Birth photography quickly becoming more popular among new parents
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The moments leading up to having the birth of a child are priceless, but remembering them is a different story.
That’s why Daniel and Jessica McChesney hired a birth photographer to capture the day their son Judah was born.
“If they want to remember the day and if they want to capture the beauty in all of its forms of birth, then you can’t not have a birth photographer,” said Jessica.
Hesitant at first, Daniel soon warmed up to the idea.
“I don’t think, as a guy, I understood everything I was needing to do on the day Judah was born and taking pictures would probably not have happened,” he said. “Taking photos probably would have gotten me in trouble.”
Jessica said the process is not as intrusive as you think.
“A lot of people, when they hear about birth photography they think all up in your grill and they think graphic images, and that’s not what it was at all for us,” she said.
Taryn Starkey is who the McChesneys turned to for their son's birth. She has been a photographer for close to a decade now and picked up birth photography in the last two years.
“I just saw some other photographs online one day and I was just like that’s what I want to do,” she said.
And she's not the only one.
“When you think about it, you have your senior pictures done then you have your engagement pictures taken and then you have your wedding pictures taken,” she said. “So when people think about the most important times of their life, the birth of a child is extremely important. It’s probably one of the most important days, and why wouldn’t you want to have those moments captured?”
Whether it’s a home birth, at a birth center or a hospital, Taryn is there.
Looking forward to her upcoming shoot with Taryn, Sarah Chapman is getting ready to meet her baby girl.
This is the second time she’s hired a birth photographer. The first time was during her son's birth with a different photographer.
“We tried for our son for three years, so once he was here it was just this amazing moment and she captured that and I never saw it,” she said. “I broke down in tears on the way home because it was such a good picture. It is one of my favorite pictures.”
Waiting for her Nov. 8 due date, Sarah has a message for anyone on the fence about birth photography.
“Do it,” she said. “Because you’ll never get that moment back. It’s a one-time thing. It’s a one-shot deal and you’ll never see it again and if you miss it then it’s gone.”
Sarah's photographer Taryn is also qualified as a birth doula, someone who assists women during deliveries and sometimes after birth.
“My education as a childbirth professional kind of qualifies me more than just another photographer or family photographer would as a birth photographer,” she said.
Taryn also offers free services for families who are going to be experiencing a loss.
Here is a link to her website with more information for expectant parents interested in birth photography.