I've never felt more at peace in my role within my life than when I was supporting a birthing woman, and her partner, while dancing in between the contractions and intimate moments to document with photography and filming. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It can be a controversial topic, filling both roles. But, the truth is it's actually an incredible skill to make use of to provide a family with both options. It's one less body in a birth space, which most people know is a huge plus. It's also paying one less person to be on call. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
@laceybarrattphotography puts it perfectly:
“Some people say that you can’t do both at the same time because your doula role requires 100% and your documenting requires 100%. While this is true, I beg to differ. The key is communication. When you have a mom that requests both services, you must ask them, “What is more important?” because there may come a time where she needs you more than she needs pictures and then you find yourself in a pickle, especially during transition. I always ask my moms what service is more important to them, and then we begin to discuss what the two ends of the spectrum will look like. We discuss in detail if they prefer my doula support over images, then they may have a little bit of a small gap in their images. I then go on to explain if images are more important to her, and I can see she needs support, I’ll go in and let the birth partner know to grab their hand and really offer some extra support while I take the picture. If they aren’t ok with this, then we may need to investigate having two people dedicated to their individual jobs. While that may be more costly, it is a way that serves the mother the most and that may be the best option for her. I have never had a mom in this scenario who has not opted to hire me for both services. Why? Because the value that you are offering makes it way too amazing to pass up. Pay you an extra fee? Or pay someone else a full fee for birth photography?”
— Lacey Barratt #heartandsoulunscripted
These two are soooo close to meeting their daughter, like she could come at any time! It’s funny to be on call for something that could happen at anytime - I’ve been dreaming about being in L&D every single night 😅
Oh happy day!! It’s Friday! AND the sun is supposed to come out today. We haven’t seen it in Greenville, SC in about 40 days so it will be quite welcomed!
Time for a few Friday tidbits for this #fridayintroductions post:
1. Laughing is my favorite and this man makes me laugh A LOT. And somehow (not because of him whatsoever), I don’t laugh nearly as much as I should.
2. I have about 1 million things I could be insecure about (being 39 years old, being “old” in this industry of wedding photographers, the double chin and gray hairs you see in this photo to name a few). But most days, I don’t care about them. At all. But on the days I do, I wallow for a bit and then I start finding Truth to speak to myself and God works on my heart... yet again!
3. We’re going to see the new Fantastic Beasts movie tonight and I can hardly stand myself. I bought our tickets and reserved our seats at the beginning of the week if that tells you anything.
4. Our first babysitter is coming to stay with the girls tonight and I’m not sure whose more excited, me or the girls... or Allie ❤️
📷 by @ashlytherese
Son zamanlarda sıkça karşılaştığım bir sorunun yanıtını buradan sizlerle de paylaşmak istedim.
Soru: Doğum gece olursa karanlık ortamda çekim yapılabiliyor mu?’ Yanıt: Fotoğraf (Photography) ‘Işıkla Çizmek/Resmetmek’ demek; fotoğrafın oluşabilmesi için ışığa ihtiyaç var. Gece doğumlarında bebek gelene kadar olan kısımda harici ışık kaynakları kullanabiliyoruz. Ancak bebek doğarken ve doğduktan sonra, bebeğin göz retinaları tam oluşmadığı için (2-3 ay içinde oluşuyor) flash lı çekim yapmıyoruz. Gece çekimlerinde alınması gereken kareleri alıp, pozlu çekimleri ertesi güne bırakıyoruz. Çekilen her kare fotoğraf Photoshop işleminden geçtiği için ışık ayarlamalarını masa başı çalışmasında da gerçekleştirebiliyoruz.
Bu fotoğraf gece yapılan bir normal doğum sonrasında bebeğin ilk bakımları yapılırken çekildi. Size fikir verebileceğini düşünerek paylaşıyorum.
Güzel bir hafta sonu olsun 🌸💜🌸
Get a cup of tea ☕️(and a biscuit), 🍪and enjoy this lovely Birth Story submitted by Genesis mommy, Monique Gerber! 💫"My birth story; How I delivered a 4,5kg baby naturally, with no pain medication, and no tearing, at almost 42 weeks pregnant (29 October 2018 / 3.35am / Genesis Maternity Clinic). Click on the link in bio to read 👉🏽 https://www.genesisclinic.co.za/birthing-at-genesis-clinic/birth-stories/how-i-delivered-a-45kg-baby-naturally/