BPA member Rebecca Colefax, based in Noosa, recently featured in an article in the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper. Health reporter Nicole Fuge writes:
Birth of a new style of family photography
“BREATHE, breathe, now push, I can see the head. Don’t forget to smile.”
Years ago, birth photography would have been considered taboo, but documenting that precious moment of welcoming a newborn into the world has become more common over the last six months, with photographers becoming a part of the theatre room furniture.
Sunshine Coast Private Hospital obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr James Orford said while photographing or videoing a birth wasn’t new, allowing a professional to capture the special moment was, as it was traditionally done by the father or a family member. Dr Orford said he was welcome to the idea and from the recent experiences he’d had with birth photographers, found them to be “pretty unobtrusive people”. “They’re not taking over the situation, they’re out of the way,” he said. “For the first couple, I thought they were support people (for the mother-to-be), they had a really good relationship with the woman.”
Dr Orford has worked alongside Noosa photographer Rebecca Colefax, who said she had experienced an increase in the number of parents interested in birth photography. “It comes down to a couple of things, it’s being promoted now and the other reason is women are increasingly becoming more confident with their choices,” she said. “Birth photography isn’t for everybody, but it can be an amazing part of somebody’s life.
Read the rest of the article on Rebecca’s website.