Three Things to Look for in a Birth Photographer
Booking a birth photographer can be exciting and scary at the same time – this person is going to be present during one of the most intimate moments of your entire life! What will the photographer be like? Will he or she be overly friendly or uncomfortably offish? Will they know how to handle the birthing experience without getting in the way? There are so many questions you need answered. Here are three things to look for in a birth photographer to ensure a perfect match.
- The pre-booking meeting
Before feeling pressured into booking a specific birth photographer, be sure you have been offered the opportunity to meet with them. A birth photographer that doesn’t make the time to connect with you on a personal level may not prioritize you as a client, which doesn’t set the right tone.
These meetings are important because not only will you be able to ask all the logistical questions you have in mind, they will also award you the opportunity to gauge the birth photographer’s personality and professionalism. There may be nothing wrong with the package offered or the system that the birth photographer has in place, but it’s possible that you just don’t “gel” with the individual, which you wouldn’t necessarily be able to ascertain via email or telephone.
- Availability and transparency
Availability and transparency are two very important aspects to consider before booking your birth photographer. These two factors can only be correctly evaluated during and after the pre-booking meeting. Whilst meeting with your potential birth photographer, take note of how he or she answers questions, and whether information is shared freely and honestly. It’s the birth photographer’s job to walk you through the whole process including the packages on offer, what the packages entail, the price of each package, and the turn-around time for your images.
Pay special attention to the hours and general availability of the birth photographer. Will the photographer be on-call during the last few weeks of your pregnancy? What kind of system does the photographer have in place to ensure that he or she will be present when you go into labour. What happens in the event that you go into unexpected labour and the photographer can’t be there?
- Dual knowledge
It takes a special person to become a successful birth photographer. Not only must the photographer be talented in an artistic and photographic manner, but he or she must also have knowledge about the birthing experience. A talented photographer doesn’t automatically make for a suitable birth photographer.
Before booking a birth photographer, enquire about the individual’s background and experience with birth photography. A past nurse or medical professional often makes for the best birth photographer, but if this is not the case, be sure that your potential birth photographer has a good amount of experience in shooting various births. Whether you’re opting for a natural birth, Caesarean, or water birth, enquire about your birth photographer’s experience with each and whether he or she is adaptable should the birthing plan have to change last minute.
Hiring a birth photographer is a highly individual experience. Once all the basics have been checked, it’s of most importance that you feel comfortable and secure with the person you consider giving the job. Look for that connection and then trust your gut…or bump.