3 Tips for New Birth Photographers
Monet and Jenn here! We wanted to take some time to share 3 tips that new birth photographers can use to successfully launch thriving birth photography businesses. Jenn and I spent a lot of years and tears building our own businesses, and we are passionate about making this path a little bit smoother for people just starting out!
Find a Community. Birth photography is one of the most challenging and demanding jobs out there. You will need emotional and physical support as your business grows. Connecting with other local birth photographers will help you develop a network of back-up support. ALL new birth photographers SHOULD have a back-up plan in place for every client who hires you. Birth is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and as soon as you start marketing your services professionally, you need to have a back-up. It’s also beneficial to connect with other birth photographers around the country and world. Our FB group is an amazing place to share images, ask for feedback, and grow!
Introduce yourself to the staff. In order to get amazing images for your clients, you need to have a good working relationship with their care team. Nurses/OBs/midwives/doulas can either make your job easy or hard, depending on how they feel about your presence in the birth space. One of the best and easiest things you can do is introduce yourself - quickly and professionally (with a smile!)
Hi! My name is Monet, and I have been hired by ___________ to document their baby’s arrival. Please let me know if I can help you in anyway. I’m so excited to work at this facility with this team.
Don’t Give Away Births for Free. Birth photography requires a lot of time even BEFORE you arrive at your client’s birth space. We can’t tell you the number of times we’ve heard about new birth photographers waiting for weeks upon weeks to attend a free birth…only to find out that their client delivered their baby without notifying them. Please charge (even just a little bit) so that your client is invested in calling you. And show your value! Saying publicly that you’re willing to do a birth for free sends the message that birth photography isn’t an investment. If you are offering a discounted session, make sure you list your full price as well as your discounted price so that your community begins to associate birth photography with a fair, living wage.
A comprehensive guide compiled by premier birth photographers Monet Moutrie and Jennifer Mason based on their experiences at over 300 births. The ultimate toolkit for new birth photographers.