Breaking into birth photography can be difficult. Birth is such an incredibly intimate experience, and when that first mom invites you into her birth space it is a wonderful feeling! But then you start to worry about whether or not you can even do this. Believe me, you can. That is a normal feeling and I’m not sure I know any birth photographer who stops getting those butterflies before a birth, no matter if they’ve documented 10 or 100.
I remember my very first birth clearly. My youngest was only three months old, and still nursing. I had just basic gear; a Nikon D5100 with a 35mm lens (and not even the good glass). I learned many lessons with my first birth, and I am so thankful it was for a friend.
I’m hoping my lessons learned will help someone just starting to document births.(…)