How to Choose a Newborn Photographer
If you have come to this blog because you are expecting a baby, many congratulations!
If you are looking for a newborn photographer what is the best way to choose someone who will work safely with your precious baby while meeting your family's requirements and producing photographs you will cherish for a lifetime?
You may have done a Google search or had lots of different photographers referred to you by friends, now it's time to whittle down the list and make your final choice. I hope the following tips are of help in your search.
Money, Money, Money
Cost will of course be a consideration. These days everyone is counting the pennies and looking for a bargain, and there will always be someone out there promoting what looks like a fantastic newborn photography deal. I advise caution at this point; please look beyond the temptation of a cheap price because the safety of your newborn is, I am sure, your main priority.
Did you know that our industry remains unregulated? This means that anyone with a camera can set up a website and call themselves a professional newborn photographer with no safety training, no insurance, and no experience. Think about that for a minute – would you hand your newborn baby over to someone who potentially has no idea how to safely pose a baby without causing discomfort, pain or worse?
Research is Key!
A Question of Style
After safety and cost considerations, have a look at your shortlisted photographer’s style to ensure they match your preferences. Are you looking for very posed images (for example, the froggy pose) or are you looking for more of a lifestyle approach with very few poses? Some parents love the use of brightly coloured props and busy backgrounds, does that match your style or would you prefer simple shots of baby with limited distractions? What about colours? Does your photographer’s portfolio show a range of colour schemes you like? If you don’t see the kind of images you want in your potential photographer’s portfolio, please do give them a call, its always worth asking the question and discussing in person whether or not they can meet your needs.
Who Let the Dogs Out?
Do you have a four legged member of the family who you would love to include in your newborn images? Does your potential photographer allow dogs in their studio or agree to photograph animals? Do they do this safely using composite imagery? As much as we love our pets, you can never be 100% sure how they will react to flashing lights and a new environment so once again look for a photographer with demonstrated experience and training.
Location, Location, Location
Consider where you would like your session to take place. Some photographers work solely from a studio while others are mobile and will come to your home. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, some of which I list below. I am a studio photographer myself and you can read more about my reasons for this in an older blog I wrote here.
When to Book?
When you've finally made your choice, when is the best time to book? You may have heard that it is best to book your chosen photographer early whilst still pregnant. As a newborn photographer myself let me explain; I have a limited number of newborn slots per month, as babies are notorious for arriving earlier or later than expected and I need to ensure I can fit everyone in before their baby is past the ‘ideal’ newborn photography age (typically before two to three weeks of age for full term babies). I usually have to juggle my diary around to ensure I can accommodate everyone and therefore, I always advise that clients book in advance to ensure they have a spot in my calendar. If your baby has already been born however don't panic! It is always worth a call to your chosen photographer because the uncertainty of a baby’s actual birthday can work the other way too meaning that a slot can sometimes becomes free last minute.
I hope this blog has given you some ideas of what to look for when choosing your newborn photographer. Thanks for reading and all the best for your little one's arrival!
Lorraine Jardim LBIPP QGPP
Ellie J Photography.
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