I am looking for a text that focuses specifically on birth photography. I have not yet been able to find any such example. If an entire book on the subject is not available I would also be interested in a text that has at least a large section of it's contents dedicated to this type of photography.

By birth photography I mean the documentation of the birth in a hospital or home environment from the babies first breaths to the parents first interactions. I have found plenty of texts that describe "Newborn Photography" which usually occurs from days 3-14 of the babies life and beyond.


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I think this may be too specialized a topic to have entire major-publisher books dedicated to it. Hate to sound all LMGTFY, but as I said in my earlier comment, just googling on "photographing childbirth" produces a great many links, FAQs, professional birth photographer websites, etc., and is how I found the following self-published book on Blurb:

The Birth Photographer's Handbook

From the "About this book":

This handbook is designed for aspiring and professional photographers wanting to learn more about birth photography....

Would not suggest googling or Amazon-searching on "birth photography", since there are apparently a LOT of books with "The birth of photography" in the title/description. :D

  • Yes I have done a great deal of googling on the subject as well. Unfortunately those results as well as the FAQ you have linked to are either extremely light on content(blogs that try to sell services) or are focused on the business itself(which I am not interested in).
    – dpollitt
    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:22
  • As for the "handbook", once I got past the excessive cost they are asking for it, I previewed 19 pages and was lets just say, unimpressed. At any rate thank you for your answer and assistance. Unfortunately I think it is a difficult topic to google and not get mixed results as you pointed out, and it also seems to be a topic not very well covered in general.
    – dpollitt
    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:25
  • Yeah. This is why I was staying in the comments. Self-published books tend to be...variable in quality of content. And yes, that FAQ is about turning pro, but also mentions working in low light and confined spaces and being ready 24/7. That it's event photography. These are good facts to start to imagine your way into the mindset needed if you're coming from ground zero, and examples on the pro sites can start you thinking about composition ideas.
    – inkista
    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:29
  • I have to agree with you. I think all I will have to work with is the bits and pieces from these websites(along with other non birth photography related knowledge and texts). Thanks for the help.
    – dpollitt
    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:32
  • Maybe it's up to you to write the book. :) There's clearly a lack of competition!
    – inkista
    Jul 11, 2014 at 18:02

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