I was really excited to meet someone who has a photography business a few weeks ago through a mom's meetup group I'm a part of. She is working on a book and trying to build her birth photography portfolio, and has offered to photograph my birth for free. I'll get rights to the low resolution photos (to use online etc), a free print, and a discount on any other prints I want.
When she offered, I said yes right away, since I think it would be really lovely to have nice photographs of the whole process, instead of the few snapshots we got after the birth last time. However, last night for some reason I started worrying about having yet another person there- someone I'm not very familiar with- and I'm not sure if it will be worth it or not.
My DH is perfectly fine with her being there, so it's really up to me to decide. What to you all think? Has anyone had a photographer at their birth? Was it intrusive? This lady is super nice, and we do get along very well. The mom's group is kind of a crunchy/ natural mama's thing, and she is super supportive of home/ natural birth. I just don't want the whole thing to turn into a circus and feel like there are too many people around.
My midwife, her assistant, my friend (who will be like a doula/support), another friend who will be taking care of my two kids, my kids, and my DH (of course) will be there.