Thank you for all the opinions and posts! I plan to respond to some people individually after work but wanted to pop back in with a quick post!
First, I am kind of surprised about the perception a lot of people have about birth photography! Granted, I didn’t really know about it until my cousin had them done and may have thought it was a little “weird” or “intrusive” too.
I think any good photographer will stay out of the way and fade into the background while getting photos (just like a good wedding photographer). I also see them as a professional so wouldn’t feel weird about having them at the birth. I’m sure they are focused on getting good photos and won’t be phased at all by naked body parts. I think I’m also really desensitized to people seeing my private bits after all of the tests, procedures, and checks I have had through our infertility journey! No shame here! But I absolutely understand how some people wouldn’t be comfortable with this.
I also don’t really understand the whole “staged” bit. I think the only staged photos would be family photos after the birth. I don’t know how a staged photo would look during the actual birthing process but it cracks me up to think about it. “Wait… I missed the crowning… push the head back in a bit so we can try it again. Great… now recreate that grimace… a little more eyebrow flexing…. nurse could you push the hair out of her face? Great now hold that while I get the shot from the other side of the room…” hahaha!
I really want the photography because I feel like this is such an accomplishment for us after 3 years and so much infertility struggle! It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. It feels like we finally are getting our dream and greatest wish. It is surreal. I know it will be the greatest moment of our lives so far, and I want to be able to cherish and relive that emotion forever! I also want us both to be fully in the moment, hence having s third party take the pictures.
I guess better questions to ask would have been:
1. If you had birthing photography, was it worth it? Was the experience what you expected?
2. If you had a non-professional (nurse, etc) take the pictures, were you satisfied with those? Do you wish you had had a pro?
3. If you didn’t have birth pictures, did you regret it?
My photographer friend is gifting us newborn photos, and I just asked her for recommendations for photographer friends she knows that do birthing photography. She said she may be interested in giving it a try actually, so that may work out! And would probably be less expensive!
We have a dslr camera that I love and I often take photos of babies of friends and relatives as gifts. I’m no pro but they turn out pretty well! I’m confident I can take photos of our baby for 1st year photos, etc. Here are some I took of my precious niece for her first birthday!:
Thank you ladies for your support and responses! I hope you are all having a good Monday!