Jump to content

Professional photos at the birth


  • Please log in to reply
71 replies to this topic

#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

QUOTE
"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 4kidlets

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 amabanana

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

QUOTE
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 lactasticmama

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.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.