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Birth Photography Without the Intimate Details – Seattle Birth Photographer


Documentary birth photography doesn’t always have to involve the intimate details of giving birth.

Some parents really want their hospital experience documented but don’t feel comfortable with a stranger with a camera watching them give birth.

Some hospitals simply don’t allow it.

In this case, the parents would have loved the birth of their son captured, but the hospital simply did not allow it. But they did allow me a few brief moments with the family as mom labored, and again when the birth team had finished their medical duties after their son was born. What an honor it is to document a family’s first hours with their child – this is something I will never take for granted!

If you are welcoming a new addition to your family soon and on the fence about having a birth photographer document the process – just know that your wishes are valid and your privacy is worth protecting. Let your photographer know what moments are important for you to have documented, and which moments you would rather keep private. It is also crucial to talk to your OBGYN/hospital/birth team about having a photographer present, and ask if that is something they allow and if there are any rules for your photographer to follow.

To make up for lost time at the hospital, I met the family again at their home a week later for an in-home newborn and family documentary photography session. It was so fun to see how their daughters welcomed their new little brother.

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