Birth Photography?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you Consider Birth Photography?
    Yes, I want to document it all. : (22 votes)
    15 %
    Yes, in fact I had birth photography/have booked birth photography already. : (4 votes)
    3 %
    No way in hell. : (95 votes)
    64 %
    Mmmm chocolate. : (28 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2190 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    A friend of mine is an amazing birth photographer, and while it’s not something I’d do myself – her pictures of the experiences are absolutely stunning. She photographed another friends C Section the other week and the pictures are beautiful. I’d recommend them to anyone who wanted those types of pics done! 

    Post # 4
    Member
    9529 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    No, I don’t think I would consider birth photography. 

    There was a post a couple weeks ago about a birthing video and I made a comment that I was very well put together, but I really hope pro photography/videography doesn’t start invading childbirth. Guess that ship has sailed.

    I find professional photography crazy enough in the wedding world and I don’t really want it intruding into other areas of my life. I feel like professional photography puts undue strain on people to look and act in a beautiful, joyful, no-problems kind of way. And that’s not how most of life  works. I dread  the thought of a mom going into labor and worrying if her birthing photos will be blog-worthy. Shudder.

    So yeah, not for me. But there are plenty of things I don’t understand that other people love. Like cheesecake. Never going to like it. But I’d be happy to pass you a slice.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    3787 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think birth photography, when done well, can be super beautiful. But I don’t plan to do it. I really want to focus on giving birth, being in the moment, and doing something amazing with my DH by my side. I think if I had a photographer there it would make me more self conscious and my labor would be more likely to stall. I’m also kind of a private person though, so it’s only going to be me, DH, and the midwife. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Not for me. I don’t think every moment in life needs to be documented let aloe documented by a professional. To each their own though. I couldn’t justify the cost and I Also wouldn’t want a stranger sharing such a private experience. I don’t even want my mom anywhere near me. That experience is reserved for my husband and I alone. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I’m not a mommy or a mommy-to-be but I can’t fathom wanting a stranger there snapping photos while I’m in excruciating pain, likely shitting all over myself, and cursing out my husband. To each their own though.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    This is a thing now? Wow. No, I wouldn’t do this…but I guess I can see why other people might!

    Post # 9
    Member
    7259 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Having my picture taken was the last thing I wanted during labor and aFter DD was born. I looked ROUGH lol. That being said, I have seen some really beautiful pictures, so if someone is into it, I don’t see a problem with it.

    Post # 10
    Member
    2594 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’d like MAYBE my husband (if he’s not too busy) to take some pictures, because I’m sure I won’t remember a lot of it and would be interested in seeing pictures later. However, these pictures would be for us and maybe our families ONLY, I would never, ever put something so personal like that up for public view! I think “over-sharing” and “over-documenting” and photographing everything in one’s life has gotten completely out of hand. I don’t even want maternity photos done, but a friend of mine is a photographer and specifically asked if she could do mine to add to her portfolio…..even though one time when I was drunk (before I was pregnant, of course) I told her I though they were kinda dumb and attention-seeking. Oops.

    Post # 11
    Member
    8518 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I love birth photography. I think its beautiful, and emotional.

    I dont know if I’d do it myself though, only because I feel strange enough that strangers will be looking at my bits for medical reasons, let alone another stranger there snapping pictures. Theres a photographer here that offers free birth photography, because she’s just starting her business. I think its a great thing to offer.

    Post # 12
    Member
    3360 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think birth photography is beautiful!  In all the examples I’ve seen, the photographer manages to capture the emotion of the experience, the connection between the husband and wife, and the whole atmosphere of such an important life event that I’ve never seen captured in casual photos (most likely because during the really important moments, other people present are not focused on taking pictures).  I’d love to do it, but I don’t think it will be something we’ll end up budgeting for – in the end, I’d rather pay for a doula than a birth photographer.  But if money were no issue, hell yes I’d do it!

    Post # 14
    Member
    2062 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    During the birth of my son, my MIL sneaked a camera into the room. Against my wishes, she filmed the whole bloody thing. I hated her for it.

    Now, I go back and watch (some) that video and cherish that documentation (although I would never admit it to her). I would not hire someone outside of my family to document the birth of my next child. However, I would allow much more photography and even some video (although not to the extent before). I cherish those memories.

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