What makes a professional birth photographer professional? Asking the right questions will allow you to find the perfect match. Who is that perfect match you ask? That valuable person that respects your birth space and captures once in a lifetime moments with skill and knowledge.
A professional will know this isn’t a typical birthday party. A professional will know this is the hardest you will ever work in your life. A professional will know this will be the happiest day of your life. A professional will know how to be there without being there.
Be there without being there. It means that a professional will respect your birth preferences and birth space. A professional will not interfere with medical providers. A professional will capture these precious moments with utmost care, while creating beautiful art to forever cherish.
My top three questions I think every mother should ask their birth photographer.
- Do you have a backup photographer?
Why does this matter to you? Well what if your birth photographer gets the flu a few days before you go into labor? What if she falls while hanging something and land on her shooting hand? What if a close relative of hers is sick and she has to fly out of state? What happens to you? What happens to your investment? That is why a professional birth photographer has backups in place. The likelihood that they will use them is rare but, it is possible. And I don’t know about you but, I would rather be prepared than unprepared.
- Do you have more than one way to contact you?
Having more than one phone number for my clients to contact me is SUPER important. I even pay a ridiculous amount of money to have a landline in my home (it’s apparently not very cool anymore). I chose a landline because if the power goes out so does my internet which is connected to my digital phone. That didn’t work for me. So make sure your photographer has other numbers available to you. Worst case scenario: what if they accidentally put their phone on airplane mode?
- Do you have backup equipment?
This one is fairly simple. Equipment can freeze, act wonky or just flat out die. What if it dies as baby is being laid in your husbands arms for the first time? A professional will always have backup cameras, backup batteries, backup cards and any other equipment they may use.
Have you hired a birth photographer, what did you ask when you interviewed them? Did you have any other questions that were important to you?