The Baby Is Coming; Quick, Call the Photographer !

Discussion in 'Photographers' started by M.A.Longmore, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. M.A.Longmore

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    Oh boy! I have no comment.
     
  3. David A. Goldfarb

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    I had a camera at my own son's birth (a couple of photos are in my APUG gallery), but I don't see myself making a business out of it.
     
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    I think that's one of those more female oriented careers :wink:

    On an unrelated note, I really hate when people hold cameras like that. It's very poor camera technique. /rant
     
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    Ha! With the ease that today's co-eds take off their clothes for cellphone images I suspect this line of work has a bright future. :laugh:
     
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    I missed the birth of my three guys by 12 hours -- I was 800 miles away when I got the phone call at 10am (babes arrived 3 hours later). My sister was there with a camera, though. I do not think I would have grabbed the 8x10 even if I had made it in time.
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    HFD!
     
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    I was present at the birth of both of my children that I will never forget it, they were born at home, neither I nor my wife ever had any desire to photograph the event.
     
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    Ditto for my daughters, but I waited until they were cleaned up by me before I took photographs.
     
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    I was loaded down with equipment when my son was born.
    At the very last minute I decided not to photograph the festivities ...

    Ron
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    Any excuse to have kids...
     
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    Agree totally, can't possibly be stable or very comfortable to shoot like that at all.

     
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    Back in 1979 my dad shot my birth with a 50mm lens on a Pentax K-1000. He made an album. I now possess the only known copy of this album. I am seriously considering burning it :smile:

    Seriously, though - neither parent nor myself really wants to look at it. If the day ever comes, I highly doubt I would pay for this service based on my own experience. A nice portrait of the baby and the family at some point after the fact (and the cleanup), possibly.
     
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    I wasn't in a position to photograph anything too disturbing. He was cleaned up before the first image, which I think was after I cut the umbilical cord. We love those photos. They show that he had a personality from the moment he was born.

    Since the maternity ward was too busy that night for my wife to get a private room, I couldn't spend the night there, so I went home and souped the film, scanned it when I woke up, and e-mailed images to the family before returning to the hospital in the morning.

    I shot Tri-X pushed one stop with a fast lens, no flash, incidentally, and was surprised to see the photographer in the article using flash, even bounced. I think it's a myth that it could be harmful to the infant, but who wants the annoyance in such a situation? There's plenty of light in a delivery room.
     
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    My sons are now 5 and almost 7. For both, I filmed the birth on a digital video camera, including myself cutting the umbilical cord. I didn't include any gory detail in the edited films. Both boys love watching their arrival into the world. For both I also took a real film photo on my Hasselblad of the obstetrician holding them minutes after their birth.
     
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    I had the extreme fortune of taking probably the best photo I've ever taken a few moments after the doctors handed my wife our daughter. Nothing gory, just pure emotion. My wife has to work to not start crying whenever she sees it. I find that funny and hugely flattering.

    Leo
     
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    Same here. I can't imagine a siuation where we would want to look at the pictures. I can't remember the last time I looked at our wedding album either.

    Some things don't require documenting, memories are sometimes enough.


    Steve.
     
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    The events of witnessing my sons births will be in my memory for ever I have no need for photographs, they are both in their forties now, I suppose it's too late to send them back :D
     
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    Amen, brother.
     
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    When I was born I was so ugly the midwife was confused and slapped me in the face :D
     
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    When my son was being born I had a portable radio and some headphones with me.... BBC Radio Four was broadcasting The History of the Guitar in Jazz... I didn't want to miss that!


    Steve.
     
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    Far out man. :cool:
     
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    Has anyone ever noticed how newborn babys all look like Winston Churchill .:smile:
     
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    I wonder what Winston looked like as a baby!


    Steve.
     
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    What's next, I wonder?

    Conception photography?
     
  26. BrianShaw

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    That's nothing new.