(Closed) Birth photography–would you do it?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you hire a photographer to take pictures of your child's birth?
    Sure, it's beautiful and natural, and just as important as our wedding! : (34 votes)
    19 %
    No thanks, would rather keep that private : (139 votes)
    78 %
    Other (comments below) : (5 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’m on the fence about this one. 

    Post # 4
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    3583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @MrsElopement:  Ditto but I chose ‘keep it private’.  I dunno, people video births and that makes me queasy.  I can see a couple of pics during the first holding, feeding, etc, but I don’t need professional photography of my VADGE while I am pushing out a human.  At this point, I feel like the narcissism of this era is going a little far.  But maybe its just me.

    Post # 5
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    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We had planned on doing birthing photography but in the end it fell through…. One Photographer recently took a new position so they were oot and another was sick with a stomach bug. 9 weeks post partum and I’m still sad we weren’t able to get it. If there’s a next time it’s definitely a must.

    Post # 6
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    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’m with WillyNilly… first holding/feeding, weigh in, and stuff of that nature.  But the entire process, ummm… I wouldn’t want to see it, let alone pay someone to remind me of how horrible I looked pushing for 10 seconds.

    Post # 7
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    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t really want to see it, I don’t even want my husband “down there” during the birth process, let alone a photographer. And my hospital doesn’t allow photos/video during birth anyway. (Photos are allowed before pushing begins, and after the baby is born, but not during pushing and birth.)

    One of my co-workers has pictures of the actual birth, her son is 17 and she says she hasn’t looked at them since, but would feel bad throwing them out. She told me the pictures have just been in her safe for years, she doesn’t have a desire to look at them, and it’s not like you’re going to show them to anybody else either.

    Post # 8
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    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I voted other.  

    I think it can be beautiful and is a very important time in a couple’s life and I love seeing other peoples’…

    ….but what the heck would I do with them?!  We’re 2.5 years out from the wedding and I still haven’t made an album or hung a wedding pic on the wall!  I highly doubt I would ever manage a photo album with birth photos.  This little one is going to be lucky to have a standard baby book!

    Post # 9
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    501 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2023

    I am just hoping and praying that this isn’t going to become the norm. Because if I see ONE photo of a tiny human bursting out of a vagina on my facebook newsfeed, I’m going to have to use bleach on my eyes.

    I think that this has a lot to do with the parents, and nothing to do with the child. Who really wants the baby photos to be brought out when you bring your first gf/bf home anyway, not to mention for your mum suddenly slapping down a photo of you crowning out of her?

    There’s a weird voyerism thing going on these days, and people are feeling the need to see and show more of the things that should be kept private.

    Post # 10
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    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Hell to the no.

    Post # 11
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    1077 posts
    Bumble bee

    The article does say that crowning photos are really only taken at the request of the Mother, so I really hope people have the good sense not to post them on fb!

    I would think that birth photography was weird, but after seeing a couple of bees post photos I think it’s actually really nice. I want my SO to be focused on me when I do end up giving birth, not the camera! Having someone there to capture the moments would be great, but I’m curious how the photographers deal with really long labors. It must get really pricey to have someone there all day shooting. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Nope I imagine i would not look very good in the pics and probably always feel bad about myself when I looked at them, plus no one else really wants to see pictures of you writhing in pain.

    Post # 13
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    2459 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    @Nellop:  Your comment made me lol!

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Nellop:  LOL @ “if I see ONE photo of a tiny human bursting out of a vagina on my facebook newsfeed”  I swear to Buddha, I will shoot Zuckerberg myself if this is allowable.

    Post # 15
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    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I couldn’t do it!  The only person I’m going to want in there when the time comes is my husband, and the necessary amount of doctors/nurses for a safe delivery lol.  A photographer would just be one extra person to feel my wrath…hm..on second thought, that might be nice! hahahah

     

    Post # 16
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    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Not my thing. For starters, I couldn’t justify the cost. The article said one photog started at close to $2k. That’s more than we paid for our wedding pictures. It seems like that money could be better spent in other ways like going towards his/her nursery or college fund. Beyond just that, I wouldn’t want a non-essential stranger in the room when I’m going to hell and back in some pretty compromising positions. That’s not something that I would even want documented. I guess if I had a close friend with the ability to take awesome photos (which I actually do) then I would consider it but I wouldn’t pay an outsider to be there during this very intimate time in our lives.

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