Let me ask this instead, why does anyone hire a wedding photographer? Why doesn't the groom or mother-of-the-bride take the photos? It's laughable to think about the groom taking your wedding photos, right, so why would you have him taking the photos the day his baby is born?
Wouldn't you rather see the tears on his face when he holds his baby for the first time, or the kiss he gives you the moment he becomes a dad? You will need him to focus on you during labor, not focusing on taking photos. You need him to hold YOU, not the camera.
Birth photography allows dad to be *IN* the photos because it's his story too. It allows your family to stay focused on you when you are your most vulnerable and need love and support.
Like a wedding, birth photography is an event. It is dozens of images documenting the 6, 10, or even 16-hour day of your labor, delivery, and the first two hours in your new roles as PARENTS! The images are beautiful and emotional and powerful. This milestone day deserves more than cell phone snapshots.
Just like your wedding photographer, you hire a birth photographer because you need to know nothing will be missed and you'll have images to cherish forever. You need someone with experience and someone you trust to share this very personal day with you. You want someone to be your eyes for the things you will miss from your hospital bed -- your spouse snoozing while you snooze, your parents pacing outside your room, and the tears in the waiting room when your husband delivers the news that the baby is here!!
I want you to focus on your baby, let me focus on your photos. This story matters.
The reasons you chose your wedding photographer are many of the same reasons for choosing an experienced birth photographer. Your baby's birth will surpass your wedding day and become the most important day of your life... and I'd be honored to document it for you.
Jennifer Crow Augusta Birth Photography | Documenting Everyday: Family Storytelling Photography