Hollywood’s most expensive baby photos: will Beyoncé top them?

Sarah Coles

As soon as Beyoncé announced the birth of her twins, fans hit social media to search for the first photo of the babies. There's no telling whether she will choose to release her own snaps on Instagram, or whether she will opt for a magazine deal - and make some serious cash.

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Beyoncé has form for baby announcements on social media. She chose to announce her pregnancy through Instagram after all - with an interesting photo in her underwear, sporting a piece of netting, against a floral backdrop. It became the most liked picture on Instagram of all time.

Serious payday for babies

However, the money celebrities can make for a photoshoot with their baby is staggering.

Christina Aguilera appeared on the cover of People magazine in 2008 with her baby Max. Aguilera and her then-husband Jordan Bratman are said to have made $1.5 from the photos.

When Matthew Mcconaughey and Camila Alves announced the birth of son Levi eight years ago, they chose to release the photos in the pages of OK! Magazine. They were paid a reported $3 million for the first snap.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony went one better in 2008, and published the first snap of their twins in People Magazine, for a reported $6 million.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, meanwhile, made millions - several times over. Jolie was paid a reported $2 million by People Magazine for the cover shoot with her son Pax. The couple were then paid a reported $4.1 million for pictures of a newborn Shiloh - which they donated to African children's charities. And finally, People and Hello Magazine joined forces to pay an impressive $14 million for photos of their twins, Knox and Vivienne.

Social media stars

However, not all celebrities have chosen this route. Among the stars taking to social media with their announcement were Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell, who announced the arrival of baby Eric with a photo of him with his dad on Instagram, and the caption: "I never knew how much love and pride I would fee."

Emma Heming-Willis and Bruce Willis also made their announcement on Twitter, with a photo of baby Evelyn Penn with her big sister Mabel Ray and the caption "The start of a beautiful friendship."

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis opted for an interesting alternative. The Instagram post include pictures of four babies, a puppy and a young alpaca, with the caption: "Mila and I would like to welcome Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher to the world. May your life be filled with wonder, love, laughter, health, happiness, curiosity and privacy. Can you guess which one is ours, or does it really matter? All babies are cute."

But what do you think? In their shoes would you take the opportunity to make millions for a photo? Let us know in the comments.