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83 Reasons To Hire A Birth Photographer

on October 1 | in Birth | by | with 75 Comments

Lynsey Stone, aka the DFW Birth Photographer, was the first person I called when I found out I was pregnant. Yep, I’m so in love with her work that I scheduled her 39 weeks in advance, and that’s not all! I have actually introduced myself to women I saw on her blog. How do you like this one?

Hi! You don’t know me but I saw you make that scrunchy face as you pushed your baby out. Where? Oh, Lynsey’s website! You did a great job!

Or this?

Your kids were wearing GOGGLES in the birthing pool. So funny! I hope those boys love their little sister. (To be fair, I met this mom once before at a birth class. . . she wasn’t a COMPLETE stranger)

Or to a mom of four:

Umm . . . you looked like you were enjoying that contraction a little. too. much. [Internal thought: You looked like you were making a baby, not pushing one out!]

Little did I know how important that call would become. After a difficult labor I had so many different emotions to process through. Sharing my story has helped tremendously, but when all was written the experience still felt stained with confusion and disappointment in myself.

Watching Lynsey’s slideshow changed that. In eighty-three images, she washed a grimy window and let the light through. She captured the beauty of the moment and washed the pain away. She made me feel strong again . . . at least, stronger than I did. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen it now, but it has been a very healing experience.

On a totally different note, here’s a little piece of Potamus family trivia for you: The music playing throughout the slideshow, Brian Johnson’s “Love Came Down,” was playing at the exact moment that Micah made his entrance.

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75 Responses to 83 Reasons To Hire A Birth Photographer

  1. I L <3 V E D this! Thank you for sharing such personal photos. I kept thinking the one I was looking at was my favorite until I'd see the next one.. And the ones with Kris make me cry. Beautiful KiKi! I L <3 V E the ones with Katie. Beautiful! Amazing! Thank you!

  2. Angela Richardson says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  3. Lesley says:

    Oh Heather…I am a ball of emotions right now!! Not only cause your slide show was absolutely stunning…but also because your words were MY words 3 years ago. The first time I saw my slideshow after my “confidence shattering” labor and birth…I sobbed, literally sobbed as I watched something that I swear I had NOT been part of!! I was able to see my labor and birth as everyone else saw it…as a long hard process that I had conquered and birthed a beautiful boy out of. I swear my birth did not look like that in my head…but once I saw it in pictures I was able to allow myself some grace on how it truly it did happen. As you said, I could view it through different eyes…and these eyes were much more forgiving and gentle than my OWN eyes. Lynsey was a HUGE part of my healing–between her pictures, slideshow and friendship over the next few months and years…I found peace with my birth. I rejoice with you as you find that healing through these pictures. And I agree I think that a birth photographer is as vital at a birth at the midwife ( shhh…dont tell our midwives that!) I had Lynsey at my home before any other part of my birth team with the exception of one midwife assistant…we weren’t risking she would miss anything! If my home burns down–grab my kids and my birth photos…seriously!!
    Thanks so much for sharing and for giving THE DFW Birth Photographer the KUDDOS she deserves–her art is a priceless healing tool. The laboring mom does all the HARD work..while Lynsey captures the raw footage of what that truly looks like and is able to make it look beautiful!

  4. Michelle McCoy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. This made me rethink my decision to have another one. To beautiful for words. I cried the whole time. Thanks again!!!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Michelle. I always say this one is the “last one” when I am in labor but when I saw this slideshow I found myself talking about #3. How quickly we forget!

  5. thank you so much for sharing! i had a feeling it was you that made that comment to lynsey (when she shared it on facebook and was so touched by such an awesome compliment!)

    i most definitely started crying at the first photo of you holding micah after he came out, where you mouth is wide open in amazement!

    her photos always make me want to have another baby, and this slideshow is no exception! thanks for sharing.

  6. Mae says:

    It was gorgeous, just like I thought it would be! You did amazing, Heather!
    Coldplay’s “The Scientist” was playing while Lily was born. Still can’t listen to it without going right back to on my back feeling her squishy body come out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3Kd7IGPyeg

  7. Karrie I says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this blessed event w/us! I couldn’t help but tear up (& find myself again doing so as I type this!) as I saw the photos of you crying as you hold little Micah for the first time. Such a moving documentary of his birth!

  8. Joy says:

    Tears. Sweet, sweet tears. Beautiful. This makes me want to have Lynsey at my birth.

  9. Kristine says:

    Beautiful! Loved the video! It made me cry again like I did when I saw it happen in person. I loved all the photos minus the one where I look like the Joker. :) My hair is crazy because our electricity was out for 5 hours that day. But so glad I got to share that moment!

  10. Caitlin Hines via Facebook says:

    beautiful

  11. Sarah Kuglin says:

    Absolutely beautiful…amazing. graceful.
    Thank you for sharing such an intimate time of welcoming in Micah.

  12. Whittney says:

    Gifted and fabulous as she always is…..never disappoints with her work! But Heather, you do realize that Lynsey can only capture the beauty that is already there, right?!?! I see the Lord all around your little family in those photos. Now, I have to go and summon my husband home to attempt to have another baby so I can hire Lynsey for the third time. :)

  13. Awww I’m all teary eyed. That was SO BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing. I really, really want to have a birth photographer. I still need to convince my husband though. He doesn’t like the idea of it being a big show with flashing lights etc. Did you find having a photographer there, disturbing in any way? I’d imagine they would have to use a flash if you are labouring in low light and that could be distracting possibly? I think I’d be okay with it :)

    • Mae says:

      Crystal,
      Lynsey was at our birth too and I guarantee you she wasn’t a distraction. She bounces her light off the walls behind her so you don’t get direct light in your face. I only have 2 memories of her taking pictures and when she called to tell me how many pictures she got, I was really worried, I was afraid that she would have only gotten a handful, but she got over 100! Look for reviews on birth photographers in your area and look for words like “discrete” “fly on the wall” that sort of thing!

    • Heather says:

      Crystal – I agree with Mae that Lynsey is very discreet. When you get in “the zone” all that stuff fades away anyway. While I’m nowhere near as good as Lynsey, I was the birth photographer for a close friend. I remember standing in this tiny bathroom snapping away and thinking that at any moment my good friend was going to get up and smack me for annoying her. After half an hour of contractions she looked up and said to me “How long have you been here?” LOL!

  14. Heather I love this! We just decided to hire her and I’m SO thrilled! Crystal, I am 4 months pregnant and my husband just gave me the go ahead to hire her. He felt the same way but with some coaching from friends who used her he agreed. I’m so excited! I regret we don’t have better pictures with my 1st but I know this will help the treasure the process!

    • Awww that’s SO exciting! I figure that if we hired a photographer for our wedding why on earth would we NOT hire a photographer for the birth of our child! :)

    • Heather says:

      Yay! I love when my real-life friends hire Lynsey. Although I love her work no matter what, it’s so meaningful to see the birth of a little one that I have the joy of watching grow up.

      I totally agree that it will help you treasure the process. Although there is nothing like the thrill of knowing I “did it” the first time I gave birth, I can honestly say that being wiser the second time around helped me make better choices about my birth. The two biggest changes I made were hiring Lynsey and a doula. Now that I have experienced birth both ways I would never want to do it without these important additions!

  15. Esther says:

    So beautiful! So touching. So perfect. Lynsey, this is your best work. ever. period. Heather, your beautiful family is so precious and it’s such and honor to view such an intimate occasion through the talented lens of Lynsey. I love how the song fits perfectly with all you experienced and victoriously endured.
    “However much we know about birth in general, we know nothing about a particular birth. We must let it unfold with its own uniqueness.” Elizabeth Noble

  16. Laurie says:

    Your words are true for me too. My fifth childs birth back in May left me searching for something beautiful and I got to see it in Lynsey’s photos. She definetly provides a different and beautiful perspective. I wish every mother could have her. Just not enough Lynsey to go around. We need to clone her ;)
    Beautiful beautiful birth. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Esther says:

    ahem, (*teasing tone*)aren’t you forgetting a very important part of when and why you booked Lynsey? All it took was seeing MY amazing birth pics captured by the one and only…LYNSEY!…and there you have it. the rest is history ;-)

  18. Kate C, says:

    These pics are just perfect!
    One of the only regrets I have of my birth is that Lynsey was not there!

  19. dianthe says:

    what a beautiful story – Lynsey did amazing work, as always! the raw emotion that she was able to capture is beautiful!

    like you, my photographer is very first on the list of people who must be present before i can give birth!

  20. INCREDIBLE!!! This shows the beauty of home birth and water birth!!

  21. Sarah says:

    So lovely and so beautiful – thank you for sharing! A beautiful family moment captured in time by sweet Lynsey. :) Makes me want to do it again so that my daughter can participate. What a treasure a birth slideshow is!

  22. meredith says:

    balled my eyes out. Then went and watched MY birth video and balled my eyes out again. Thanks a lot….

  23. Kirsten says:

    Heather, thanks so much for sharing this beautiful, intimate look into the birth of Micah. I am overcome. I totally teared up when I saw the pictures of you seeing your son for the first time. I am almost 27 weeks pregnant with our second and we are also planning a home birth this time (we had our daughter at a birth center). Seeing your family all around you (even little Katie) was so precious to me. I just want to give you a big hug right now! :)

    I loved the song too…I spent a couple of years at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, and there’s just no one like Brian Johnson to open the doors to heaven in worship!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Kirsten! And congrats on your pregnancy! Daughters are wonderful helpers when they’re not giving their baby brother/sister hugs that resemble headlocks :)

      Wow, how awesome that you spent time at Bethel! I LOVE Kris V (in the appropriate sense, of course). In fact I listen to him every night on my iPod as I fall asleep.

  24. Karen – Thank you! Kiki is the best aunt ever. Katie was totally at peace throughout the whole process in her Kiki’s arms.

    Caitlin – There you are! I’ve been wondering what happened to you! Congrats on your gorgeous little boy . . . love his name!

    Nanci – Thank you. Lynsey is spectacular at what she does!

  25. Kristine Dessinger via Facebook says:

    Aw, Karen & Mommypotamus…You are so sweet! :)

  26. Genevieve says:

    Wonderful work. Wowzers on those action delivery shots! And that reaction of yours upon holding Micah for the first time looked very familiar to me :)

    Just like my baby Griffin, Micah looked super alert, his little peepers open and taking in the world.

    Might have been the black and white, or just the sheer beauty of the photographs, but the whole event looked really calm and peaceful.

  27. Melodie says:

    What beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them here. My faves were of Katie in the tub with you and I thought the song was perfect too.

    • margo says:

      Occasional reader, first time replier. What a beautiful video. I boohooed the whole time while I was watching your video (remembering my own birth experience just 3 months ago). I must say you look like you labored very calmly. Good job!
      We had a birth photographer only after it was suggested at our birthing class. At first I thought no way, I will be too distracted and a little uncomfortable having some stranger take pics of such an intimate moment. We were already doing things “outside the box” (by having a midwife and delivering at a birth center) in our general circle of friends. But, I changed my mind when thinking about this “only once” chance. Only when watching the video could I really see what actually happened when my little girl was born. It was awesome! To think we almost didn’t hire a photographer, silly me! So thankful we did. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Linda says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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  30. Shawna says:

    This might turn any homebirth doubting Thomas into a believer! At least that’s what I’m hoping will happen with my in-laws :-) That’s why I hired Lyndsey. I was worried about how I’d feel about a slideshow afterwards if the birth doesn’t go the way I planned it….I’m glad to hear it can be redeeming! I love how she captured Micah’s first interactions with his family- looking and just figuring everyone out. I guess that’s why I want a natural birth (because I do sometimes wonder why I am choosing to go through that pain again) it’s just neat how alert and interactive they are when they come out!

  31. Christine Pizzini via FB says:

    Yes :) we are forever grateful forthose pictures!!

  32. Tiffany Nicholas via FB says:

    I didn’t, but if we get a next time I will then

  33. Yes…with two of my births I had a professional. Best money ever spent!

  34. Tara Davis Eversman via FB says:

    hell no!!! (just me… do judgement on those that relish visual documentation.)

  35. Naya Weber via FB says:

    Yes. It was incredible to see the pictures. I plan to have one at future births as well.

  36. Evonne Burris via FB says:

    thanx for sharing that… i have her liked on facebook too, not sure where i found her, but it’s such a small world… she does amazing work, and so do the families she works with!! congrats on your newest potamus, may you all be happy and healthy <3

  37. Christy Thompson via FB says:

    I had a friend take pictures for me & she ended up being a doula & best friend too! :) Love her!

  38. Sure did! I had the great @Lynsey Stone – http://www.dfwbirthphotographer.com – a link to my montage – the above address with /PaxtonJude.html – I’m actually at a birth with her right now

  39. monica says:

    the pictures make it look easy. you are so graceful and slender. I am glad the record of it helped you see it as it really was; with no grime or stains. mothers are heroes. we have 3 girls. I had never heard of a birth photographer – but my daughters will be savvy to that amazing idea! Its so funny how people differ… I couldn’t stand people, noise or light. I labored in a dark, silent room. No one was allowed to touch me because it made it worse. I wonder how a birth photographer would fare through 30 hrs in a dark room. Lol. I guess she could go home and come back. Thank you for sharing!

    • Heather says:

      Aww, thank you, Monica! It really helps to have someone present who is not family to take pics. I know from my first birth that family members get too caught up in the moment and forget they’re holding the camera!

  40. Not an official one, but after bawling over Micah’s slideshow, it’s on my “want” list for the next baby!

  41. Erin K says:

    Heather, I love your reading your blog! I am expecting my first baby in January and I was wondering if you ever have (or will) post the playlist of music you had during your deliveries? I loved the song playing during Micah’s 1st birthday video so i’m thinking I would like whatever other music you chose for that occasion as well. Thanks for sharing about all your experiences.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Erin! Congratulations on your pregnancy! Love that you will be starting a brand new year with a sweet new baby . . . there is just nothing better! In case you want it, today’s song was Swell Window by Zee Avi. Unfortunately, my birth playlist was on my husband’s laptop which crashed a few months ago. I remember it had a of Brian Johnson and Deuter on it. Good stuff :)

  42. Kate says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful birth experience. I wish I’d known about options like water birth and birth photographers when I birthed my six (3 boys and girls, all single births.) We counted ourselves lucky just to get to skip the anesthetics and episiotomy back then. but i did manage to breastfeed all of the for a couple of years each and I’ve been around to help others make better choices, working as a doula. I’ll be showing this sight to my daughters in hopes they will make choices that bring them the joy I see on your face.

    • Heather says:

      Natural birth AND extended breastfeeding before the shift in the last few years must have brought it’s share of hassles. Thank you Kate for seeing your choice through . . . there are so many today who are making more informed choices because of mamas like you <3

  43. P.S. We didn’t have a photog during Katie’s birth, but I do have a “first meeting” photo on her birth story :)

  44. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    Thank you for sharing <3 That was beautiful!!!!!

  45. Michelle says:

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing :)

  46. Meg Bailey Gustafson via FB says:

    as a photographer myself, I was really bummed to not hire a birth photographer, but our last birth was (an amazing!) Hba2c; and I felt like in my journey, I had to be able to just go inward and focus. I didn’t want any extra people there. I think I made a good decision, but THANKFULLY my awesome doula grabbed the camera and camcorder to get catch the actual birth and a little of the labor!! :)

    I <3 the music you chose! Gorgeous photos. Really beautiful.

  47. Thanks, ya’ll! I am so grateful for Lynsey’s capacity for capturing the sacred moments in birth! <3

  48. Merissa Renea via FB says:

    Gosh how beautiful……

  49. OhMy…no words…just thanks for sharing… <3

  50. Beautiful, Heather! You’ve got me in tears (again)!

    I’ll have to show Frank this post as a reason why we should get a birth photographer and/or videographer. I keep sayin’ I’m gonna want one, and he says, “Okay, but I don’t understand why.” ;)

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  52. Julia says:

    More beautiful than words can describe. I am due September 10th with my 1st. (I’m know you relate to some of my feelings about being due around 9/11.)

    In my pretend world, we know each other and are friends. In the real world I am one of your many blog readers who admire the mommypotamus that you are and are grateful for the words you provide one your blog.

    I absolutely loved the song that was playing during the slideshow. I know you answered in one of the previous comments how you no longer have this playlist because the computer crashed. However, I think since that comment was posted you have had babypotamus #3, so I’m hoping your have a labor playlist from that birth that you are willing to share sometime on your blog! ;)

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