Congratulations! Expecting a child is undoubtedly the most exciting time in your life and you must have a million questions about newborn photography. If this is your first baby – or maybe the first time you’ve opted for professional newborn portraits – you may have questions as it relates to HOW to choose a newborn photographer. Look no further, I’m here to help you navigate the world of baby portraits and what you should be looking for or asking when you’re ready to hire a newborn photographer.
Safety and Experience
With so many options, many often wonder what they should be looking for when selecting a newborn photographer? I personally believe the most important thing to consider when making your selection is safety. When it comes to your brand-new baby, you’ll want to make sure to do your due diligence and research, research, research! Knowing how to safely handle and pose a baby takes time, training and hands on experience. If you’re looking for some details on my process, head over to my newborn experience page where I lay it out!
Be sure your photographer is comfortable and trained in working with newborns. There are so many factors that go into a session that an inexperienced newborn photographer will miss. Ensuring that your photographer knows how to create a comfortable and safe environment for baby and parents is priority. Not only have I spent countless hours learning about proper posing to ensuring baby’s safety and comfort but I also provide prep guides to each newborn family so they know what to expect when they arrive at the studio. Prep guides include a set of tricks and tips that have worked over the years to allow us to get the most out of a newborn session.
If posed newborn sessions are important to you, but you’re still not sure what to look for or how to choose a newborn photographer – ask about composites. This. Is. Big. When hiring a newborn photographer, be sure they are trained in safely and properly posing babies. So many of those Pinterest poses you see are composite shots, or 2 images that have been merged together in Photoshop. Hands are on the baby the entire time to ensure safety of the baby first. A good newborn photographer will never sacrifice safety for a pose or force a baby into a pose that causes obvious discomfort.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to get on your photographer’s calendar early – especially if they’re particularly popular. Many photographers will limit the number of due dates they accept per month to ensure they have enough room for scheduling when babies actually arrive. These sessions are time sensitive and the sweet spot is usually before baby is 3 weeks old. After that, some of those newborn characteristics begin to fade, their features start to change and they are less flexible and struggle to be molded into many poses. Once baby arrives the time really begins to fly, so be sure to secure a photographer while you are still pregnant. Don’t wait until baby is here and run the risk of your photographer of choice being completely booked.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and pay close attention to how the photographer responds. You should have a clear understanding of the entire process before you’ve even booked your session. Communication is key and it makes this a smooth process when there is clear conversation and easy access to your photographer.
Please don’t let price be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing a newborn photographer. The saying goes, you get what you pay for. The photographer with the proper gear, education and experience will likely cost more. Take time to review what they offer for their price. Will you receive digitals only? Do they offer prints? Are there separate fees for the session and the product? These are all things to consider when going over price and what you want/can spend. Set realistic expectations and understand for a photographer you absolutely love, you may have to save up for a while and that’s ok! When you look at your photos in 10 years, are you going to regret not having gone with the work you loved the most?
Choosing a newborn photographer is a big deal. You only get this period in your child’s life for a short period of time and then it’s gone forever. Think about it, they’ll never be this size or look like this again. It’s best to start by figuring out what you want first, then find someone who can give it to you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, I hope this helps you narrow down your decision on choosing a newborn photographer; even if it isn’t me 🙂
Updated – 01/20/2021