BIRTH SHOOT CHECKLIST
Being mindful of the process of birth, the intensity of emotions and natural sympathies that align, and then stitching it together with your own creative way of taking photographs is what makes birth photography a powerfully moving genre.
To be a birth photographer is to be a storyteller. Consider the way they film your favourite TV show - literally analyse the way they edit together scenes. What you’ll notice is the camera starts with the outside of a building, cuts to the room, then the subjects within the space and down to the subject themselves before focusing on a particular detail relevant to the story. Work through each birth mindfully of this approach to storytelling.
External Scene Setting – Hospital sign / Outside house.
Internal Placement – Ward sign / Birthing Room.
Abstract Story Telling – Relevant details and objects shot up close.
Obvious Story Telling – Placement of people within the room during labour.
Emotional Story Telling – Relationship connections during labour.
Personal Moments – Individual portraits as they are consumed in their own moments.
Labour Aid – birth ball, tens, hand grips.
Midwife / Doula / OBG – Document their important role / handwriting / monitoring.
Pain – The peak of contractions.
Relief – The trough of contractions.
Crowning – The presentation of baby and pushing.
The Catch – The baby’s entry.
Birth Euphoria – The parent’s joy.
Third Stage – Mother’s expressions are unique.
Placenta – Tree of life.
Nursing – the first attempt latch.
Measurements – weight, length, head circumference.
Baby details – hands / feet / lips / nose / hair.
The look – Baby’s eyes locked onto camera / mum / dad.
Dad and Baby.
Mum and Baby.
Sibling / Support Person and Baby.