A very interesting article in The Guardian this morning by Rachel Holmes discusses the ‘growing trend’ of birth photography and birth photographers. I have to say that personally, it’s not something I wanted photographed per se although both my husband (Kevin Carter) and I always have one or more cameras with us, so it wasn’t something I was likely to avoid. Kevin only took a few images each time (3) and admits to feeling slightly ‘weird’ during the act, I was too focused on the job in hand to take a lot of notice. But as to whether I would hire a ‘stranger’ to photograph this very private moment is another thing. Also, if I was paying a birth photographer by the hour for my first, I would have needed to remortgage but money aside, is birth photography going too far?
To any woman who has been through a birth the reality is not quite the same as the fantasy in most cases, but Rachel Holmes’ opinion having viewed Birth Photographer Becky Williams’ images at TummytoToddler.co.uk feels that the images are ‘tasteful and intimate’. Rachel is certainly considering a birth photographer for her second. I’m done in that respect so do not need to make any of those decisions but this is a very interesting read, read the full article here – please return to comment at the end of this post – I’d really like to know your thoughts, from both angles. Would you consider birth photography as employment or would you consider having your birth photographed? I think this is an excellent opportunity for mobile photographers, so please do comment below.