Congratulations!!! You’re expecting a new life into your family! You want to remember these precious moments with the proper person for the job. Newborn photography is unlike any other genre of photography. The photographer will not only will be creating lifelong memories in a photo, but they will also be handling your new baby while at the studio. You want to ensure your baby is in the best hands right? Here are some things to consider when choosing someone for this job.
The safety of your newborn is the most important factor when choosing a newborn photographer. Having beautiful pictures to look back on is not the only thing to take into consideration. It is imperative that you choose someone that has been trained in posing your baby safety for the photo shoot. A lot of photographers list newborns as something that they can do but that doesn’t mean that they are the safest or most qualified in working with babies. I have taken classes and training dealing in safe posing, baby circulation, handling newborns and prop safety. My number one priority is your child’s wellbeing and if your baby doesn’t like a pose I will not force them to do it just because it’s cute. No cute pose is worth the comfort of your baby. Their safety is my number one priority.
There are tons of styles of newborn photography. You need to look around at different newborn photographers portfolios in your area to see what style you like in order to choose the right person. The 3 main types are posed, lifestyle or documentary.
During a posed session your baby is wrapped up and placed in certain poses and props. This type of shoot is highly styled and usually lasts 2-3 hours in studio. It takes a good amount of experience to do this type of session well.
Lifestyle and documentary sessions are very different. They are usually done at the clients home and the primary focus is the family and the home that you live in. There is very little posing and the session is all about telling the story of your family at the time the baby arrives home.
It is very important to find out the level of experience of the photographer that you choose as well. You can ask how many years they have been specializing in newborn photography and what training they have had.
There are many different price points with different photographers depending on experience, training and the equipment they use. Remember that a professional puts in a lot of time even after your 2-3 hour session. Legitimate photographers that are running a legal business are always going to be more expensive but you get what you pay for.
5. What products do you want?
Are you looking to purchase digital files to share on social media or to receive a high quality art piece for your home that you can love for years to come that you can enjoy everyday? Some photographers only sell digital files so you need to decide what it is your looking for before you book with someone. Some professional photographers go as far as in home designs choosing exactly what will be best for your walls in your home.
Whatever it is you are looking for, make sure to pick a photographer who offers exactly what you want. I always do pre-consults with all of my clients to make sure they are getting beautiful art they can look at everyday and remember how tiny and sweet thier baby was when they were born.
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