I had written all about Olivia’s birth story about a year ago. It was a beautiful story but it was very personal to me. There might have been a few people that were interested in reading it but the more I read it the more I realized how important it was to me & pretty person. I am so glad I wrote it, it was a journal piece that I will treasure forever. But a whole year later and restarting up a blog I decided to talk about why you should hire a birth photographer.
I love photographs. To me nothing is better than a frozen piece of time Yes a lot of photos are staged but when you look at a photo it brings you right back to that very moment. People hire a photographer for huge moments in their lives. Since I am still under 5 years of this stage I will mention a moment that everyone thinks is the most important day of their lives, your wedding day. You take engagements, bridals, and the actual wedding by a professional photographer, this is a huge day and you want beautiful photos. You think this is the most important day of your life. Trust me up to this point it is, unless you have already become a parent. Becoming a parent trumps becoming a spouse any day, at least it did for me. So I looked at this moment as why not have a professional come in and capture moments of this special day that I can cherish forever.
This takes me to the first reason on my top 5 list why to hire a professional.
1. Biggest day of your life
Becoming a parent is a huge day in anyones life. Nothing will ever be the same after you become a parent. You hire a professional photographer for huge events happening in your life. You also hire a professional usually once a year to take photos for christmas/New Years cards and just so you have a photo of your entire family every year. Why wouldn’t you hire a professional to capture moments that change your life so drastically.
2. Moments you never saw
My photographer captured things that I never got to see with my own eyes. My husband was next to me when we heard our beautiful little girls first cries. I was focused on myself at the time, what I was feeling, what I was doing. I wasn’t caring to look around and see what my husband was experiencing. But my photographer did. She took several pictures of his reaction which was beautiful. I have only seen my husband cry once before. I guess I technically didn’t see this one either but while looking at all the photos and seeing him wipe away tears was so beautiful to me. I didn’t know his reaction until the photographer told and showed me. I am so glad she captured it and I will forever cherish that photo. I think if I saw a photo of my father reacting the same way when I was born that photo would be cherished by me as well.
3. Moments you don’t want to forget
I’ve got complete mom brain. I thought it was bad when I was pregnant but a year after O’s birth and I realize this mom brain might be here to stay. I have forgotten small things about that day that I thought I never would. How could you ever forget the best day of your life. Well you can and you do. I love looking back at photos of that day and reliving it. You don’t relive the painful stuff either ladies. Nature has a wonderful way of making you forget any of the pain so we want to redo this whole process over again.
4. Takes pressure off everyone
I take the photos in this family, not my husband. I know all families aren’t this way and there are a lot of you lucky ladies that have wonderful husbands that are amazing with the camera. We aren’t one of those families. There was no way I was going to trust my husband to take beautiful photos of what was going on. Plus I wanted him in a lot of the photos as well. I’ll refer back to reason #2–getting his reaction to the birth. I also didn’t want a whole audience in the room while delivering. Even if you do want a lot of people in there, how great is it to have someone there to capture everyone participating. It took the pressure off family, my husband and me. I just delivered a baby, I would have wanted to be up there taking photos of her getting weighed & measured. There was no way I would have been able too. I was still in surgery myself. Yes I got stitches, yeah me. So there was no pressure for anyone to man up and take beautiful photos because I knew the photographer was already doing that.
All the reasons listed above will help you relax on this big day. You don’t want to feel even more stressed than you already will be and maybe you wouldn’t. I personally would feel stressed if I didn’t capture certain moments. I’m already kicking myself about certain photos I didn’t take throughout her first year. Having a professional there to capture this beautiful moment helped me to relax.
Now lets show you some photos
Photos taken by April at New Elements Films