As birth photographers, we give a lot to our clients because we LOVE our jobs. We spend weeks on call for each client, taking our phones everywhere and knowing we can be called away at any moment. We spend hours at births, sometimes leaving or missing family events, holidays and more to be there for our birth clients. We do it, because we love it. And we truly love the clients we work with. I wanted to share a few quotes of gratitude from myself and some birth photographers from around the world. I want you to know, as a client, how much you really mean to us.
"Thank you to all my clients that choose and trust me to to document their beautiful birth stories. It's always an honour and I am full of gratitude for all of you" -Catherine Brown
Angie Klaus says about birth: "2016 was my first full year as a birth photographer, and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to serve my birth clients. While the on-call lifestyle is challenging, there is nothing like witnessing a mother's incredible strength to bring new life into the world, a partner's relentless support, the tender care of dedicated birth teams, and every moment a new baby opens her eyes for the very first time. Each birth is stored in my heart and each story I document is carried with me. "
Elliana Gilbert says it so well, "It is hard to explain to a potential client what to make of a "birth photographer." So I like to use an analogy. Imagine that I am a passionate gardener/landscaper and that your birth space is a garden. When I walk into your garden, regardless of whether it's a hospital room, a messy livingroom in a home, a birth centre, heck - even your vehicle if that's where birth happens for you... what I see is: potential! I see you, the labouring and birthing person as the centre and focus of this garden, the thing that is to be most celebrated, most accentuated, most nourished, respected and supported in the entire garden. You are front and centre.
I see all the other plants in your garden that help prop you up, support you and help you be at your best (your partner, doula, caregiver, family, pets - and even the inanimate things that adorn your space from which you draw strength and inspiration) and I nurture and highlight them as I work my way through your garden. I also see the weeds of a birth space and I carefully remove them, or cast them in shadow tastefully, like the everyday visual noise that could be seen as unsightly, like chipped and crackled walls in a hospital room, outdated furniture you're not proud of, or just the everyday madness that exists in a home, which you might not really want to notice when you're busy labouring and birthing.
As a gardener in your garden would do, I walk in and I see the potential and the actual power of your birth space, and I transpose - both - into art through my lenses. So, understand that I am not merely a photographer. I am not merely a doula. I am not merely a woman. I am a connoisseur of the Art of Birth. My eye has been refined after many years of submersing myself and training in the birth world, and the art world, and I have become very much able to meld those two together to see your birth experience as a Movement of Art in itself, in Nature itself. You are Art. I see You. I communicate your Story in my photos, and you will see the photos later and will be amazed at yourself. You might even feel like a work of art, because that is how I see you and it's what my photos communicate. " Elliana Gilbert, Birth Photographer
"Birth photography in the UK is growing in popularity by the day. Thankyou to all the families who have invited me into their birth space this year. I hope to document many more births in 2017" - Hannah Palamara