Would you pay a photographer to document your labor and delivery?

Elizabeth - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I was thinking of having a home birth and a local photographer offers birth photography. I was thinking of doing it but wondered if anyone else has done it before?

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Hailey - posted on 03/30/2011

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I recently photographed a birth in Edmonton, and contrary to popular belief, the photos you receive aren't "scientific" shots. I am there to photograph the emotion, the love, and the intimacy of such a momentous occasion. Here is a link to my latest birth session, which includes a photos as well as video I made for a surprise (Absolutely no graphic shots included) http://haileynordstrom.ca/?p=515
Hopefully it will give curious expectant mom's and dad's an idea of what to expect when hiring a birth photographer. :)

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HI Elizabeth,

Many people have filmed or videoed their labor and delivery.I have never heard of a professional photographer going into labor and delivery (other than on TV) Are you friends with the photographer? Have they done this before? In a hospital? at home?

Check to see if there is any insurance issues to be dealt with-- would they follow to the hospital if you needed to go?

That being said,if it hasn't been done- be the trailblazer and be the first - just make sure that you (and the photographer) are well informed. either way, good luck and God Bless!

Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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My wedding photographer didn't give us an album included in that! HAHAHA or the disc. We paid an extra $600 for the disc and if we wanted an album made up it was $150 extra. Photography is expensive is all I was saying.

Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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I know Kelly haha I'm still too scungy to pay that just to photograph my kid's birth.

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I used to run a business that sold photo products to professional photographers, (like albums, canvas prints, bags, flags, blankets, etc) and several of my clients offered this service and we got to design the "Birth Book"



I thought they were wonderful--most were smaller books, 8 inches or so, bound in leather with the baby's name and birth info on the front. They told the story much more tastefully than the poorly cropped snap shots usually captured by family with their point&shoots. Pros know how to crop an image so you don't have to look at anything you don't want to, but you see the whole story. They also know how to get proper lighting, even in delivery rooms, so everyone doesn't come out pasty white, or completely obliterated by the flash reflecting off the many shiny surfaces found in the room.



I highly recommend it.



Btw, pro's charge $1500 for the day because they spend about 40-60 hours after the actual shoot processing, editing, posting, designing albums, and doing other tasks involved in running their businesses that they don't get paid for. I know it seems like a lot of $$ when you think "She stood there for 6 hours holding a camera and made $1500, that's like making over $200/hour! " but in reality, she makes like $25/hour after you factor in all the behind the scenes stuff, and the cost of equipment and upkeep, and if she has a studio, lease and insurance on that....it adds up quick!

Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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If I had a photographer friend I would. I wouldn't pay the $1500 pros want for a days work!

Dr. Peggy - posted on 02/09/2011

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If you are having your first baby, you might want to wait. At this point you really don't know what the whole experience is like. Do you really want a stranger around when you are so venerable? And a birthing mother is. If this is your second birth, then you just need to consult with the baby's father and see if he is comfortable with this.

Karen - posted on 02/07/2011

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i didn't pay anyone to, but i did ask my friend to come into the delivery room and take some pics for us...i'm really glad to have them. she did a great job and kept them all pretty modest for me , you can't see any of my "bits and pieces" so i am able to show them to people if i choose to.

Tracy - posted on 02/07/2011

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Hey, if you want to do it, go for it. Personally, I hated having my picture taken right after the birth of my kids. I found that very invasive. But that's just me

Amy - posted on 02/07/2011

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If you want to do it, go for it. I am pretty private and wouldn't want even my mother to take pictures of that. But, that's me. The blood, the accidental poo, the ugly face of my in pain..lol. No thanks. I've burned that from my memory on purpose. I just want the new little on pictures.

Kara - posted on 02/07/2011

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I haven't heard of this, nor would I have thought of it, but I think its a wonderful idea! As long as you feel comfy with the photographer to be apart of this extra special moment. -I would say go for it. I'm thinking your hubby/partner will be alittle busy to pick up the camera (ha!)

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