Are you pregnant and want to know how to choose a newborn photographer? Because there are so many choices out there, we want to help you understand more about what you should be looking for.
Choosing a newborn photographer is an important decision. Therefore, you need to choose the photographer that is right for you.
Do your research
Firstly, there are certainly a lot of choices when you start to research local newborn photographers and you will undoubtedly feel overwhelmed.
Newborn photography is definitely something to start thinking about well before your baby arrives as many photographers get booked up in advance. At the research stage here are some things you can look for:
Do they have a professional website?
Have a good look at their portfolio. Do you like their style? Is it a match for what you want? What colours and props do they use?
What do others say?
Most photographers will have client testimonials on their website and social media pages. See what other people thought of their experience.
Start to follow them on their social media pages
How frequently do they post? How busy are they? Are the photos new or are they reusing the same images? Do you like the way they interact with people? Do they seem like someone you want to work with?
How to choose a newborn photographer. Our top 10 questions to ask.
How long have you been photographing newborns?
Are you happy for a photographer who is just starting out or would you prefer a specialist with a few years of experience? New photographers often offer model calls or free shoots to build their portfolio. How comfortable are you with your baby being handled by someone lacking in experience?
What training have you had?
This is an important one. Many photographers have had no training at all so please think carefully about who you want to hand over your newborn to. Would you prefer someone that has invested time and money into achieving the correct level of training or someone that can just take a picture but has little knowledge of safety.
At what age do you photograph newborns?
All photographers are different. Some will only photograph up to about 14 days, some will photograph at any age. This is the reasons it is important to get in touch before baby arrives. You don’t want to miss out on your preferred photographer if they only photograph up to 14 days.
Where do you take the photographs?
You may be happy to visit a studio with your newborn or you may prefer to have photographs taken in the comfort of your home. It is worth noting that not all photographers do both. It is advisable to check which option your photographer offers.
Do you work alone?
Some newborn photographers work alone and others with an assistant. It is possible that some photographs can be a composite of 2 images put together. In order to achieve this, an assistant is desirable. Having an assistant means there is that extra pair of hands and eyes to keep your baby safe.
What artwork options are available?
Have you considered how you want to store your images for years to come?
Do you want digital files or do you prefer physical art products? Does your photographer offer everything you want from your session?
How do I see my images after the shoot?
Do you prefer an online gallery sent to your email or are you happy to go back to the photographer to view your images? Whilst both have their benefits, it is important to think about your experience as a whole. It can be a wonderful and emotional experience going back to view your images and slightly colder viewing an online gallery.
Can I bring my own props?
You can ask the photographer if it is possible to bring a particular prop. You may have a special blanket, soft toy, bonnet etc that you want in the photographs.
Who can come to the studio?
Check how big the studio is. Some will only be able to accommodate immediate family whereas others can accommodate more. If you have other children coming to the session, ask the photographer what the best option is.
What if my baby doesn’t settle or I can’t make the appointment?
It is possible that even after all the preparation and planning that your baby just might not settle for their pictures. Ask the photographer where you stand if this happens. Do they have the capacity to offer a re-shoot on a different date7 Would you receive a refund?
Hopefully, this has been a useful resource about how to choose a newborn photographer.
If you would like to speak to us about our safe newborn photography experience, please contact us to find out more.