When you’re choosing someone to photograph a special time in your family life, such as the arrival of your new baby, you’ll want to know that you’ve chosen the best photographer for your family. Booking a newborn photoshoot is easy. But finding the right photographer to work with can be a challenge. That’s why we suggest parents always be careful when choosing a newborn photographer to help them with their shoot. As a parent and newborn photographer, I completely get this. You’ll want confidence that you can trust the photographer, that they’ll handle and pose your baby safely, and that the photographs will be beautiful – after all, you can’t get those first days back. But with so many different newborn photographers out there, how do you sort between them and find the best newborn photographer for your family?
If you’re considering a newborn photo session with your little angel, here are some newborn photo shoot tips to help you find a newborn photographer with the right qualities.
Training & Experience
One of the most important things to ask a photographer who may handle and photograph your newborn baby is what training and experience they have had.
This is even more critical in posed newborn photography, where the photographer will spend considerable time handling and posing your fragile new baby. It’s important for your peace of mind to know that the person you’re trusting with your baby has had appropriate training to handle and safely pose them.
There’s no requirement for having a formal qualification before you can call yourself a newborn photographer, but there are many opportunities for photographers to learn, and to keep up-to-date, including:
- Workshops run by very experienced newborn photographers
- 1-2-1 mentoring with very experienced newborn photographers
- Online courses
- National and International conferences
Ideally, your photographer will have learned from a combination of these and have experience photographing many newborn babies.
Photographers have different styles. There are posed photographers, and there are lifestyle photographers. You might not find it important, but your photographer's style will hugely impact the results of your newborn photos.
Some photographers use a lot of props and accessories and have a better approach to creative photography, while some prefer to do a newborn shoot that is simple and minimalistic. That’s why you need to choose a photographer with the same taste and style as yours so you can have the must-have newborn photos that you want.
Your budget also plays a great role during your newborn photoshoot since it will help you choose a certain range of photographers and will make finding one easier for you. By now, you should know how experienced your photographer is and the kind of service you can expect from them. But how much does it all cost? You’ll find that photographers have different ways of charging for their services and offer different products after your shoot. You’ll probably also find that the photographer’s experience and the kind of service they offer are reflected in the price. You will want to make sure you know all the costs associated with your newborn session before your session. So that you aren't blindsided with additional costs while picking out your images. A great photographer will have everything spelled out in a very clear contract before your session.
Accredited and Insured
Lastly, you will want to work with a licensed and insured photographer. You can feel at ease and assured that you are in well-qualified hands, knowing your photographer is an accredited and insured photographer.
I hope that this guide helps you to compare different newborn photographers and make an informed decision about who the right photographer is for your family.
If you’d like to find out more about booking a newborn session with me, you can contact me at the link below to schedule a free consultation.
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