5 Tips For
Choosing a Newborn Photographer
1) Book Early: The best time to schedule your newborn session is before your baby is born. The ideal time to photograph is within 5-10 days of life. Once your baby arrives that newborn time will fly by. Booking the session in advance will ensure your baby will be photographed within that ideal window of time. If you wait, you’ll risk the chance that your photographer may be all booked up and may have to turn away your session. Typically professional newborn photographers book 2-3 hours for the session and have a limited amount of sessions per month.
2)Photographic Style: is very important. If you love stylized, themed and prop photography, but your photographer has a lot of simple, neutral and organic images on their website, you’re probably not going to be happy with your final selection of images. While looking for a newborn photographer, study their portfolio. They’ll usually showcase their favorites and best of the best. Notice the colors they use. Do you see the kind of props & accessories you like? For the most part, what you see is what you get, don’t settle for someone who can’t give you what you want.
3) Price: Budget is important and must be considered, but should not be the deciding factor. If you really love your chosen photographer’s work, ask if they offer payment plans. It’s never a good idea to hire a photographer simply because they are the cheapest. Not all photographers are created equal, especially when it comes to newborn babies. Photographers base the price of their photography on the value of their skill set. A new baby is a major life event, just like weddings and once in a lifetime moments. Great photographs are an investment which will only increase in value as time goes on.
4) Experience: Are the photographers you are considering professionals or hobbyists? Do they have a business license and liability insurance? What are their qualifications? Do they have references? Be sure you know that the person you are going to hand your newborn over to is qualified & trustworthy.
5) Communication: You should feel comfortable asking lots of questions. You and your photographer should be on the same page about each detail of your session as well as the photographers fees & products. You should have a clear understanding of the portrait process from start to finish before ever booking your session. Most professional photographers will offer an in person or phone consultation to discuss all of the details.