If you are considering paying for newborn photography, you are on the way to eternalizing some very precious memories. However, it can be difficult to determine which photographer you will trust with your precious bundle of joy. Here are a few ideas to help get you going.
Choosing Your Newborn Photographer
Start by thinking about the style that you like. The two main options are:
- Lifestyle, which creates a laidback feel. Usually, the photographer comes to you and will photograph your baby in their home environment. Usually, they will be fully clothed, placed against the mother, father, siblings, and perhaps pets.
- Stylized, which is where the newborn is usually undressed and placed in baskets, fabrics, or other such props. Stylized sessions are completed in a studio, which should have the right lighting and temperature to keep the baby comfortable. They are then placed in a range of positions to show the toes, feet, hands, face, and so on.
Once you know what type of photoshoot you want, it will be time to find the photographer. A quick Google search will reveal lots of results near you. A couple of things to look at in particular:
- Whether the photographer specializes in newborn photography.
- How many newborn sessions they offer a week. A good tip is to start looking for your photographer long before you deliver your baby. These professionals are often incredibly busy, and you won’t have time to wait since your baby is only newborn for a very short period of time.
Once you have a selection of photographers to choose from, it is time to speak to them directly. It is likely that you will have a budget to consider, unfortunately. However, you have to make sure that you don’t simply go for the cheapest. Rather, you need to find the best value for money. Some of the things that influence the price include:
- Whether the photographer is insured.
- The type of photographs they take.
- How long they have done this work.
- The number of newborn babies they photograph every year.
- Whether there is a limit to the number of sessions they agree to do each month.
- What is included in the session itself.
The above are some of the things you should investigate when you speak to the photographers and ask them for quotations. Key, however, is that the photographer is properly insured. They should be happy to give you details about their insurance policy, and you should check up on this.
Last but not least is a word of warning. A strange style has started to appear, which is to photograph newborn babies in glass containers. The effect of this is, in fact, strikingly beautiful, which is probably why it has become popular. However, if your photographer offers this, you should immediately move on and find someone else. No matter how beautiful it may look, a baby and glass should never be anywhere near each other.