For many newborns, the first thing they see is a bright camera flash.
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Baby photography isn’t a new phenomenon. It has been popular for decades, although recently it has become an industry for certain specialist photographers, who are called out on emergency birth shoots in the wee hours. Would you consider adding a photographer to your list of birth partners?
You get landscape, portrait and wedding photographers and, quite recently specialist birth photographers. They provide a service to expectant moms by being available to dash across town to capture your baby’s first special moments emerging from the womb, according to Jezebel.com.
Although you expect a new parent to show off the first pictures of their baby with pride, you may not want to see these rather private pictures: No matter how special the moment feels, it may not present the most photogenic moments for mom or baby.
Despite the opportunities for gruesome snaps, such as blood, gore and sweat, there are moms who insist that the birth be documented- perhaps out of pride, or merely a fascination with the wonders of the birthing experience.
According to one professional birth photographer, her job has amassed her several speeding tickets as she rushes to capture a birth. Timing is everything! And her clients are prepared to pay handsomely for her services, which range from R5 800 to over R15 000.
Just hold that smile...
The theory is that if you want to capture the moments when you’re at your most unflattering, you want a professional who is capable of capturing your, erm, best side. One challenge expectant moms have is making sure they select hospitals willing to admit a photographer to the delivery room. Births by Caesarean section are reportedly quite hard to capture, as the operating theatres must be sterile.
Next time you greet a new mom, and beg to see photos of the new baby, prepare yourself for the possibility that you may be seeing pictures far more intimate than you’d bargained for...
Would you get a photographer to document yourself giving birth?
By: By Scott Dunlop