Life Theory Collective

the art of living and storytelling.

Birth Photography and First Moments

What is Birth Photography?

elyse dillon birth photography

When people think of "birth photography", what usually comes to mind is not at all like what it actually is. I am not a medical photographer and I am especially not there to get in the way or invade your privacy. I am there to help make you feel comfortable and document all the moments and interactions that make up the amazing a beautiful experience of giving birth. Birth photography is more of a photo journalism approach to photography and does not have to include explicit shots. Having a birth photographer there to document everything, allows the mother to relive the experience through the photographs and often times have a totally different perspective on what happened that day.

The purpose of birth photography is to capture moments, expressions, tears, smiles, love, fears and the beauty of the entire process. Who was there? How did they react? How did you react? Did you cry or did you smile with delight? You only get one chance at capturing your new babies first moments: the first breath, the first cry, the first gaze at mom, the first reactions from siblings, the first bath- all the first moments that make up a new life. Such memories can easily slip away  in the days and years to follow.

A natural pairing is my birth photography services along with my doula services! If you're interested in my doula + birth photography package, please let me know!

First Moments Photo Sessions

If you're not too sure about having me there to photograph your birth, my next best option is my First Moments photo session. This session involves me coming to the location of the birth, the moment after the baby is born or before you head back home from the hospital or birth center. I'll be there to capture the newness of the baby and special bonding moments between baby and their new family.

This session can also be paired with my doula services.


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