For bees who didnt do a newborn photoshoot, do you regret it?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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Kslim13 :  Your mom sounds frustrating.  I would probably say something snarky and recommend that she gifts us the photographer, but I have had very thin patience this pregnancy.

Post # 17
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It sounds like it’s more important to your mom than it is to you. If that’s the case, perhaps she can buy a session with a newborn photographer for you as a gift. If you do really want it, maybe there’s a Groupon in your area? I probably wouldn’t do it, but I’d insist my husband get some good pics when the baby is born and then ask a friend to take some of us as a family when we’re home and feeling more put-together (like, a couple months in).

Post # 18
7189 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

We didn’t. I don’t regret it. We still have thousands of photos of our son (from babyhood and on). My husband takes great photos so we did get some really nice ones but we didn’t spend money on photos and they haven’t been missed.

We also didn’t spend money on announcement cards. I felt a couple twinges when I had friends do it (while our son was still a baby), but even that is just more paper waste to throw away, after a while.

Post # 19
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

Skipped it. Couldn’t afford to spend on it. Don’t regret it a ton though because I have taken so many cute ones with my phone. I liked one so much of my husband and daughter I printed and framed it.

Post # 20
749 posts
Busy bee

I didn’t do either newborn or maternity… And I have a professional photographer friend who would have done them for free.

I regret nothing. I really really don’t think I will ever regret not doing them. 

You will get plenty of cute pictures yourself without having to fork out the money, or have the stress of it.

Sounds like they’re more important to your mum to be honest

Post # 21
26 posts

Maybe an unpopular opinion but I think you will regret not getting decent photos of your newborn, or at least within the first month. Maybe it doesnt have to be a full on hoity toity SF Bay Area newborn shoot, but I definitely think you should get some professional photos. I think you should also have a friend go out with you to take some nice maternity photos if this is your first baby. You want to capture your beauty and how you felt awaiting the arrival of your first!

Maybe your mom can gift it to you since she is pushing it so much.

Post # 22
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Dude just ask anyone who has a top-of-the-line phone…the new cameras are crazy. My friend did her own newborn “photoshoot” with her iPhone X and the images look better than professional!

Post # 23
15287 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Did them and so glad we did.  But not for all the posey newborn pics (which I do like too), but for the pics of us with baby and family.  I’m relieved I booked it to make sure we took the time to get those pics cause we were other wise way too tired and just trying to survive so pics werent really at the top of the list at home.  When I looked back at the million pics I did take, that was the thing, *I* took them of my baby and the only ones I really have of me and him as a teeny tiny newborn were the pro ones.  

I think pretty much which ever way you go, you will be ok with it.  People who didn’t choose to do it, didnt’ really care for it, probably had intentions to take lots of their own, and wont regret not doing it.  People who did do it, wanted it, and wouldn’t really ever regret having those pictures either.

Post # 24
578 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

We did family shots with our newborn. They were taken at our home, on our couch and not cutesy. I don’t know anyone that could have taken photos as good as these, but maybe you do?

Post # 25
1320 posts
Bumble bee

The hospital I delivered at did new born photos for free, you only paid for the prints you wanted if you wanted any at all. Did you check to see if your hospital offers that? 

Post # 26
111 posts
Blushing bee

We did not do newborn photos and I don’t regret it. I’m of the opinion that they all look the same. The only professional pics that I might have wanted would’ve been of the three of us but I had a significant postpartum hemorrhage and opted not to do a transfusion when I should’ve. Soooo I was extremely weak and pale and looking back on the photos we do have, I look like hell warmed over so no, I don’t regret it at all, lol! We did professional photos at one year and plan to do them annually. At a year old, the pics show DS’s cute expressions and personality and those were completely worth it, in my opinion.

Post # 27
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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Kslim13 :  newborn shoots where I live are very pricey too, but I shopped around and found a studio that did a mini newborn shoot for around $250. This only included 5 pics but 5 is enough really. Maybe see if any of your studios do a mini shoot as a compromise? I loved our pictures – we did enlargements for grandparents for Xmas and he looks SO sweet. It was our first outing as a new family and a special time/memory for us. 

Also, my sister organised my baby shower and asked people to contribute $20 to my newborn shoot rather than buy a gift. Some people did and some didn’t but it helped to make the cost more manageable. 

Post # 28
327 posts
Helper bee

We did not take newborn pics…. or any professional photos as a family besides our wedding photos (oops).  Our daughter is 15 months old.  We have plenty of nice pictures of her and us that we had printed for frames and on canvases.  I had a C-section and while I didn’t have a difficult recovery, I walked around my condo half naked for a good two weeks and probably showered like twice.  There was nooooo way I was getting dressed and taking pictures. Nope nope nope.  I’m always amazed when I see the “lifestyle pics” or whatever they’re called where the baby is with the parents on the bed and the new mom is all made up and dressed…. awesome for her but I’m lucky if I get dressed even now haha. Long story short – don’t have them, don’t regret it. 

Post # 29
763 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Newborn pics and maternity shoots really weren’t a thing when I had my daughter. I mean of course they existed but it wasn’t big like it is now. And I don’t mind that at all. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything. 

Post # 30
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017 - France

I didn’t do one and I don’t regret it. I have a personal attachment to my son’s pictures because I took them myself or my family took them. I have pictures of us in the hospital as well as pictures of him in a hat one of my cousins knitted for him.

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