Choosing a photographer to capture your baby’s first portraits is a very important decision. This newborn stage passes by in a blink of the eye with the resulting images becoming special keepsakes that are looked back on through generations. You need to be confident that your precious memories are in the hands of the right photographer.
Here are some important things to consider when choosing a Newborn Photographer;
What kind of style do you have in mind for your newborn portraits?
You will find each photographer will have their own style. This may range from soft muted tones, dark earthy tones or vibrant colour? Some photographers work from a studio and others are lifestyle photographers who capture images in your home.
The best way to figure out what your style preference is and to see if your chosen photographer fits this, is to view their website portfolio and social media profiles. Websites are also a great way to find out more information about the photographer through their “About me” pages.
How experienced is the photographer?
You may like to ask your photographer how long they have been working with babies. An experienced newborn photographer will be able to handle your baby confidently and safely, as well as pick up on cues from your baby as to whether they are hungry, have wind etc.
Some photographers are accredited members of the photography association, Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). Photographers submit a portfolio to a panel of the AIPP and upon satisfaction of professional standard become accredited members. Members are required to maintain a high standard of professionalism and imagery.
A professional photographer should also be running a registered business and have public liability insurance.
Have you pre booked your Newborn session?
You may find that professional newborn photographers book out ahead of time. It’s best to start thinking about your newborn session in your second trimester to ensure your choice of photographer is available, plus it allows time to book a Maternity session if you choose to capture your pregnancy also.
You may be concerned about booking ahead just in case your baby arrives before or after his/her due date but most photographers book a limited number of sessions a month to allow for these changes when needed.
Have you received any recommendations from friends or family?
Recommendations from family and friends can be extremely valuable when booking a newborn photographer. You can find out information on what to expect, what the finished product looks like etc. A large percentage of my bookings are referrals from clients and repeat clients.
Is your baby in safe hands?
Your baby’s safety is the most important thing to consider. You need to feel comfortable that your baby is comfortable. If your photographer uses poses that appear to be unsafe be sure to ask whether these poses are photographed as a composite. This means that a series of photos are taken with somebody supporting baby the whole time and then the photos are merged together in photoshop meaning that baby is safe at all times.
It might also be a good idea to check whether your photographer is vaccinated against whooping cough. Your little one isn’t able to be immunised until approx. 6 weeks old and is vulnerable until this time.
What is included in the price?
You may find that photographers charge a “session fee” which covers the day of shoot and secures your booking. A package is then generally added on once you view your photos. Due to the specialised nature of professional newborn photography packages can range from $800 up to $3000+. It is important that you have an understanding of the packages available before booking your session.