Hiring a Newborn Photographer

Feb 11, 2020

Here’s our top 5 list of things to consider when hiring a newborn photographer.

Congratulations! Expecting a child is undoubtedly the most exciting time in your life and you must have a million questions about newborn photography. Let’s start by highlighting a few things to look for when hiring a newborn photographer.

sleeping newborn baby boy on brown backdrop

Safety and Experience

With so many options, many often wonder how to choose a newborn photographer? I personally believe the most important thing to consider when choosing a newborn photographer 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.

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. We send prep guides to each newborn family so they know what to expect when they arrive at the studio and tips to get the most out of their session.

Posing

This. Is. Big. When hiring a newborn photographer, be sure they are trained in safely 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.

newborn photography safety demo froggy pose

Book Early

Oftentimes, newborn photographers want to get these sessions done before your baby is 2 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 that 2 weeks will fly by, 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.

Communication

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.

newborn baby girl in upright bamboo basket

Pricing

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?

side lying pose newborn baby boy on mint backdrop

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 🙂

Sweet Souls Portrait Design is a full service photography studio based in Lake Wylie, SC and serving clients throughout Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Clover and the greater Charlotte, NC area.  We specialize in maternity and newborn photography.

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