When it comes to celebrity encounters with paparazzi, I've heard plenty of people claim that the photographic invasion of privacy just comes with territory. As public figures, they've signed up to be in the public eye, and the cost means a plague of flashing bulbs constantly following them.
No matter where you stand on that issue, I think we can all agree that celebrity children should never be considered fair game for these notoriously reckless photographers. While paparazzi scour hospital parking lots for the first sighting of an infant, some famous parents have found a much simpler and safer way of announcing their bundle of joy to the world.
These 14 celebrities combatted the money-grabbing furor over their own kids' pictures by publishing straight to social media before paps could sneak in and make a quick buck.
1. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum shared the first image of their daughter directly with fans instead of a huge magazine spread. They welcomed Everly Tatum to the world with a massively popular Facebook post (just like the rest of us!).
2. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Both Jessica and Justin are pretty private about their personal lives, so when they publicized Silas Randall Timberlake for the first time, it made sense it happened in a low-key Instagram post.
3. Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis
Clearly soaking up all the father-daughter bonding time, Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming Willis were more than happy to announce their daughter Mabel Ray.
4. Jamie King
Godmother Taylor Swift welcomed little Leo Thames to the world, as parents Jamie King and Kyle Newman.
5. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have made a point to protect the privacy of baby James, but that didn't stop them from posting this adorable photo on Instagram.
6. Vin Diesel and Paloma Jiménez
Vin Diesel, also known as the most adorable dad of all time, named daughter Paulina after good friend Paul Walker and posted her first picture alongside lyrics from "What A Wonderful World."
7. Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson
With straight-forward normalcy, Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson posted this simple newborn photo of Dashiel to all their Instagram followers.
8. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
As John Krasinski makes abundantly clear in the first photo of Hazel, "pics of kids should only come direct from parents." I couldn't agree more, John and Emily.
9. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had grandma Kris Jenner post the first highly anticipated photo of North West to her show's Twitter account, and the world fell in love with the cutest baby of all time.
10. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Typical Olivia Wilde couldn't resist making a joke when releasing the first image of baby Otis Alexander, who's equally funny daddy is Jason Sudeikis.
11. Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross
Ashlee Simpson and husband Evan Ross posted this cute family photo with Jagger Snow, who I'm sure is anxiously awaiting her first meeting with grandma Diana Ross.
12. Terrence Howard and Mira Pak
Terrence Howard's son Quirin Love made his debut on Twitter, and you can tell the proud papa is excited about this future empire.
13. Stephen Amell and Cassandra Jean
Arrow star Stephen Amell was sure to introduce daughter Mavi Alexandra Jean to cousin Robbie Amell pretty much right out of the womb.
14. Beyoncé and Jay-Z
The luckiest girl alive, Blue Ivy, was introduced to the Beyhive and beyond through her very own Tumblr page. In typical Carter style, Beyoncé and Jay-Z used a more unconventional social media site to publicize their little baby, and she's since been included in her mom's prolific career.