BFP = Big. Fat. Positive.
Congrats! Whether your TTC [Trying To Conceive] journey took a long time, happened quickly — or even unexpectedly — you might be wondering when you should book a birth photographer? Or if you even want a birth photogapher? [Read my article: Six Reasons To Hire A Birth Photographer]
WHAT IS BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY?
Birth photography is documentary photography of your birth experience. It’s professional and artistic photos from active labour until 1-2 hours postpartum. Birth photography is inclusive of all types of birth and is meant to help you remember the details of your baby’s birth day.
Most people’s first reaction upon hearing that birth photography is a thing, is one of shock. However, birth photography is so much more than the graphic and unpleasant imagery people first imagine. There are lots of beautiful moments that you will want to remember such as the order of events, your partner’s support and reactions, your own strength, details about your baby, and more.
When Should I Book A Birth Photographer?
Occasionally when clients ask me when they should book a birth photographer, I jokingly tell them right after you pee on a stick.
Truthfully though, you can book a birth photographer at any time in your pregnancy. However, the earlier you get in touch the more chance you have of them being available for you. Due to the demanding nature or birth work and being on call, birth photographers can only accept a limited number of clients each month.
Some pregnancy milestones I would suggest to follow for booking a birth photographer are:
As soon as possible
Depending on your where you are at mentally/emotionally before the 12-14 week mark, you can consider booking a birth photographer right away. For myself, I always welcome parents who want to book during the first trimester. Advanced booking pretty much guarantees my availability for you and gives us plenty of time to plan and get to know each other.
Advanced booking is also great for parents who want to take advantage of payment plans. The sooner you inquire about birth photography, the more time you have to save / break up payments.
This is the most common time for parents to inquire about birth photography since it’s the end of the first trimester and usually when parents start telling more people.
You can hire a birth photographer at 12-14 weeks and it still leaves plenty of time for us to get to know each other and to make a plan. You can still take advantage of payments plans at this point too.
There is no minute like the last minute. If your due date is quickly approaching and you suddenly realize you actually do want to hire a birth photographer, inquire anyway!
Last minute inquiries are a bit of a risk, but there is no harm in just asking about a birth photographer’s availability. Asking last minute is tricky because chances are they are already booked up for the month or they have plans and can’t guarantee on-call time for you. But you never know, sometimes the stars align and everything works out. I have definitely been able to accommodate last minute requests before!
How To Book a birth photographer?
The process for booking a birth photographer usually starts with asking your pregnant/parent friends if they had one or could recommend one, or a quick google search.
It’s important to find a birth photographer who’s photo style you love. For myself, I always meet with parents before booking anything to make sure that we are on the same page about expectations and that we are a comfortable fit for each other. Allowing somebody into your birth space is a big deal and an intimate experience, so it’s important to pick the right person for you.
You can also ask your Doctor, Doula or Midwife if they have worked with any birth photographers they could recommend for you.