Lyndsay Stradtner is an award winning photographer in Austin, Texas. She is happily married to the love of her life and they cherish three beautiful children together. You can view her work here: birth website | portrait website | blog
WHY I CREATED THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE
There are very few events in life as wonderful as the birth of new baby. It’s no wonder there is a growing trend to take a photographer along on the amazing journey of labor and delivery. Are you interested in Birth Photography? Not sure where to start? Or have you already photographed a birth and want to iron out the details with a more efficient workflow? Maybe you’re an expert and just looking for a place to network with some of the best birth photographers around. If so, this is the place for you.
My name is Lyndsay Stradtner of Life in Motion Photography and I started this mentoring program because I see a lot of talented photographers wanting to break into birth photography and they just aren’t sure where to start. I’ve received a great number of requests from photographers regarding birth photography over the years, but I was unable to take on such a large number of people to mentor (and maintain a healthy family life and growing portrait business). It wasn’t long after photographing my first birth that I realized something very important, people have strong opinions about sharing labor and delivery with a photographer. There are those on both sides of the fence and it is always enlightening to hear why people would or would not have the birth of their child photographed. Reading responses of “I would never do that” or “No way!!” motivates me to change the stigma of what people think birth photography is all about. It also humbles me to know that birth photography is not for everyone, some people are not open to sharing such an intimate experience. And that is OK. But for those that are open to it, for those that never want to forget, a good birth photographer is invaluable. I believe every birth experience should be respected. Birth photographers are becoming more and more popular, and many go in unprepared. The expecting parents who choose to invite a photographer along deserve to have their birth experience captured with integrity and professionalism. Watching a new life come in to this world, that first breath, that irreplaceable first moment when a woman becomes a mother, a man becomes a father and together they become a family….is an honor.
I spent over a year writing the guide and I sought out the best in the business to get their perspective and feedback. My hope is that this program is helpful to you, and ultimately, to the families that hire you.