for how beautiful it truly is. Having to stress about capturing a few photos yourself just isn’t worth it. And if you do land up missing something, you can bet your birth photographer will have it immortalised on camera for you to look back on later.
- Give mom all the support she needs
Hiring a birth photographer allows you to completely relax and offer your utmost support to your partner. She’s going to need it! Dads can feel a little helpless during labour, but being fully available for mom makes the experience a lot more manageable for her. So put your cellphone camera away and practise that lamaze class breathing!
- Say cheese!
As dad to the newly arrived bundle of joy, you’re a super important part of the birth story. Hiring a birth photographer means you get to be in the photos too! The first time you see and hold your baby are precious moments that you’ll want immortalised for eternity. Plus you’ll get your first family photo with mom and baby taken on the day.
A birth photographer is usually a great ally and support for dad too. Sometimes it’s just nice knowing that there’s someone else there witnessing the same thing you are! But if you do feel a little cringey about the whole thing, remember that the resultant birth story package makes it so worth it in the end.