People actually want a BIRTH photographer???

I have not been current on my blog, so I've decided to try to get this thing rolling! I'm excited about what I am going to be sharing with you guys right here... The photos represented are from the Atkins Birth. This couple KNEW they wanted a photographer for their new addition the moment they found out they were pregnant! If I remember correctly they contacted me in the first trimester and had only learned about the pregnancy a short time before. They wanted to be surprised along with their son when they exclaimed that he had a new "baby brother or sister".

 

Birth Photography isn't for everyone, I understand. Some people who desire to have a birth photographer want these photos for their own personal use and may not share with anyone. Some people are just so in love with the birth process that they want to share with the world! You could be in either category or not one at all. Miranda is definitely a mom who loves every part of pregnancy, birth, being a mom and wanted to share with the world her love!

When people ask me what my favorite thing to photograph is, it isn't hard to tell them... Birth Photography has become what I love to do the most! So many times people wonder *why* I would love to do *such a thing*.  Sometimes they even question aloud, "people actually want that???". Maybe you have even had the same question.  

I know the reasons behind the desire to have these moments captured. I tear up every birth and have the opportunity to be reminded of my own births. I secretly have crazy thoughts about how I could have another baby too (not happening any time soon) and experience it again, and then quickly remind myself of how awesome it is that I get to experience birth often without actually having to do it myself!  I have birthed 3 children... it wasn't until the birth of my youngest that I even thought about someone being there to document it for me. I *WISH* that I knew people even specialized in this area and had hired someone to be there for all of my births. Here are a few reasons why a person would want to have a photographer there to document a birth.

"I loved this one. I remember walking the halls and with each contraction I would lean on Brian while my doula would do hip squeezes." - Miranda Atkins

"I loved this one. I remember walking the halls and with each contraction I would lean on Brian while my doula would do hip squeezes." - Miranda Atkins

1. ***The moments leading up to meeting your new baby face to face, and the people who supported you through it.*** I honestly can't remember what my nurses even looked like for my first two children. I can't remember the ways or even if they actually encouraged me in the process. I don't remember what my husband was wearing... or what he was doing while we waited patiently to have that baby in our arms. I have to look back at the very few photos I have from those days...  Miranda has the opportunity to look back at myriad of photos and see with clarity the AMAZING support system she had. She knows her husband was WITH her every step of the way, focussed on her entirely, not having to worry about snapping photos himself. She remembers her doula and midwives encouragement and how they empowered her to listen to and trust her body.... to birth this child she had been carrying for so long. 

2.***Overtime you may not remember the emotions you felt*** It's easy to forget feelings, especially during a time full of so many different ones, things change so quickly. Every birth is so different. Things don't always go as planned. Sometimes it seems like it's taking eternity. Sometimes it goes by so quickly, you don't even have a chance to catch your breath. Looking back at photos of such an intimate time like this can help you relive those memories that are clouded by so many other things as life goes on. I can't tell you how many times I have tried to go back in the memories of my mind and just can't quite remember what it was like.

"This one was a definite favorite. You can see many emotions in this picture of Brian. Nervous, anxious, and excited just to name a few. Brian was watching so intently. I know he was ready to meet his son/daughter!" - Miranda Atkins

"This one was a definite favorite. You can see many emotions in this picture of Brian. Nervous, anxious, and excited just to name a few. Brian was watching so intently. I know he was ready to meet his son/daughter!" - Miranda Atkins

"And of course, my all time favorite picture ever. The moment we finally found out his gender after 9 long months of anticipation. Announcing "it's a boy"... When I think of my birth, I think of this picture" - Miranda Atkins

"And of course, my all time favorite picture ever. The moment we finally found out his gender after 9 long months of anticipation. Announcing "it's a boy"... When I think of my birth, I think of this picture" - Miranda Atkins

 

3.***You might forget I'm even there*** Which is okay, because it's not about me. I am there for you. Remember, I have been in labor before too... I know that it can get messy. I don't care. When I meet you to talk about your birth I will tell you to please not worry about me... if I am there 10+ hours, don't apologize to me. I know what I'm signing up for, you never know how long a labor will be. If you go into labor at 2am... call me unapologetically. I try to stay as quiet as possible and be as un-intrusive as possible. People have actually said to me, "I almost thought you were not even in the room".  I won't change your lighting conditions unless you ask me to or we had previously discussed it (and even then you can change your mind and not hurt my feelings), I know how to make the most of any lighting situation. (Which often times during a birth isn't the best and phones just can't quite do it every time). I discuss your birth plan with you just like your doula/midwife/doctor would. I learn what your hopes are for the day, especially in regards to the photos you hope I capture. When it's go time, I am prepared to be your second set of eyes, storing your memories for you... the little details. 

"This one has to be my second favorite picture ever. This was during transition labor. The toughest part. This moment was like an out of body experience for me. I felt like I was sitting right there beside my support system and watching myself give birth. Such a weird feeling! I look back at this picture and am amazed and honored to have felt so much love and support during that time." - Miranda Atkins

"This one has to be my second favorite picture ever. This was during transition labor. The toughest part. This moment was like an out of body experience for me. I felt like I was sitting right there beside my support system and watching myself give birth. Such a weird feeling! I look back at this picture and am amazed and honored to have felt so much love and support during that time." - Miranda Atkins

"Finally, this one! One of our first pictures as a family of 4. You can see how interested big brother was in the arrival of his little brother! He was such a gentle spirit and so calm." - Miranda Atkins

"Finally, this one! One of our first pictures as a family of 4. You can see how interested big brother was in the arrival of his little brother! He was such a gentle spirit and so calm." - Miranda Atkins

 

Miranda was so kind to leave this review for us... "Rachel did our maternity pictures, birth photography, and newborn pictures. I was absolutely speechless every time I saw what she sent me. Everything turned out so beautifully; exactly the way I pictured it in my head. She's so wonderful to work with. Very calm and very professional. We opted to wait to find out the gender of our baby at birth and if she wasn't there to capture every moment of it, I would have never gotten to see everyone's reaction when I said "It's a boy". As long as Rachel continues to do photography, she will always be the one I call on to do any type of photos for us. She's very flexible and worked with us (including my energetic toddler�). She also has a quick turnaround time for getting your pictures back to you. Overall I had an amazing experience with all 3 sessions and would definitely recommend her to any friends, family, or strangers who need pictures done! 5 stars!"