So, you've decided to hire a birth photographer! Congratulations! You will thank yourself for making this decision over and over and over - you get to re-live the moment that you meet your precious baby every time you gaze upon those images. But, how do you even start narrowing down your options? After all, this photographer is going to be present during one of the most intimate moments of your life! You want to feel confident in the photographer that you choose. Below, you will find 5 things to look for in a professional birth photographer.
1. Does the photographer offer a pre-booking consult?
I know that this might seem silly, but a birth photographer who is truly professional understands that you are making a very serious commitment with this decision! You need an opportunity to sit down with your potential photographer to discuss any questions that you might have and learn about her approach to birth photography. During this consult, you have the opportunity to see if this photographer carries herself in a professional manner, if you are comfortable working together, and if she can answer all of your questions well.
2. Does the photographer offer top quality work?
Have you taken time to browse through her galleries? Are you noticing whether her images are both emotionally and artistically stunning? You don't want to question whether the birth photographer that you hired can provide you with lovely images while you are focusing on breathing through each contraction in labor. Instead, you should have the utmost confidence that you birth photographer will capture jaw-dropping images for you.
3. Does the birth photographer have a working knowledge of labor and birth?
This one is VERY important. Your birth photographer absolutely must have a solid understanding of what happens while a woman is in labor and giving birth to her baby. All too often, photographers have missed highly important moments because they didn't know that these moments were coming. You want to hire a photographer who is well versed in birth. Does she network with local birth professionals? Does she have a variety of birthing situations in her portfolio? Can she chat with you through your birth preferences with ease? I am not saying that your birth photographer needs to have the knowledge of a certified nurse midwife. But, I am saying that she should understand the stages of labor, terminology, roles of your birth support staff, the needs of a laboring woman, etc. I can't stress this enough: a professional will ease your mind with her knowledge!
4. Do you enjoy spending time with this photographer?
I know, I know. This point seems unnecessary. However, I think that this aspect of choosing a photographer is often overlooked and under-valued. Because of the intimate nature of birth, the people that you invite into your birth space should bring up feelings of comfort and trust! The last thing that you need to be worrying about is whether it is feasable for you to just relax and enjoy the moment during labor.
5. Does this birth photographer have an organized booking system?
One clear way to know that a photographer takes good care of her clients is to look at her organizational systems for booking and obtaining information from clients. You will be well served by a photographer who makes it easy for her clients to sign contracts, create payment plans, and answer informational questionnaires. The amount of care and professionalism that your photographer brings to her booking system will most likely reflect the amount of care that she places into your session.
So, what do you think? Do you have anything that you would like to add to this list? Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below, or hop on over to the CONTACT page so that we can chat!