Birth Photography???

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Birth Photography???

Anyone ever had this done before?? A girl I went to high school with (we KIT on facebook) is a photographer and she does birth photography. I've been really thinking about getting it done, but wanted experiences from people who have done it. She gets to the hospital when you are 5cm and stays through the entire birth. I know its not very glamourous giving birth, but I saw some photos that she did and she made it look so beautiful. She obviously does not take any gross pics, but the pics she took of the newborns first moments of life are so precious! She put together a slideshow of the pictures with music and I just think its awesome to have that as a keepsake. I would love to document my first natural birth. My only issue is that I think it would be weird to have someone in there other than medical personnel during such an intimate moment just snapping pics. Your thoughts?

My last birth, my sister took pics (not very flattering), but this time DH and I will be the only one's present during birth so we don't have anyone to take pictures of Sophia's first moments. I know we will be so caught up in the moment that we will forget. Do nurse's take pics for you when you have nobody else?

I just keep going back and forth on this. Hoping you ladies can either talk me into it or talk some sense into me. LOL!

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I like them usually if in B&W. Hospital room have a lot of bad color/florecent lighting, ugly gowns, etc. B&W captures true emotion w/out distractions. (can you tell I was trained in B&W darkroom photograph:)

As for me, I probably wouldn't do it just because of the cost and it's not something I desire. but the are usualy beautiful. Instead I'll get DH to take some newborn shots of me and the baby and if I have the energy, I'll take some of him. Hoping my parents will be there by then and I'll let my dad take some of us with my camera.

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They are all in B&W. I also used to take and develop B&W photography. LOL! The cost is one of my biggest factors too. It is really expensive so I just don't know if its even worth it. Decisions decisions!

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I would totally do it if I were you!! I didn't have the best experience last time (emergency csect) and DH was only able to take a pic before I started pushing, then after the csect we didn't see DS for a while because he was with the neonatologist, so the next pics were in our room.

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If it's something you think you'll really enjoy having later on then I say do it.

Personally I wouldn't do it because I'm cheap Smile and a private person, so no one gets to be there but DH and the med staff. Plus I almost kicked my wedding photographer out since he was in my way, following me around, and annoying the heck out of me. On top of that it cost us a fortune. So I don't really have a good experience with photographers!

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Hmmm... I've never considered birth photography but I do love B&W. I probably wouldn't do it because I really love the creative newborn photography. I'm the type that wouldn't do both. I'm not much help... if you feel like you will regret not doing it, then I would give serious consideration to it. I'm sure they will be beautiful if you do choose to do it. I'm also sure you will love any pics of your LO that are taken if you choose to not do it.

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I was thinking about this the other day, but I don't know anyone. SO I would say do it. Even for those family shots right after birth. They look so much better then a nurse taking them and you will have great pictures to remember.

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"blondiess4u" wrote:

I was thinking about this the other day, but I don't know anyone. SO I would say do it. Even for those family shots right after birth. They look so much better then a nurse taking them and you will have great pictures to remember.

I agree and that's why we have now decided to do it! Smile This will be our last baby and I don't want to regret anything. Its pricey, but I decided that it is worth it!

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"jac81" wrote:

I agree and that's why we have now decided to do it! Smile This will be our last baby and I don't want to regret anything. Its pricey, but I decided that it is worth it!

I can't wait to see the pics! I love living vicariously through you ladies!