01 Mar How Does Photo Doulas work for you?
The short answer – we are usually together for many hours at your birth offering lots of opportunity to capture moments and proved exceptional doula care!
The long answer –
When we join a birth we settle in and set out our cameras out to easily capture moments of your birth story. We average about 15 hours of support, this offers abundant time to discretely yet thoroughly document your birth journey, from the little details in the room, to your partner’s tender support and your connection, to your strength and endurance. After baby is born we are able to shift our focus to capturing those first moments, allowing you and your partner to stay present with one another and your new baby. Most families express surprise at how much we are able to document without them even being aware of it at the time!
Your birth story is told in the style of photojournalism. We unobtrusively capture real, sometimes raw, moments. We carry professional cameras and lenses. Before your birth we will talk about what your preferences are around photography. Do you prefer flash for crisp, brighter photos even if the room is dark? Or do you prefer to maintain a darker space and grainy, moody photos? Do you want the very moment of birth captured? Do you prefer photos to be more modest?
We get feedback from families, sometimes years later, expressing gratitude at being about to look back and see their birth story in photos. The work of labor, their partner welcoming baby, that first breath. It’s an additional time line and sometimes almost therapeutic to see the story from another lens. We love capturing births and getting to be artistic & creative while supporting our clients with exception doula care! We hope you consider having your birth documented. Some families express initial hesitation, but we’ve never had anyone who said yes express regret.
Bonnie & Kyla