what’ll they think of next? ’cause i’ll shoot it. or…maybe not.

i’ve been thinking about something.

there’s a somewhat new craze for birth photography sessions.
my thoughts:  this is right up my alley.

why?

well…

1)  i’m a mom.  i’ve given birth twice – my daughter was a natural birth, my son, cesarean section…i know the goings on of these things.

2)  i’ve been in the room for others giving birth.  even had the awesome privilege of cutting the cord for a friend!  never will forget that experience.  i would be unobtrusive, where you would barely even know i’m there…unless you want to know i’m there…i have been counted on for my sense of humor in these situations as well.  let’s just say that most people find me very comfortable to be around, and know that i like to laugh…a LOT.  i’ll totally cry over the birth of your baby, too.  can’t help myself…it’s the coolest, most awe-inspiring experience in the world.  but, i will see through my tears to get some rad photos.

3)  remember how i love emotion in my photography?  how i love to tell a story?  well, shewwwwwt, what is more storytelling and emotional than the birth of your child???  let me just answer that.  nothing.  absolutely nothing.

4)  i wouldn’t plan on taking any shots that you wouldn’t want to show your friends…if you know what i mean…’cause there are much more crude ways for me to put that.  i think you get the gist.

yeah, i love births.  i love birth stories.  i’d love to help you tell yours.  i just don’t know how many people think this is of importance enough for me to make it something i offer in my photography services…thoughts?

that brings me to the subject of newborn photography.  i don’t think i’m a newborn photographer.  i think i’m a photographer of you WITH your newborn, but, not so much the photographer of your newborn propped in a boot, or a flower, or a pea pod, etcetera, etcetera…
don’t get me wrong…i took SO MANY PICTURES of my son after he was born, and, yes, millions since, in this past year and a half.  it’s not that i don’t like newborn pictures…it’s just that it goes back to that whole storytelling/emotion thing…as adorable as i find your baby, i find it even more adorable how adorable YOU find your baby, and that is what i want to capture.  make sense?

p.s. there is another new craze of wedding night photography sessions…like, not at the wedding.  nope.  just with the bride and groom on their wedding night.  yup.  no, i’m not kidding.  and, no, i’m not interested.

here is one photo from our son’s birth…how i wish i had even THOUGHT about hiring a professional to capture such a time.

no photographer would’ve been allowed in here, but, having one a couple of hours later to capture the sheer amount of love written on our faces would have been priceless.

4 comments

  1. bryphotographyblog · October 16, 2012

    Um, when you said “wedding night photography session,” my jaw dropped. No thank you. Those moments are a little too private to share with the “film.”

    p.s. I think you would be fantastic at photographing births!! I think your style would compliment that beautiful, life changing, event very well.

  2. alanatphotography · October 17, 2012

    thank you!
    and, i totally agree. to each their own, i suppose, but, it’s definitely not my thing.

  3. Anonymous · October 21, 2012

    I’d love to have you do mine! Let’s see if he cooperates and is born while you’re in LA. 🙂 I know you’d have me laughing so hard that the labor/birth would be easier too!

    • alanatphotography · October 21, 2012

      because i’m selfish, i want him to wait for me…but, for your sake, i’m gonna want him to come before i get there. because by the time i get there, you’re gonna get mad at him for waiting for me. 🙂

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