Amy 0846199927 / Tracy 0823573988 info@capetownbirthphotographers.co.za

Month: March 2019

Tell us more about yourself and how you started photography?

Photography has always been a big part of my life. I used to be a full-time optometrist and spent every spare moment of my working day reading about cameras, lenses and light and following my favourite photography blogs & then taking photos on weekends.
I never really 'clicked' that I can do it professionally until one of my close friends commented 'why don't you just start a business?'
The birth of my first daughter fuelled my passion for capturing newborns, babies, kids and families & my business started in full swing!

Why did you become a registered Birth Photographer?

I am pretty sad that I didn't have a birth photographer at either of my daughters' births. If I knew then what I do now, I would've definitely booked one. Back then I didn't even really know it existed.
I am absolutely in love with the genre & have made it the central core of my business.

What is your favourite part of a birth?

Everything! I love capturing the raw unscripted emotions while still looking for beautiful light in a mostly sterile hospital environment.
Witnessing the birth of a baby and a couple becoming parents is so special!

What is your go-to gear for a birth?

I have a Canon 5d Mark 3 and my go-to lenses are my trusted 50mm and a 24-70mm

What would be your biggest suggestions for someone wanting to become a birth photographer?

Always respect the hospital & Dr's rules and protocols.
Become part of a network and ask & learn as much as you can before you go in for your first birth.
Always have your bag ready.
Be prepared to become addicted!

 

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Tell us more about yourself and how you started photography:

When my husband and I struggled with fertility, my son was born via IVF 5 years ago my husband bought me a camera, and each day I would take pictures of my son who now, in fact, loves the camera so much it brings me so much joy. My oldest son was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old, and he loves the camera so much, we are currently signing him up for a model portfolio as he loves having his pictures taken. I believe that he can be anything he wants to be, as long as he is happy and that makes my heart even happier.

Capturing special memories that will last a lifetime is what gives me passion and joy. I wish I could have had more pictures of my grandpa and yet today I only have half of his face as a reminder a small picture of him. At the end of the day no matter how you look or where you are, pictures are so important to the family as its all they will have when you are not around any longer.

Why did you become a registered Birth Photographer?

When I had my oldest son I would have loved to have a birth photographer to capture that memory forever, as the day goes by so quickly and rushed it would have been wonderful to have pictures of how tiny he was and what a miracle he is.

 

What is your favourite part of a birth?

Seeing the parent's faces and tears of joy knowing that it took 9 months for this precious miracle to come into this world and finally meeting this little person that will change your whole world.

What is your go-to gear for a birth?

Canon 5d mk ii 24-70

 

What would be your biggest suggestions for someone wanting to become a birth photographer?

Education is key, and gaining the necessary experience and being confident and knowing what to do in theatre and what not do is key. Being confident in yourself and your work is a valuable asset as a photographer as it shows in your work.

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Tracy is the Co-Founder of Cape Town Birth Photographers Association.

Tell us more about yourself and how you started photography:
Hi, I’m Tracy from Tracy Lopes Photography. I’m the wife of an amazing husband, we have 2 boys (teenager and a 6-year-old) and a German shepherd named Bullet
I bought my first DSLR camera in 2010 and was a hobbyist until our son was born in 2013 and just fell in love with the images we received from our photographer.
I just knew that I wanted to be able to capture these precious moments for other moms and dads.

Why did you become a registered Birth Photographer?
When our son was born in 2013 I had no idea about birth photographers and I so wish I had known.
I have wonderful cell phone pics of this day. But my absolute favourite is the pic of my husband and son bonding with skin on skin.
Unfortunately, this photo is super grainy and of poor cellphone quality. But I am forever grateful to my sister in law for taking it because, without this photo, I would only have been able to image it because I never got to see it in person.

What is your favourite part of a birth?
I absolutely love capturing the love and bond between baby and parents.
The first time mom holds her beautiful baby, capturing skin on skin bonding with dad (a part that mom doesn’t always get to see, but can with photographs)

What is your go-to gear for a birth?
I have a Canon 5dii and a Canon 60d. My lenses are 24-105mm and a 50mm 1.8f

What would be your biggest suggestions for someone wanting to become a birth photographer?
Education. Join us at an informative workshop at Cape Town Birth Photographers Association and learn about all the protocols of birth photography.
There are so many rules to follow to keep yourself, your clients and the hospital protected.
CTBPA is there to educate, support and guide you

Tracy can be found on Instagram @tracylopesphotography and here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracylopesphotography

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⁣Amy is the Co-Founder of Cape Town Birth Photographers Association.

Tell us more about yourself and how you started photography? ⁣
I am Amy - Single Mom to a beautiful 4-Year-old little boy who is my everything. When I was struggling to fall pregnant and on the journey of Infertility, My ex-husband bought me a camera as a distraction from the pain of that journey. I never imagined I would own my very own business and develop it into a professional career. ⁣

Why did you become a registered Birth Photographer?⁣
Well, In short, I love babies and as a past nurse, I loved working in the maternity ward and helping mom deliver their bundles of joy. Since leaving the nursing field a good few years ago I missed watching those special moments, so being a birth photographer allowed me to still be part of that moment but in a different and unique way. ⁣

What is your favourite part of a birth?⁣
The partners and Dads - watching them as they go through the process with their big eyes, tears and in awe of the women that brought that precious baby into the world. ⁣

What is your go-to gear for a birth?⁣
My good old @Canon 5d Mark ii - 50mm F1.4 and 16 -35 F2.8⁣

What would be your biggest suggestions for someone wanting to become a birth photographer?⁣
Education, education, education. There are so many protocols and health risks involved during a birth, as a witness of this precious moment you don't want to pose any risks to the hospitals and or mothers during this time. Educate yourself on the dos and don’ts at the Workshops @ctbirthphotographers holds to be confident in the moments at a birth. ⁣

 

Amy can be found on Instagram @photographytoremembersa and here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhotographyToRemember and has her own youtube channel called Photography To Remember. ⁣

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