Birth photography, or capturing the moments of birth and turning them into a story, is the latest trend of India. It is undoubtedly one of the toughest genres of photography. You will get better with the more births you click. As this genre is comparatively new, you do not get many tips or guidance generally. In this article, you will come to know about the 3 most important things associated with birth photography that probably nobody has told you yet.
Here are the top 3 things that you should know as a birth photographer:-
What makes your job tough
Birth photography throws a bunch of challenges to you that no other photography genre does. You must work in dim light, understand how a baby is born and capture the moment without bothering anyone, wait for long hours, and work in unpredictable conditions. Practice a lot before the D-Day. Know what gears you will need, what unexpected situations can occur, and how to tackle them. Try not to make any noise in the labor room and use noise-free equipment too. Also, be mentally prepared to get a call at any time from the client and rush for the shoot, much before the scheduled date. Apart from the common and obvious shots that every client likes, take some candid pictures too. Try to schedule the contract as early as possible. It will help you to get along with the clients and understand their demands, and feeling well.
How should you prepare?
As you have understood by far that birth photography is very tough, and different from the other types of photography, you should avoid trying your hands in it until you become skilled with the camera, and acquire other necessary qualities of a professional photographer too. Gain thorough knowledge about how different camera settings like Shutter speed,
ISO, Aperture, Angles work under different conditions so that you can experiment when necessary, and produce good quality photos in difficult situations too. The best way to prepare yourself is to watch as many birth videos as possible so that you do not get nervous at the sound or environment of the labor room. Remember your work should not affect that of the doctors and nurses. Do not hamper the client’s privacy and comfort. You might need to wait for long hours in some cases, so be prepared for that.
Have a full-proof contract
As the birth moment is a very precious as well as an emotional moment for the client couple, they might have over expectations about photographing those moments or might not express what they want clearly. So, you need to add a few things to your contract to avoid any unwanted conflicts. This should include the delivery date and time, if there are any restrictions to photograph from the client’s side, the rules and regulations of the hospital regarding birth photography, if you will be available beforehand in emergencies, if you are not, what will be the payment, etc.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.