World Photography Day - A Day Spent Connecting With Other Photographers

August 19th is World Photography Day!

For the last three years I have gone on a hike on this day, and enjoyed photographing things for myself, beyond the scope of client work. On this day I celebrate the reason why I first fell in love with this fantastic art. Photography was first a way for me to connect with nature. And now it has evolved into a way for me to connect with people.

This year was particularly special because I got to share my hike with another local photographer, Crystal of CR Life Photography.  I brought my daughter and we posed for breastfeeding portraits in honor of National Breastfeeding Month.

World Photography Day - Connecting with other photographers - ebb and flow photography

We chatted about how we've seen the landscape change here over the years. The invasive Australian Pine grove was eradicated and the understory is well underway to becoming established.

World Photography Day - Connecting with other photographers - ebb and flow photography
World Photography Day - Connecting with other photographers - ebb and flow photography

We stopped and admired ferns, butterflies, beautyberry, and moss covered tree trunks.

World Photography Day - Connecting with other photographers - ebb and flow photography
World Photography Day - Connecting with other photographers - ebb and flow photography

And seeing it through the eyes of my two year old made the Florida humidity just a tiny bit more tolerable. She was more interested in the texture of the moss and the flapping of palm fronds than the beads of sweat that began to curl her hair.

World Photography Day - Connecting with other photographers - ebb and flow photography

I'm pretty sure Crystal got some cute photos! She's so silly with kids. And such a great light seeker. It was fun watching another photographer work. And she's definitely more flexible than I am!

World Photography Day - Connecting with other photographers - ebb and flow photography

In the end I was reminded of the saying,

TAKE NOTHING BUT MEMORIES,
LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS

and how photography allows me to do that.

Connecting with nature and other photographers AND my daughter. My cup was so full.

World Photography Day - Connecting with other photographers - ebb and flow photography

And then. Well, the two year old told us it was time to go.  😂




10 reasons to hire a birth photographer - treasure coast birth photographer

Ebb and Flow Photography - 10 reasons to hire a birth photographer - treasure coast birth photographer - vero beach birth photographer

Birth photography is still a young field of photography. Thankfully, it is picking up momentum and people are becoming more aware of what it is. Even large media outlets, such as the Today Show and the Huffington Post, are helping to bring birth images front and center to the masses that normally would not be exposed to it.

If you are here, you probably already know that birth photography is more than just the crowning image, it is a story. That is why I have always referred to my birth photography packages as BIRTH STORIES.  We, as Professional Birth Photographers, are primarily mothers ourselves so we understand how personal birth can be and we carry that experience with us as we document birth stories as they unfold. So, not unlike selecting a compatible OB/midwife and doula, I understand how important it is to choose a Professional Birth Photographer that you can trust into your sacred birth space.

Over the years I have compiled a list of reasons to hire a Professional Birth Photographer for your special event.

Ebb and Flow Photography - 10 reasons to hire a birth photographer - treasure coast birth photographer - vero beach birth photographer

 

10 reasons to hire a Professional Birth Photographer

1. Your partner and birth team are free to focus entirely on you without the additional task of capturing photographs, especially during the moment of birth. I float around your birth space, moving seamlessly around your birth team. I know when to move and I know when to step out.

2. You and your partner/ support people will be in the photographs.

3. Your photographs will be in focus. They will be taken by a professional who is skilled and experienced with photographing high action and in low light. Who else would you choose to preserve the fleeting first moments after the birth of your new baby means but a Professional Birth Photographer with the tools and experience to do so?

4. This event is one of the most monumental of your life that you can have photographed. Becoming a parent, whether it is for the first or fifth time, is a life-changing event. People spend money to have their wedding photographed, why shouldn't this occasion deserve similar attention?

5. Memory fades. These images will keep the important moments fresh and allow you to see the timeline of your birth.

6. It saves time. You can focus on your baby and leave all the photographing, culling through images, and editing to a professional. I will even print them for you and make a book to tell your birth story so you can spend more time connecting with your new family member.

7. Perspective. Birthing mothers often focus inwardly. Birth photography allows you to see the birth as a whole and from a different perspective.

8. Babies grow fast. All those tiny features that make a newborn a newborn are gone in a blink of an eye. They look different after a week, even a day!

9. Birth Photographers document stories. Not just a few snapshots. It is not just my job to tell your story, it is my passion and an art form I have dedicated myself to.

10. Birth Photographers can capture parts of the story you never see. Family waiting just outside the door, a sibling's first response, a mother's reaction.

 

And a bonus one: Healing. Traumatic births can break a parent both physically and mentally. Birth photography can help process the events and start the healing process.


Share this with anyone hesitant about birth photography! Or better yet, share it with someone here on the Treasure Coast looking to have their birth documented.

Birth Becomes Her International Breastfeeding Photography winner - ebb and flow photography