Hire a Friend or Professional Birth Photographer? | Spokane Birth Photography

The day your baby is born, your life changes. Forever. This day is just as important as your wedding day! And you likely invested in a professional photographer to capture those special moments. My clients have described the day they gave birth as “Life-changing,” “The hardest thing I have ever done, and of which I am the proudest,” “One of the most important days in our lives. It bonded my husband and I in a new way.”

 

No iPhone image can do justice this special day for your family; this is a day to be documented for you by a professional.

 

I often hear, “We’re really interested in birth photography… but we might just have a friend take photos to save money.” Or, “My husband doesn’t get why he can’t just snap a few shots between the birth…”

 

With permission, my clients have allowed me to share a few of the photos that were taken by family/friends at the same births that I attended as their professional Birth Photographer and/or Doula. Thank you to each family for trusting me to be a part of your birth, and for allowing me to share these images in the hope of illustrating the value of hiring a professional birth photographer. If you haven’t already done so, please read my post on Five Reasons to Hire a Birth Photographer: “A birth photographer is trained and experienced in how to capture the best-possible images for you; from choosing the right angles, to the lighting, to capturing all the small details, as well as all the time it takes to edit and compile your birth story, a professional birth photographer is equipped with the necessary tools it takes to beautifully capture your birth.”

 

I am truly passionate about my job; I invest my heart and soul into my photography. I am beyond honored each time a family entrusts me to capture their birth story.

 

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One of my favorite images to capture postpartum is the first embrace between dad and baby. The last thing a mother wants to do right after giving birth is making sure that moment is documented; often, by herself! I anticipate this important moment, and I intentionally capture it from multiple angles.

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Spokane Birth Photographer, Why Hire a birth photographer, Esther Edith Photographer and Doula Spokane, Coeur d

 

Families often like to have their birth space low-lit, which means potentially difficult lighting situations. This is why I have invested in equipment that is made especially for low-light situations.  Camera flashes are not recommended around newborns due to potential eyesight damage, but I use a professional flash, which allows me to “bounce” my light source without causing distraction to a laboring mother, and without any risk to a baby’s eyes. Even in dimly lit situations, I am experienced and prepared to capture your birth story without disturbing the peace of you birth space.

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After baby is born, parents are often eager to share with the world the news of their new arrival. The easiest way to do this is by snapping a quick phone image, and uploading it to Facebook. With this in mind, each of my birth packages include a few edited digital files within 24 hours to use as your official birth announcement.

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Spokane Birth Photographer, Why Hire a birth photographer, Esther Edith Photographer and Doula Spokane, Coeur d

 

One of my birth co-workers nicknamed me “The Birth Photographer Ninja!” Having photographed several births, I am always thinking “ten steps ahead” about where I need to (unobtrusively) place myself in order to capture all the important details and special moments that you want to remember. I take the time to document all the important details from creative angles. Spokane Birth Photographer, Why Hire a birth photographer, Esther Edith Photographer and Doula Spokane, Coeur d

Spokane Birth Photographer, Why Hire a birth photographer, Esther Edith Photographer and Doula Spokane, Coeur d

Spokane Birth Photographer, Why Hire a birth photographer, Esther Edith Photographer and Doula Spokane, Coeur d

 

 

 

Entrusting a professional birth photographer to capture your birth story allows your husband to be fully present, and support you 100% throughout your birth.

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…And I promise to do my job and capture those special memories for you. ♡ 

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If you are interested in inviting a Professional Birth Photographer to help you capture one of the most important days in your family’s life, please reach out to me!  I offer flexible payment plans, and special discounts with multiple packages. Having had two home births, and attended a variety of births as a photographer and doula, I am familiar with the birth space, and sensitive to your privacy and comfort. I would love to get to know you, and I would be honored to document the birth day of your child.

 

{Esther Edith is a professional Photographer and Doula who serves families in the Spokane, WA – Coeur d’Alene areas. She offers professional photography for Birth, Maternity, Newborn, Babywearing, and Breastfeeding. If you are reading this, and looking for a birth photographer elsewhere, I have several birth photographer friends around the globe that I would be glad to refer you to.}

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  • How perfect you are a Spokane birth photographer AND a doula! I mean what a fab way to roll in 2 amazing jobs into 1 professional!ReplyCancel

  • Amy S

    Your post is spot on about hiring a professional photographer for birth. Parents deserve to have a professional so that they can concentrate on whats most important to them; their baby. What beautiful way to document a birth.ReplyCancel

  • I love that you can combine two of your passions by being a birth photographer and doula! Expecting mommas in Spokane are so lucky! Love your comparisons in this post. Professional photos are so worth it!ReplyCancel

  • ester,

    i would love to share this post on my birth photography blog with your permission. it explains beautifully with examples why to hire a birth photographer. i am so happy they get a birth announcement photo so quickly. that is a great idea.
    lauraReplyCancel

  • These images are beautiful! I completely agree that having a birth photographer is so needed for many reasons! I love your examples of your explanations! What a darling home birth and that baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Esther this is such a fantastic way to showcase the difference between having a friend photograph your birth or a true professional birth photographer! Beautifully done! I especially love how you understand that your clients are eager to share their birth photos quickly.ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing example of what a difference it makes to get a professional birth photographer. The moments after birth when mom and dad are marveling at their new baby is so precious. And since you were there it was captured and mom and dad get to experience that uninterrupted moment together–instead of dad trying to take a photo. This Spokane family is so beautiful and their new little baby has these beautiful birth photos as a memory forever!ReplyCancel

  • Excellent post! You’re perfectly demonstrated the difference between snapshots that are “good enough”, vs professional photos that beautifully capture not only each moment, but the feeling and emotion at the time. You’re a very talented Spokane birth photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Anyone who doesn’t see the value you offer in your birth story photography services is just plain crazy! Your images are beautiful and you have an amazing talent for storytelling. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • This post is perfect! How awesome that this family had someone else taking photos at the same time and allowed you to share! This is the perfect illustration of why a professional is so important! Your birth photography is well worth the cost!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely beautiful birth photos! I love how you show the p&s images next to your own to show exactly “Why hire a professional birth photographer”. The proof is in the pudding!ReplyCancel

  • Having a professional birth photographer photograph such a momentous occasion is really crucial. Having a birth photographer in Spokane as honest and trustworthy as you is a gift to the area. I really admire how honest you were in your article about how important it is to hire a professional birth photographer.ReplyCancel

  • It must be an amazing thing, to be both a birth photographer and a doula! Both play such vital roles in the birth process. I know that birth photography is starting to gain more popularity, and I am so glad that it is! To have these special moments captured forever, it a amazing gift you provide your clients.ReplyCancel

  • What a miraculous first day for this new family. Absolutely gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • What sweet photos by this amazing Spokane Birth Photographer! Esther Edith captured this memorable day perfectly. Every emotion experienced by this new mother and father is represented in this album. :)ReplyCancel

  • Such great points in why it’s so important to hire a professional photographer for your birth. Any expecting parents in the Spokane Washington area I will past on your name as a great Spokane birth photographer.ReplyCancel

  • great advice and I love the comparison of photos!ReplyCancel

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