HOW TO CHOOSE A NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
How to choose a newborn photographer?!
I imagine this question has crossed your mind at least once. After all, this is such a precious and wonderful time. You want to make sure you have chosen the right photographer to capture your beautiful memories.
The first days and weeks are filled with many emotions, sleepless but beautiful nights and many adjustments. Knowing that you have chosen that photographer, takes away the worries you might have and gets you feeling all excited for the day.
Photographing your new family should always be a beautiful experience.
Not only do you need to feel comfortable during your photo session but you also want to achieve the results you were looking for.
It can certainly feel daunting when you first start looking.
Therefore I have put together some steps to help you get started:
1. ALLOW YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME
I always recommend to start planning and looking for a photographer at around 20 week mark.
Although, any time after 12 weeks is even better.
This gives you plenty of time to plan ahead and properly do your research, look at different photographers, their styles and what they offer.
Once you have found your photographer and booked, all you need to do is let them know your baby is here and you can confirm your photo session date.
However, as a busy mum myself I know doing anything ahead of time can be challenging. So, if you haven’t managed to do it in time. I would always suggest to enquire anyway. Chances are you might still get in, as babies are hardly born on time.
2. CHOOSE A STYLE YOU LOVE
This is probably one of the most important tips.
Don’t just pick any photographer with any style.
They are creating your memories, choose someone with the style that really speaks to you.
Take your time in making this decision. And also consider where and how you want to display your photographs and what will look good in your space.
There are various newborn photography styles out there, here is a short list:
Posed – usually created in a studio space or by a mobile photographer, using a number of props, different fun poses and various colours that you might love.
Lifestyle – usually created in the comfort of your own home, mainly photographing the authenticity of you and your bundle of joy. Keeping posing to a minimum and focusing on genuine moments and interactions in your own loving environment.
Natural – a natural styled shoot, is what you will find on this website. There is still an element of posing your baby and guiding you into beautiful lighting. However the posing is natural, with the focus remaining on your baby and all their little details. These kind of shoots can be created in both studio space and your own home.
Documentary – very similar to a lifestyle shoot, but the emphasis is more on capturing you and your family in your environment, doing your thing, just the way you are.
The above are just short descriptions.
Take a look and research each one and see what resonates with you the most.
Consider your emotional connection to the style. Some styles may resonate with you on a deeper level, evoking certain emotions or capturing the essence of your newborn in a way that feels authentic to you.
Maybe even create a Pinterest board, add everything that you like to that board.
You will soon see exactly which style is your favourite.
3. READ THROUGH REVIEWS
Reviews & testimonials create trust.
Finding a trustworthy, professional photographer to work with should also be at the top of the list. After all, you have to know you’re in safe hands.
Although there are no qualifications required to be a professional photographer. Asking the right questions and doing your research will help you in making your decision.
Personal referrals are always the best when it comes to looking for a photographer. Ask your friends and relatives first. But if you don’t know anyone who has had an experience with a photographer, make sure you check out reviews and testimonials.
Take your time in reading them to get a good idea of the experience previous clients have had.
This feedback can help you gauge the photographer’s reliability, professionalism, and customer satisfaction.
4. PREPARE QUESTIONS
When first looking for a photographer, you most likely have many questions. These could include, posing style, safety, time it takes, can parents or siblings be included, prices and packaging, etc.
Some of these questions will already be covered on the photographers website. But I would always encourage writing some down anyway.
Then, I would recommend to schedule a consultation or a call with your shortlisted photographers.
It allows you to discuss your expectations, ask the questions, and get a sense of their personality. It’s important to build a relationship with the photographer, as they will be handling your newborn and capturing intimate moments. You will feel much more relaxed during your photo session, having already built a relationship with them.
However if for any reason you can’t speak to them, always send everything you want across on an email.
NOT SURE WHAT TO ASK?
5. GET TO KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Why do I need to get to know them and build a relationship?
I would always recommend to build a little bit of a relationship and trust before your session. Book in a call, a virtual meeting or even face to face if it’s possible.
It’s important to do so, as they will be handling your newborn and capturing intimate moments.
It also allows you to discuss your expectations, ask the questions, and get a sense of their personality.
I know this may seem like an extra task, but trust me, you will feel much better having got to know them!
Chances are you might feel tired or even a little emotional on the day, not long after giving birth. Having someone you know a little and trust, makes all the difference.
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I hope this blog “how to choose a newborn photographer” has been helpful in getting you started with your search. If a natural or a lifestyle newborn shoot is what you are after, just get in touch here, I would love to hear from you.
And if you have any extra suggestions or questions that you might like me to answer. Please pop a comment below.