Choosing a Newborn Photographer
Exciting times ahead! You’re expecting a baby…your belly is growing and your house is filling. Napies, cot, cute outfits! Whether this is your first or your third, you are preparing!
And, you’re wondering will her hair be curly, what will his little nose look like, will she have my eyes or her Dad’s lips? There are so many new things to look forward to and so many moments to be prepared for. You are preparing a nursery and collecting clothes and supplies, researching pediatricians and reading parenting articles.
What about a newborn photographer? What is newborn photography? Why is it different from any other photography? What do I need to consider when choosing a newborn photographer for our newborn portraits?
Newborn photography is a bit of a unique genre in the photography world because it requires a completely different set of skills for posing and lighting than any other type of photography. Maybe you have a favorite photographer that you follow on social media and you just love all of their beautiful lifestyle and lovely family posing photos, and you just know, that’s who you want to do your newborn photos!
But, do they have a newborn portfolio? This is important! If not, keep looking for a newborn photographer. Someone can have the most amazing wedding images you’ve ever seen and be an outstanding portrait photographer, but if they’ve never posed a newborn, well then they might not be the right match for your newborn photography needs.
If they do…GREAT! Look at those photos only, and assess. Do you like the style, the posing, lighting, props?
If you do connect with their style, then it’s time to move on to the next question…… safety.
Safety used by your photographer
When inquiring with a photographer ask them about safety! How are the poses achieved? Do they use compositing for the more difficult poses? Does the photographer have a liability insurance. Is the photographer trained. Newborn safety goes well beyond your everyday photography skills. Your newborn photographer should be educated in newborn safety and wellness, how to composite images so that the infant is never left on their own, and of course health and cleanliness. Remember, photography is not regulated by any health or safety committees, so it is up to you to make sure that the photographer you choose is knowledgeable in infant care and safety as well as possessing great photography skills. When it comes to newborn posing, there are a lot of behind the scenes safety measures that should be met at all times.
So you’ve determined that you love a photographer’s style and you’ve verified that they know how to keep your infant safe while achieving amazing images…what’s next?
Now it’s time to think about what you want as a final product. Are you hanging canvases on the wall, do you want an album you can cherish forever, prints to share with family, birth announcements? You will want to make sure that you know what the photographer offers for products and that they are in line with what you are interested in. You’re newborn will change so fast, and before you know it you’ll have a teenager (trust me, I have some experience here…nothing can prepare you for how fast they grow up!), you will want to make sure you have the keepsakes that are important to you and help you capture that memory forever!
Searching for your perfect newborn photographer should be a part of the fun and excitement! But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming. I hope this helps guide you as to some things to compare and consider when making such an important decision!