Thank goodness for digital photography. I cannot image being a photographer when the only option was to use 35mm analogue film, wind it on to the spool, take the photographs and then send the film off to a developers and wait around 2 weeks for them to come back.
Although I do have a vague recollection of using this type of film when I was younger, my dad was forever getting films developed and delivered to the house. There would be a big thud on the doormat from the postman when they arrived. I have clear memories of sitting at the kitchen table with my dad as he scanned each of the photographs in detail and then ripping up sometimes 5 or 10 photographs because they either under/over exposed or out of focus.
There must have been so many times, back in the day when people went to a special occasions such as a wedding only to be disappointed when the photographs came back. I believe my dad is a better photographer than I am because he didn't have the advantage of looking at his image through a screen to see whether it's ok. He had to really think about the camera settings, the light levels and the composition before pressing the shutter.
Being able to digitally edit photographs, is especially important for newborn portraiture because some of the shots could not be taken without a bit of clever editing. This is because some of the pose for newborn babies would be unsafe to do if not aided by someone (usually a mummy). In this photograph below, this shot is straight out of camera (SOOC) and you can see that the baby's head is being supported. However who wants to put a picture on the wall of a gorgeous baby plus a finger?
That is where the real advantage of digital photography comes into play. Beautiful images can be created in a very safe environment which allows the photographer to use lots of different poses knowing that these extra limbs can be edited out post production.
Some may argue that a photograph should capture what was actually there, to produce an exact replica of a situation and to a certain extent, I agree however I think there is a time and a place for unedited or more natural photography.
As you can see, there is a lot more to producing stunning images than just point and shoot.