If you’ve had a baby recently – or you know anyone who has – you probably know that birth photography is pretty hot. Looking at the gorgeous black-and-white images of angelic mothers and brand-spanking-new babies, I can understand why that is. I’m actually sad that I don’t have many photos of my own children’s births. While I was in labour photography was the last thing on my mind, but seven and four years out I know that there’s no way to re-capture those moments. At the same time, I wasn’t exactly at my most photogenic as I birthed, if you know what I mean. I decided to catch up with an expert – local birth photographer Jaydene Freund of Cradled Creations – to get the scoop on birth photography for this week’s podcast.
Jaydene isn’t just a photographer, she’s also a doula. In fact, when she was working as a doula she agreed to take some photos at a birth for a doula client, and that’s how she fell in love with birth photography. That was several years ago, and she’s been working as a birth photographer ever since. I love talking to people who are energized by what they do, and Jaydene is very energized by what she does. It goes without saying that I loved talking to her.
At the same time, I’ll be honest, I had some questions. How does she take birth photos that you’d be comfortable sharing with your father-in-law? How do the hospital staff react to having a photographer in the delivery room? Is birth photography just a symptom of the way we overdocument every part of our lives? And how does Jaydene – a mom of a toddler herself – juggle parenthood and being on-call at all hours of the day and night?
If you’re curious to hear the answers to those questions, or you’d like to know more about birth photography, take a listen to the podcast:
I’m working on a podcast about placenta encapsulation for next week’s episode. Just like birth photography, it’s kind of hot right now in birth circles. What’s the scoop? I’ll talk to two moms and find out. If you’re intrigued – or you’re thinking of doing this yourself – you’ll want to tune in. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes and you won’t miss a minute!