On our second day in the hospital postpartum, when we were bleary and sleep-deprived, amidst the parade of nurses and hospital staff a lady came by asking “would you like the photographer to come by?”
Well of course. Why wouldn’t we? It’d be great to have photos to share with the family when we got home; one fewer thing to worry about.
The photographer was very sweet–she set up her laptop and camera, took some photos of the baby and of us, and then edited the photos into a pretty little slide show which she showed us on her laptop.
…we found out she wasn’t from the hospital, but from a company called “Mom365.com” and that the photos were not actually a nice hospital service…if we wanted them, we could go online and purchase them for hundreds of dollars. Not only that, they wouldn’t be available immediately. You can’t even get the digital photos of your baby without buying a physical CD which costs $13 just in shipping and handling and takes days or weeks to arrive.
For comparison, I’ve paid less for entire photo shoots, where I got hundreds of photos that were available digitally, and the photographer was a trained professional with great equipment and came to the site specially for me. And I knew the terms and cost ahead of time.
So baby has now seen her very first scam. Yay!
Maybe it’s my postpartum hormones, but what incredible leeches this company must be, to take advantage of new moms in the hospital. I am not sure why the hospital lets them in, and I’m sure somebody somewhere (probably not the photographer) is making a lot of money off the deal.