Post # 1
I am curious about your thoughts on birth photography. If you aren’t familiar with this new trend a photographer comes in usually when you are dialated to about 4 cm and stays throughout the birthing process. She then captures photos for about 45 min to an hour post delivery. If you happen to have a c-section she photographs up until the point where she must leave and then as soon as she is allowed to return to the room her photography resumes.
I know it may sound strange, obnoxious or over the top and I used to think this as well until I started to see examples. Needless to say I am strongly considering this. The photos are just so amazing and moving.
Here are some samples that I found:
Curious if any other mommies are considering it? Why yes? Why no? Have any mommies hired a birth photograher and have photos to share?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
This is a thing now? Wow. No, I wouldn’t do this…but I guess I can see why other people might!
Post # 9
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
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
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
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 # 13
@JenGirl: I think if you actually look into birthing photography you will see that most are not beautiful in the typical sense. You can tell the women are straining and working at what they are doing. In some cases the photographer focuses purely on the baby itself and various elements without focusing on direct photos of the mother.
At least in my case the personal beauty aspect isn’t important and this is conveyed in most photos I have seen.
@MrsWBS: Yeah I feel this way as well. That would be the hardest part about having a birth photographer. Most I have talked to say that they try to blend into the background without being seen but yeah I’m pretty sure I would know they were there.
@MrsAKSkier: I don’t see anything wrong with overdocumenting things that are that meaningful. I also don’t think that everything we document has to be publicly shared. Most people I know that have taken birth photography did not share their photos publicly and the only reason I know they had it done was they told me. In fact two of the photographers that I am looking into don’t even share their galleries online, only a few images to private individuals that are considering booking her.
@Aquaria: Hmmm that is a good point. Didn’t think of that actually. DH isn’t in to it either. Maybe we will pass, I certainly don’t want to capture me shitting myself. 😉
Post # 14
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.
Post # 15
@aliavenue: That is awesome! What about a photographer that comes to the hospital within 24 hours of the baby being born? Would you want something like that? So we take out the gruesome birth photos and just focus on after.
Post # 16
@Treejewel19: Absolutely! In fact, maybe even a bit sooner. I have one photo saved on Pinterest. I have it saved as something I would like to have for myself. I’ll share it here because it skips the yucky part and gets right to the awesome stuff