By Lily Rose
First comes love.Â Â Then, comes marriage.Â Â Then,Â comes a little oneÂ sitting in aÂ babyÂ carriage.Â Â In 2012, things may not happenÂ exactlyÂ in that order â€” especially for our favorite celebrity duos.Â Â No matter the order of things, whenÂ the little bundle of joy does come, it is cause for celebration and forÂ babyÂ announcements. Â CelebrityÂ babyÂ announcements range from traditional to over-the-top.
Some couples opt to announceÂ babyâ€™s arrival with a simple yet heartfelt press release.Â Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler,Â who welcomed Camden Jack Cutler on August 8, decided to go that route. So didÂ Kelsey and Kayte Grammer,Â who welcomed daughter, Faith Evangeline Elisa Grammer,Â on July 13. Also taking a simplistic approach, Hilary Duff tweeted her son, Lucaâ€™s first photo.
But,Â why settle for simple and heartfelt when you can do it big and make it financially lucrative?Â Â From the date the press first learns a celebrity is expecting, to the date the child arrives, most publications are scrambling, begging and scheming to get their hands on the firstÂ babyÂ pics.Â Â Some celebs, such asÂ former reality star turned fashion designer, Jessica Simpson, chose to circumvent the rigmarole by simply selling the pictures.Â Â PeopleÂ featured the first snapshots of Simpsonâ€™s daughter, Maxwell Drew. Simpson was reportedly paidÂ Â $800,000 forÂ Peopleâ€™sÂ exclusive right to her little girlâ€™s first photos.
Simpson isnâ€™t the only one to sell the privilege of offering the public its first glimpse of her child. FormerÂ American IdolÂ judge, Jennifer Lopez, and Latin crooner, Mark Anthony, also sold the exclusive rights to the first pictures of their twins. As far as the price goes, Lopez and Anthony didnâ€™t do too shabby either. The couple reportedly sold Max and Emme’s photos for a cool $6 million.
Of course, no one does it as big as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The public waited with bated breath to see the child produced by the genetically blessed superstars. Jolie and Pitt reportedly sold the photos of their twins, Knox and Vivienne, for more than $11 million.
Some celebrity couples chose a different, but still non-traditional route to announce theirÂ babyâ€™s arrival.Â Â For example, singer, Beyonce Knowles and her rap star husband, Jay-Z, erected a tumblr page displaying daughter, Blue Iveyâ€™s first photo shoot.Â Â The page was offered free to the public.
Some think selling yourÂ babyâ€™s first photos seems just plain wrong.Â Â Others figure, why not? Â It’s better than the paparazzi chasing you down the street for them. Â Let us know your thoughts.