Preparing for a new baby is so exciting! You have done all the research for the best car seat and debated between the mamaroo and a baby swing. You’ve decorated the nursery and meticulously washed and folded all your newborn’s first outfits. But how much research have you done on newborn photographers?
There are a lot of things to consider when hiring a newborn photographer. Here are 6 questions you should ask and 2 things you should take a look at.
This newborn photographer will be taking the only newborn photos of your baby! You can’t get that time back, so you want to make sure you are going to absolutely love these memories. Take a look at the newborn photographer’s portfolio and make sure their gallery lines up with what you are expecting. Do you want fine art? You need to make sure you find a fine art photographer. Do you want lots of props? Make sure you find a photographer who uses newborn props!
Will you meet for the first time at the photoshoot, or will you get to meet them ahead of time? Does the photographer help your plan or will you be unsure of what to expect? Will you receive images on a CD or will you receive beautiful prints to display? Just find out as much information as you can before you call so you know what to expect.
Ask newborn photographers what training they have! There is no industry standard, so it varies greatly how prepared photographers are to handle babies. Have they taken posing classes that focus on newborn safety? That is what you want to know. Since anyone can call themselves a newborn photographer, it is a really important question to ask.
This goes along with the training, but how does the photographer handle newborn safety? I am CPR certified, have taken many posing safety classes, and only take one client a week at most to limit exposure to possible illnesses. I also clean my studio and props between clients.
Some photographers include photos for download in the session fee. Some photographers have the session fee cover the session and all artwork is separate. Ask this question so you can make an informed decision. I choose to sell artwork separately so you only buy what you love!
Ask how long they spend taking newborn photos. Most people are surprised to learn it can take hours and isn’t a quick 60 minute session. Ask this question so you are prepared the day of your session and have everything you need!
Ask if you will get to be in the photos! That first family portrait is so special and you want to be documented in this time with your baby! Moms don’t get in photos with their kids enough, so this is something I am soooo excited about- getting that first family portrait, mom and baby, and dad and baby portraits.
Here is more on why your first family portraits are so important!
How will you receive the images? Will they just be available for download? Or do you have them displayed on beautiful heirloom quality canvases and albums? After your session with me, you will come back into the studio to view your beautiful images for the first time, select your favorites, and decide how to display them. You choose how your images are displayed, all on archival quality products. After your products arrive, you will come pick them up!
By asking these questions, you will be able to get a better idea of what to expect from your newborn photographer and whether they are the right fit for you.