(Closed) Birth Photography?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you Consider Birth Photography?

    Yes, I want to document it all.

    Yes, in fact I had birth photography/have booked birth photography already.

    No way in hell.

    Mmmm chocolate.

  • Post # 32
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

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    @kate02121:  Thanks doll!  Looking back at my own photos, I realize I was looking rough, but I also can see how much love and support I had around me.  

    Oh, and they definitely don’t take photos UP your va-jay-jay or of you pooping or whatever.  Sure, there might have been some photos in the final batch that are NSFW, but nobody will ever see those!

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    A friend of mine that also did our engagement and wedding photos does birth photography. She says these are actually her favorite photo shoots because of the emotion and beauty. (She’s also a mom of 4!). Her photos are beautiful and so well done, but I can’t imagine I’d want a camera up around my lady bits when I’m trying to push out a little bambino! I think it’d be really cool to have the photos, but I doubt I’d be comfortable with it in the middle of everything.

     

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    @Treejewel19:  I would however, be totally ok with her coming immediately after birth. Or if she was there right before baby was born and came in directly after. That might be ok.

    Post # 34
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

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    @DaneLady:  Totally. I don’t think they’re gross or anything at all, and I would not be concerned about how I look in them because that’s not what giving birth is about. I just can’t imagine letting the general public or, like, my high school classmates in on such an intimate, vulnerable experience for my family. 

    But I am a very private person anyway.

    Post # 36
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

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    @Treejewel19:  Something else to consider as well- if you’re hiring a doula they usually will offer to take photos as well.  They may not be professional in quality, but you will still be able to capture those very first moments as a new family.  My doulas said that in addition to being a labor support for myself and my husband, photos is something they do.  

    Post # 37
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Nope, not a chance. I have photos of when DS was born that I NEVER look at. Like ever. Why do I want to look at myself looking like hell warmed over and DS looking like a seriously ticked off cherry tomato? Clearly I am not photogenic in that state of being, so it would be a total waste of money for me.

    Post # 38
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t think I would pay a professional to do it, but my parents have some black and white shots of my brother’s birth (a scheduled c-section) that my dad and whoever else was there took, and they’re pretty neat.

    I was an emergency c-section so no cute photography there, but hey, also proof that you can have a happy childhood and bonding experience without photos of your birth (and as first grandkid on both sides I was *extremely* well-documented from that point forward).

    Post # 39
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @Treejewel19:  Yeah, what
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    @DaneLady:  said! My doula did some photos for us. They aren’t as nice as the pro shots, but some moments were still recorded. Of course your doula will be busy supporting you through the labor, so she’s not going to be able to get as many shots as a photographer will.

    I still don’t think i’d like a dedicated birth photographer, but the images people have shared here are really wonderful.

    Post # 40
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I really want to have a birth photographer, but I have had no luck finding anyone in my area that does photography during birth for a reasonable price. Most photographers that I have found tend to do hospital births, which is great for most people but might not work so well for me in home-style birth center.

    Post # 42
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I won’t even click on the links because this sort of stuff makes me faint lol.

    With that said, I am NOT looking forward to giving birth, and the last thing I want is someone to see me in that state, let alone snapping photos. That’s like close to my worst nightmare.

    Especially with your first kid, you have no idea what the pain will be like or how you will react. Why would you want a stranger there taking photos?!

    Those are not photos I’d want to look back on. Why re-live something so painful? You get the end product (your baby) lol isn’t that good enough?

    I’m all for taking a few pics of the newborn, but not professional photos. And only after mom is feeling better!

    Post # 43
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    A good friend of mine is a doula and she does birth photography as part of her “package” she also does pregnancy and newborn shoots as well. 

    This is her site, some of her stuff is really amazing! http://sophiabirth.com/

    Post # 44
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

    Absolutely! I’m a photographer and as a result I often have photos of most big life moment but without me in them. This time, I’m hiring someone to document me for a change (haha) … I’m not modest and I don’t care how I look. We’re probably only going to do this once, and I KNOW I’ll be too high on endorphins to remember much myself.

    Post # 45
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    Bee Keeper

    Most definetly not! I dont even want a picture at all of myself in the hospital. They can take a picture of the baby all they want but not of me! I don’t think I want to remember myself like that…My mom is notorious for taking WAY to many pictures and I’m going to make it clear that she not take any pictures of me (even after the birth she won even be in the room for the birth) when that day comes or I will be super angry

    Post # 46
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I think it’s great if a woman has enough courage and confidence to do something like this.  I, however, am not one of those women.  No one wants to see me as a hot mess.  😉

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