Post # 1
ive toyed with the idea of a newborn photoshoot since i got pregnant, but photographers in my area are SO expensive. I dropped the idea for awhile, cause im frugal at heart and couldnt justify spending $600-$800 dollars on photos. But my mother recently is insistent that ill regret not doing them, and since i didnt do maternity photos either (which she also says ill regret one day..) that i should at least do some professional baby photos.
At this point im 4 weeks out from my due date, so it might be to late to book a newborn photographer now, but maybe thinking a 3 month old shoot or something along those lines could be nice.
but for bees who may have skipped over doing photos, do you regret it now? especially if you didnt do a maternity shoot.
Post # 2
We didn’t do it, and the only thing that I would’ve liked to really have are pictures in the hospital of us as a family of three. All my relatives were out of town, so there really wasn’t anyone around to take family photos. I do have some I took and some my husband took, but none of us together. Would’ve been nice to have more memories of the event. We took millions of photos ourselves when our son was home, and invested in a nice camera to do so. I think that made more sense than one professional session, because we now have nice quality photos of all sorts of points in time. The whole burrito’d baby with some floofy thing on their head or sleeping in a basket is not ma thing though.
Post # 3
Kslim13 : I didn’t do it and I don’t regret it. I still have nice photos of her that we/family/friends took and I was in NO position to try and deal with that after giving birth. For the first several weeks I was just trying to figure out how to keep everyone relatively clean and fed – anything beyond that was expendable. Plus frankly they all look the same – nothing about newborn shoots feels personal to me. The photos of me breastfeeding while a 90 pound dog is also trying to find space on my lap while also shoving food in my face is far more realistic (and hilarious) than my baby being burritoed up with a giant bow on her head.
Post # 4
Nope no regrets not having maternity or newborn shoot. Waste of money in my opinion.
We took lots of our own photos and that was enough.
We haven’t done maternity photos this time and won’t do a newborn shoot either.
Post # 5
I am due in April and have been going back and forth with this. It is a lot of money to spend during a time that you often don’t have as much money. I am planning on getting the hospital photos done and then plan for Darling Husband and I to try and take some photos. Does your hospital offer one of those short sessions? I am hoping we can get some family photos done when she gets a little older and we are all back to work. I also keep wondering if I will regret it.
Post # 6
i think whats most frustrating is that my older sister does all the fancy shmancy photo shoots living out in san francisco, but she also has a good friend who is a professional photographer, that im SURE is giving her a discounted price. My mom has also harped on why me and Darling Husband never do holiday photos, like my sister and her husband and now with the pregnancy….
We dont make as much, and we obviously dont have friends with connections, i cant understand why my high maintance mother cant grasp that concept still… ugh
i just want to make it through these last 4 weeks as stress free as possible.
Post # 7
We didn’t do one and so far I don’t regret it. Baby is only 2 months old though so I guess there is still time for regrets to pop up! But I have taken hundreds of my own photos, documenting her life from day 1 and for me that’s good enough. Didn’t do a maternity shoot either and also no regrets there.
Honestly, I have never been big on professoinal photos. I only got around to printing our wedding photos a few weeks ago (1.5 yrs after our wedding)…it’s just not something that is super important to me. I like having photographs of important moments but I don’t need those photos to be super high quality pro photos if that makes sense? But if the idea of really nice, professional photos of your baby seems worth it to you, then I would spend the money and not feel bad.
Post # 8
I know places like Zehr’s And Walmart do them if you just want the nestled little sleeping baby pics! Inexpensive, and I don’t feel like the quality looks much different.
Post # 9
I did do them and feel that I would have regretted not having them.
We do have lots of photos from when she was a baby of course, but ones with all 3 of us in them and where I’m not looking a hot mess are few and far between.
Maybe you could just find a place that will do a “family” shoot and not so much the cutesy posted newborn pictures? Those I probably could have done without, but I do love the ones with us actually in them.
I feel like newborn photographers charge a lot because they do take a long time to pose and set up, and not everyone wants to work with a baby.
Post # 10
tiffanybruiser : the only ones ive seriously considered and still do is doing like a 6 month old shoot, ive always really loved the pro pics ive seen friends do of those, plus at 6 months i feel like they have a little more personality, and the price is a whole lot more affordable to me.
i dont regret not doing maternity ones, im not a photogenic person and to be honest i dont have some majestic looking bump, i didnt get that big for my first pregnancy tbh. I do look pregnant i guess, but if you didnt look long enough i just kinda have an overweight look more then a pregnant look….
Post # 11
Nope. No regrets. I have a gazillion baby pictures as it is, good ones, too. And for that money, I could pay for a lot of more worthwhile things. Like toys, cute clothes to take baby pictures in, several months’ supply of diapers, and something nice to treat myself while I’m stuck at home with a newborn 🙂
Post # 12
Kslim13 : I don’t regret it even a little. I hate those types of photos. My only complaint is that my husband sent the family pics too quickly (born just before midnight) and there was an accidental nipple. I don’t think anyone else noticed though and he knows to pay better attention now. Beyond that, we were perfectly capable of taking our own, realistic photos instead of plunking him down naked in fur like a porno (I kid, most newborn pics aren’t horrid, just not my taste)
Post # 13
Didn’t do it the last time, no regrets, and won’t be doing it this time either. We’ll take our own pics at our convenience.
Post # 14
I would do later pics when the baby actually looks more like a person and can smile, etc. so that you can get cute family photos together. I’m personally not a fan of newborn pics- so many of them look so artificial with the poor sleeping baby posed so awkwardly, with their legs manipulated and all wrapped up.
I’m due end of July and planning on waiting a few months for some good Christmas card pictures.
Post # 15
Kslim13 : I did do NB photographs and I would totally regret not having them. They are worth it to me. I’m having another baby in the summer and our budget is MUCH tighter now, but the idea of not having them makes me very sad so I’m asking for cash for my bday in April and Mother’s Day in May and hopefully can make it work.