(Closed) Proessional Photographer for Birth-weird or no?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Agreed. I wouldn’t even want my mum there let alone a complete stranger, with a frikken camera! Eeew.

has someone done this?

Post # 4
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

WOW yeah this would not be for me. To each their own I suppose, but me personally… I don’t even want the man I’m marrying looking at my childbirthing business! He can stand by me and hear me shriek into his ear and crunch bones in his hand while all that nonsense is going on below.

Post # 5
9118 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I understand the point in documenting a beautiful part of life, but… the best thing is, birth is not beautiful. I’d never have a photographer at a birth.

Post # 6
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Not my cup of tea. Last thing I wanted was someone snapping photos of me pushing a watermelon our of a lemon sized hole lol.. Probably wasn’t my most appealing moment.

Post # 7
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve seen it done beautifully (i.e no graphic shots) but I don’t think I would have been okay with it…I was a hot mess during my L&D, lol. 

And anyway I know a lot of hospitals (mine included) don’t allow photos or video to be taken during L&D, only after (well they might have let us do it during labor, but definitely not delivery–my Father-In-Law took a photo of the contraction moniter, lol). 

Post # 8
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’ve seen it done really well, but I still think it’s weird… for some reason, I feel like it’s less weird with home births, btu still…

the photographers can come after the baby is born.

Post # 9
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

This came up on the bee just a couple weeks ago.  I think people have become a bit obsessed with professional documentation of every thing under the sun.  I’m with you on a newborn session.  I would not want a professional photographer in the delivery room. 

The thread from a couple weeks ago: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/photographer-at-babys-birth

Post # 10
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

my co-worker’s SIL is a professional photographer so she had her take pictures of the baby once LO was already out and on the warmer. that i could understand. they took cute pictures with the baby’s weight and dad holding the baby for the first time, etc. 

but not all people view births as a private or intimate event. i’ve been to WAY too many deliveries where it feels like there is a freaking block party in the room and someone has a video camera all up in there. too much.

Post # 11
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

ew, no thanks!

Post # 12
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Bump pics and newborn studio sessions are one thing, birth photos?  Just ewwwwwww!!!!!!!

Post # 13
2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Totally gross and weird.

Post # 14
1770 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Agreed, it’s very weird.

Post # 15
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

No no no!  A bee had a birth photographer and it was AMAZING.  It was so beautiful, touching, and tastefully done.  I imagine it depends on who you are working with- but this photographer captured all of the emotions and nothing you would not want to see at all!  I would love it with the right photographer.  The pictures were seriously beautiful.

Post # 16
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I’d post the link to the birth I photographed here but it would probably violate the self promotion rules, but if you want to see a birth documented you can go to my website and look up “Kate.”  To be honest I think some of you are pretty judgmental about this. I don’t do maternity photos, newborns, or really even kids.  But a birth is a pretty intense event, and telling the story of it in a beautiful way is a noble thing.  It’s not weird.  It’s not a photographer standing over the shoulder of the doctor photographing close-ups.  It’s not about bodily fluids or portraying your subjects in a negative way.  It’s all about the emotion and being there to capture moments in an artistic manner.  Beats people doing it with point and shoots and iPhones which absolutely will happen if a real photographer isn’t there.  If people want to document something in their lives who cares?

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