How to Choose a Newborn Photographer: 7 Things All Parents Should Consider
by Clearwater Newborn Photographer || Legacy Newborn Photography
The safety and security of your child is the absolutely the most important factor when choosing a newborn photographer, and here’s why: photographers who are not trained in posing and handling newborns can cause lifelong injuries.
It’s that simple. Even the most experienced photographers may cause discomfort or injury to your child if they are not specifically trained in posing and photographing newborns. Just as any human, newborn babies have individual personalities, physical constraints, and comfortable and uncomfortable positions. Incorrect and unsafe posing can physically injure your child, reduce circulation, cause them to become overheated, or restrict their breathing.
Professional newborn photographers invest many hours and money in training with experienced mentors and teachers. The hands-on training and mentoring that I received, along with many portfolio-building model call sessions has been the key to my learning, training, and education to keep your baby safe and secure. Additionally, an assistant is always on-hand in the studio for an extra set of hands and eyes for added protection of your little one.
When it comes to location, most newborn photographers photograph 1) in a private studio 2) in an in-home studio or 3) in your home.
Let’s talk about each of those.
A private studio is usually a commercial space that is used as the photographer’s “home base.” It is rented or owned by the photographer and set up for your and their specific needs. Our private studio is a 1,000 square foot stand-alone building that is not shared with any other businesses. It’s quiet, secure, and comfortable. I invite you to schedule a time to come see it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
An in-home studio is usually a space in or at the photographer’s residence that is set aside and designed for photography sessions. In-home studios are a great option for some photographers who prefer to be close to their own home, family, and enjoy the convenience of working from home. If your perspective photographer uses an in-home studio, be sure to ask about what measures they’ve taken to keep their space quiet, comfortable, and secure for your family.
Some newborn photographers have portable set ups that bring with them to your home! This is a great option for families not wanting to leave their comfy space, but may not work well if space is tight in your home or you have other children, pets, or family members that may become loud or a distraction during your baby’s photography session.
Budget can play an important role in which photographer you can and can’t hire to document your baby’s first weeks Earth side. But as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for” when it comes to newborn photography. I say that you’re really doing yourself a disservice by price shopping. Find a photographer that you LOVE and hire them!
Photo sessions with most experienced newborn photographers do and should be an important investment. Quiet, clean studio spaces with a diversity of wraps, props, and equipment contribute to a higher cost of doing business. Additionally, the training and time invested by your photographer is talent that should be fairly-compensated.
Photographers are artists and many have developed a consistent style of lighting, styling, photographing and editing their images. Some photographers may be considered to have a dark and moody style, while others have a light and airy look. However, many great photographers are able to switch back and forth based on the desires of their clients and the vision that the photographer has in mind.
When looking for a newborn photographer, it is critical that you take time to look through the photographers portfolio including their website and social media. You can also request to see a full gallery of images from a single newborn shoot to get an idea of what your own gallery may look like.
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When you are choosing a newborn photographer, you should not only consider the experience, style, and price, but you should also consider the Services that you will be receiving. While some studios are fully stocked with props, wraps, bonnets, headbands, backdrops, and more, some photographers travel lightly and may ask that you be prepared with these items for your child. Other things that you should consider is whether or not the photographer offers printing services, albums, and other art to help you turn your images in to heirlooms.
Other things to consider:
Does your perspective photographer provide a preparation guide ahead of your session?
Does your perspective photographer seek your guidance on session preparation and styling?
What types of comforts does your perspective photographer provide during your session?
Does your perspective photographer offer printing and wall art services?
If you have other children, does your photographer have toys, games, books, and other items to help keep them entertained during your newborn’s session?
Our studio provides all of the props and backdrops that we will need for a beautiful, unique newborn gallery. Our studio also has many of the comforts of home to keep you comfortable during your newborn session. Please feel free to ask about our full range of services when you inquire!
If you are pregnant now, it’s time to start looking! Some photographers book months in advance and you’ll need to go ahead and reserve your session soon. Legacy books up to 7 months in advance sometimes. The earlier you reserve your photographer’s time, the more opportunity their is to bond, plan your session, and get a feel for how things will go after your baby arrives.
Has your baby already arrived? Don’t worry! Reach out to us and we will do our best to get you in to the studio as soon as possible. While baby’s are best photographed between 5 and 14 days old while they’re still very sleepy, we will always do our best to get those precious little poses even if your baby is a little older.
I know that this can all feel overwhelming. You’re pregnant. Or your baby has just arrived and you’re EXHAUSTED.
That’s why Legacy Newborn Photography in Clearwater will take care of you and your family from the first time you contact us to well after your prints have been delivered. We WANT to serve you. Our process includes initial consultations, in-studio hair and makeup, studio time, image reveal and ordering appointments, and print delivery directly to your home.
Every photographer has process. Ask about what to expect before you book!
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