Guest Post: 3 Tips to Pick the Best Newborn Photographer
Let’s face it – the photography market is an abundant one these days, and it can be hard to find a high quality, experienced newborn photographer.
One of the sweetest things I get to do is photograph newborns. These sweet, squishy little bodies grow SO fast. The newborn phase is so short (although at the time those nights feel long). Here are a few things to look for to ensure a great experience and great images that you’ll treasure for a lifetime:
Safety for your little squish.
Newborns aren’t as fragile as we think they are at first. I vividly remember watching the nurses handle my first baby and thinking, “Easy! Be gentle!” and then realizing that these nurses handle newborns daily and wouldn’t jeopardize my baby’s safety with rough handling. I calmed down and have come to know that babies are resilient and not fragile like egg shells. Now, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use common sense to protect our sweet little ones. Newborn photographers should be practicing good hygiene – their spaces and props should be clean, and they should wash their hands before handling your baby. One great way to scope out a photographer’s space beforehand is to have a consultation before your session. This way you can not only get a sense for cleanliness but also get to know your photographer to see if they are a good fit for your family.
The other thing to look for is dangerous looking poses within the photographer’s portfolio. Newborns should not bear weight on their wrists, hang from tree branches, or pose on high objects. To accomplish these types of poses safely, photographers utilize composite image strategies so that the baby can be held securely in place. If a photographer’s portfolio has risky looking images and they do not know what a composite image is, RUN AWAY! J In all seriousness, never risk a baby’s safety for a cute picture. It is never worth it.
What Style of newborn photography catches your eye?
The two main styles of newborn photography are lifestyle and posed. Lifestyle images typically utilize the client’s home including the baby’s nursery. The baby and natural surroundings are the focus, with a strong emphasis on emotional connections between family members.
Posed newborn photography uses props and posing techniques to highlight the baby’s features. The final product tends to look like artwork and is a beautiful way to capture this special and short time in your baby’s life.
Both styles are gorgeous and your choice should reflect your personal preferences. Some photographers may offer a combination of both. Within my studio setting, I am able to do a posed newborn session and then incorporate a few lifestyle type images in my bed and sitting area – the best of both worlds!
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The Demeanor of your newborn photographer and when to hire
Your photographer is going to spend some important times with you! A huge factor in finding the right photographer for your family is picking someone you jive with and trust. When you look back on an image of yourself, your feelings about that image largely reflect the way you FELT when you took the picture to begin with. You’ll want to choose a photographer who makes you
feel comfortable and at ease.
The time to book a photographer is while baby is still happily cooking on the inside.Newborn images are best taken when baby is between 2 and 10 days young, so you’ll want to schedule by around 6 months along in your pregnancy if at all possible. Newborn photographers block off time around your due date and are sure to remain flexible to fit your newborn into their calendar. If you wait until your new baby arrives to find a photographer, it may be difficult to find someone with an opening in their schedule. I hope these tips help clear the air about the most important considerations to make when choosing your newborn photographer. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy your pregnancy! Your sweet little one will be here soon!
Hi there! I’m Nikki Trent– owner and photographer over at Nvision Photography. I specialize in weddings and birth stories and especially love forming real, lasting connections with clients who end up turning into friends. I spend such important days with families, so it is only natural that they end up feeling like a part of my own. As a wife and mama to 3, I’ve come to really appreciate just how important family photographs are – they are heirlooms, memories forever frozen in time. I treasure what I do and enjoy providing families with meaningful images that tell the story of their life. Follow her on Facebook & Instagram to stay in touch.