Last week, I was contacted by Fatima Arkin to be interviewed for an online article about birth photography. Following the New York Times article that was published mid-June, Fatima felt this was a great opportunity to research and bring this genre of photography to the Canadian media. Fatima interviewed a number of photographers, clients, and researchers across Canada to find out exactly why it is a good idea to hire a birth photographer. The one thing she kept hearing over and over again is that “Hiring a professional also cuts down on fatherly duties so dads can be more involved and participate in the birth of their children.” Fatima spoke to my first birth clients, Dawn and Marcello about their experience. This is what Marcello had to say:
Marcello Calvinisti was relieved when his wife, Dawn, suggested bringing in a birth photographer for their third child, Avelina, in August 2011. When he saw the pictures, he shed a tear. And he wasn’t the only one getting emotional. Marcello brought the photos with him when he left his home in the small town of Bolton, Ont., to visit family in Guatemala. “All the women cried,” he says. “I would’ve loved to have a photographer there when my other two were born.”
I feel very honoured to have been included in this wonderful article that I feel paints a truly beautiful light on birth photography. That’s the link to my website from the Maclean’s article. Thank you, Fatima, for linking back to my website. It’s truly appreciated.
Please take a moment to read the article and learn more about this wonderful and unique genre of documentary photography!
If you would like to see more birth photography slide shows, click here: http://www.jennifergilbert.ca/category/birth-photography/