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#1 EBmel

Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:54 PM

We've just posted an article on a new trend: having a professional photographer take photos of your labour/baby's birth.
www.essentialbaby.com.au/birth/birth-options/birth-of-a-new-art-form-professional-labour-photos-20120619-20lck.html

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"I want to see that moment when I'm in labour," said Rhisie Hentges, who paid $1895  to a photographer document the birth of   her first child.  (As it happened, she had a Caesarean section and the   photographer wasn't allowed in the operating room, although she got many   artful shots  before and after.)

We've got a poll at the end of the article for you to have your say, but what do you think - are happy snaps taken by your partner enough, or would you prefer professional photos of the big day?

#2 eachschoolholidays

Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:58 PM

Definitely not for me...  Would much prefer a professional shoot a week later when everyone is looking slighty cleaner...

#3 Teeny Bopper

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:08 PM

As much as I love artsy photography, for me, it is neither the time nor the place for that kind of thing. I don't want any cameras in the delivery suite at all. We have a whole lifetime to capture photographs together, do we really need to start when we're covered in blood, sweat, tears and goodness knows what else??



#4 PrincessPeach

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:15 PM

I have not had any children yet, however it's not something i would be doing when we get there.

#5 briandrea

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:20 PM

Yes! We had our second child's birth photographed by a professional photographer. Being a photographer myself and a birth educator meant capturing those moments was incredibly important to me. The slideshow is in my sig if anyone cares to have a look. It is all tasteful and the photos from the day are the most precious photographs I own.

#6 Imaginary friend

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:23 PM

No - not something  I would want to do and not something  I would want to spend nearly $2000 on doing.

#7 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:26 PM

I wouldn't have a professional there no, but my DH did take some photos. I wouldn't view it as a wise way to spend $2000.

#8 peking homunculus

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:26 PM

This is a story about an American photographer and an American trend. How relevant is it?

When I was travelling, I met a bloke who worked for 9 monhs of the year and travelled for 3 months. Everyone else had their cameras out every day and was busy snapping all the time. He had no camera. I asked him about it and he told me that he lost his camera on the trip and discovered that without it, he remembered more of the trip and the things he saw.

At the time I was intrigued, but I actually think he had a point. I have given birth three times and have no photos to show of the process. I didn't want any. But I have a very clear picture in my mind of what I went through and how I felt. I feel having a photo would modify my memory and make it more visual and less emotional.

#9 Stellajoy

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:27 PM

I think if you have the money go for it.

This is one of the most amazing ones i have seen

be aware the video will make you cry.

http://www.youcantbeserious.com.au/blog/20...rbirth-of-theo/

#10 briandrea

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:28 PM

I just wanted to add that I paid much less than $2000 (would certainly not have been able to afford that!!) and had all 80 photos printed for me professionally plus the slideshow.

#11 Futureself

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:29 PM

I wouldn't do professional ones but plan for DH to have the camera there.

#12 Lagom

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:38 PM

QUOTE (Stellajoy @ 19/06/2012, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think if you have the money go for it.

This is one of the most amazing ones i have seen

be aware the video will make you cry.

http://www.youcantbeserious.com.au/blog/20...rbirth-of-theo/


Beautiful.

Now I have to go and do the kinder pick up with red eyes!

If I had the money I would do it for sure.  I don't have many pics of my labour/births as DH wanted to be in the moment and supporting me (of course!). I wish I had more.

#13 Baggy

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:42 PM

I didn't get any done - DP never got around to taking any either (too caught up in everything I suppose)

But I have seen some beautiful photographs and if I had my time over I would definitely get some done original.gif

Edited by Baggy, 19 June 2012 - 02:43 PM.


#14 la di dah

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:42 PM

I would like to keep a huge electro-magnet by the bed for the express purpose of defying cameras of all types.

Why isn't that an option in the polls?

#15 peking homunculus

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:46 PM

QUOTE (Stellajoy @ 19/06/2012, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think if you have the money go for it.

This is one of the most amazing ones i have seen

be aware the video will make you cry.

http://www.youcantbeserious.com.au/blog/20...rbirth-of-theo/


Didn't make me cry. It made birth look like a TV show, not real life. There was no colour, there was a "soundtrack", there was no blood and goop. A sterilised, sanitised version of birth.

But I'm an unemotional b**ch so what do I know!


#16 Stellajoy

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:53 PM

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Didn't make me cry. It made birth look like a TV show, not real life. There was no colour, there was a "soundtrack", there was no blood and goop. A sterilised, sanitised version of birth.


Isn't that kind of the point though? the same as wedding photographers. You pay them to make you look good, and to create nice "memories" of the day. Who wants 'reality' shots of their wedding day? a nice photo of you sweating while struggling into your dress or having your best friend push in your fat rolls? your fat alcoholic uncle dave passed out in the bushes at the reception?

#17 Guest_Telmatiaeos_*

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:55 PM

QUOTE (peking homunculus @ 19/06/2012, 03:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When I was travelling, I met a bloke who worked for 9 monhs of the year and travelled for 3 months. Everyone else had their cameras out every day and was busy snapping all the time. He had no camera. I asked him about it and he told me that he lost his camera on the trip and discovered that without it, he remembered more of the trip and the things he saw.

At the time I was intrigued, but I actually think he had a point. I have given birth three times and have no photos to show of the process. I didn't want any. But I have a very clear picture in my mind of what I went through and how I felt. I feel having a photo would modify my memory and make it more visual and less emotional.



Yep.  I agree with this.  Sometimes the process of photography diminishes the experience.

#18 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:57 PM

when I gave birth my sister and DH were both there- she took some great shots (not the actual birth, that was off limits!), including DH cutting the umbilical cord. it was great as DH did not need to worry about photos.
i would consider a professional photographer with tight guidelines given but would prefer a close family member.

#19 Frockme

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:59 PM

Couldnt think of anything worse at that time.  mellow.gif

#20 Paddlepop

Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:07 PM

No way that I would have wanted a professional photographer there. A medical textbook photographer might have been found my DD's birth interesting though. ARM, syntocinon drip, scalp monitor, epidural, catheter, medically dangerous BP spike causing staff and equipment to suddenly appear in my room, forceps delivery with legs up in stirrups, 4th degree perineal tearing (included partial tearing of anal sphincter muscle), rectovaginal fistula and lots of blood all over the floor. Very glamorous. I got to hold my DD very briefly before I was taken to theatre for an hour of stitching where I'm fairly sure I went into shock, but I can't remember because I either fell asleep or passed out. These are not things I need expensive photos of.

My husband took enough photos for me to be satisfied, including me set up in the stirrups as staff were getting gowned and gloved, our daughter as she was first placed onto my chest, the paediatrician having to hold her legs still to stop her from kicking him (lol!) and her in her humidicrib with her bum to the world.

For me there are much better things to spend that sort of money on.  If I was to have professional photos taken it would be once everyone was bathed and dressed, and feeing much more relaxed and happy.

#21 pippityroo

Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:10 PM

I'm hoping to have someone to take photos of DD3's birth. I have found someone, and she's hoping to be there.

DH took some photos during my c/s of DD2, and the photos turned out completely blurry (so blurry, you can't see a thing) sad.gif Not his fault as the focus settings seemed to have been bumped. Since I really don't wanna risk that again, I want someone who knows her way around a DSLR to capture those moments. Plus DH has other things to do at that time wink.gif

Edited by PippityPip, 19 June 2012 - 03:11 PM.


#22 vintage.blue

Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:10 PM

It's not for me, but then I don't look so great at the end of pregnancy. I swell up due to pre-eclampsia and look horrible!!

#23 Oriental lily

Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:12 PM

Considering my hair looks lke a bird nest during labour ( think Linda Blair from the exorcist) then no. I have some lovely shots of my three girls together after the birth of my last baby which are lovely. Nice and natural.

Quick happy ( cheap) snaps is all I need.

#24 MrsDamonSalvatore

Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:14 PM

QUOTE (briandrea @ 19/06/2012, 02:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes! We had our second child's birth photographed by a professional photographer. Being a photographer myself and a birth educator meant capturing those moments was incredibly important to me. The slideshow is in my sig if anyone cares to have a look. It is all tasteful and the photos from the day are the most precious photographs I own.



QUOTE (Stellajoy @ 19/06/2012, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think if you have the money go for it.

This is one of the most amazing ones i have seen

be aware the video will make you cry.

http://www.youcantbeserious.com.au/blog/20...rbirth-of-theo/



its not the sort of thing i would do, but these videos are both so beautiful  blush.gif   wub.gif

#25 mondayschild

Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:43 PM

I've been shooting births for almost nine years mostly for existing clients who have started or expanded a family. It is immensely rewarding for both my clients and myself, I consider it a privilege to be at such a private moment in someone's life. Each to his own however.




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