Now before you jump to conclusions, give me a chance to explain :o)
While on one of my Mommy forums, the topic of birth photography came up. I had never heard of it and Rob and I really hadn’t talked about it yet. I did a little digging around and came across Heather Bee Photography. She is just like many other photographers who focus on weddings, engagements, maternity and portraits. She also offered another service called birth stories.
I can’t really put into words what birth photography is better than that. This isn’t about documenting the gross and vivid things people (men and women) often relate childbirth to. This is about documenting the minutes or hours leading up to the birth of a child. This is about the interaction between the parents, the down time, the teamwork, and most importantly, the moment when the parents get to say hello to their little one for the first time. She is there before, throughout and after the birth silently documenting the entire experience with an artistic, documentary and tasteful style. I don’t know what it will be like to give birth, but I don’t want to ever forget a minute of it, no matter how long or painful it will be. To be able to look back on photos and see Rob and my face the first moment we see are little one and find out if it is a boy and girl will be priceless.
I met with Heather this past week and got to know her. She is amazing and so comfortable to talk with. I knew right away this was the right decision. It’s comforting to know that Rob will be able to focus with me and not worry about having to take any photographs before or after. After the birth, she makes a slideshow to music for us to share with friends and family. We are able to approve the pictures before she publishes it which I like. We get a CD with the images and the rights to print them.
Of course, this isn’t like a wedding where we can provide the date and time. Heather will be “on call” two weeks prior and one week after our EDD. We keep in touch with her anytime anything starts to happen. She stays throughout the entire labor, no matter how long it is, and 1-2 hours after to get pictures of the parents and baby together. For us, the tricky part is that our EDD is right in the middle of wedding season. Since she books weddings for a specific date and time, she works around them for births. If a birth happens to occur during a wedding and she cannot make it, we get our deposit back so there isn’t really a risk. I have already started giving Peanut the pep talk that Mon-Thur will be the most convenient for everyone 😉