There’s a BIG change coming to Vuefinder Photography. Here’s what’s happening. I will be documenting births. Yep, you heard right – BIRTHS.
I attended a Natural Baby Fair a few weeks ago, and met some amazing Doulas (labor and birth assistants), who are just starting out and were very interested in talking some more with me. I also stopped by a booth of an organization called “The Bump” http://www.thebump.com/. It’s a resource guide specifically aimed at maternity, a one stop guide, so to speak. To make a long story shorter, I will be advertising bi-annually in this printed publication and online as well. The new publication is coming out late June, and I am doing a full page ad which I’m really excited about. Never done anything like this before.
Years ago, before switching from film to digital format, I shot quite a few births. My kids were younger then, and it would’ve been very hard to shoot births exclusively due to the unpredictability of labor. In the back of my mind though, I always said to myself when the kids are older, this is what I want to do full time. Well, the kids are now 9 and 14. It’s time. It’s the right time.
I am super excited about this new direction. I’ll still occasionally shoot family sessions, especially for past clients. Just be advised, that if I get called to a birth, I must go and your family shoot will have to be rescheduled.
Don’t get me wrong, it will be hard being on call 24/7, and sometimes having to go out in the middle of the night, but it’s SO worth it to me. What do I love so much about births? So many things. For starters, the joy and privilege I feel, documenting the arrival of a new life, is incomparable to anything else. To be trusted by these parents(to-be), and document their life altering journey for them….. it’s an incredible feeling. I’m on a high for several days after each birth.
So there you have it. My new statement. I am a birth photographer. (I feel as though I’m in an AA meeting or something). This is a big step for me, I’ve been shooting family portraits for so long, and a part of me will miss it. Life’s too short, I have to follow my heart, and it’s with the births.
And as no blog post is complete without a picture, here’s one of my favorite images from a recent birth.