Selecting a newborn photographer can be overwhelming!
In an oversaturated market, it has become increasingly difficult to find someone who you can trust with your brand-new baby.
Unfortunately, because it is an unregulated industry, there are many inexperienced photographers who practice unsafe methods, putting newborns at risk every day.
There are many important factors to consider when looking for a professional newborn photographer.
I have a few tips to help you make the right decision…
I believe that if you connect with your photographer, you will feel comfortable and confident throughout your session.
During your experience, they should be able to answer all your questions easily and have a system in place to make the process nice and simple.
For reassurance, it may be beneficial for you to read some reviews and testimonials about the photographer too!
All photographers should have public liability insurance to protect you and your family, should anything unforeseen was to happen during your session. A professional business will be fully insured and registered.
Experience & Safety
It is extremely important to understand how to pose a newborn safely and how to identify and avoid potential risks. Safety is paramount!
A trained expert will ensure that your baby is warm, comfortable and supported at all times.
Babies mustn’t be left unattended. All props used, must be suitable for photography purposes and anything top-heavy should contain weights. Where necessary, a spotter should be used (a dedicated assistant or parent).
They will also wear their camera strap around their neck (especially when photographing from above).
Please note: If you see a more complex portrait, it is most likely a composite (where multiple photographs are taken and stitched together in Photoshop).
The health of your baby is vital! Confirm that your photographer has received First Aid and CPR training (for infants and babies).
As you are probably aware, babies are unable to receive all their vaccinations prior to their first photography experience so ensure to check that your photographer has been immunised, especially against Whooping Cough.
The cost of a newborn photographer may vary and should be considered but usually, a professional will be more expensive due to business expenditures.
At the very least, they should have insurance, registration, decent equipment, a website, office and editing software, training/updated qualifications and a marketing system to find you!…
The list goes on. You get what you pay for.
Will their style of photography suit your home, should it be printed to display? A consistent style and portfolio containing high-quality images will help you to understand what they can offer.
Think about what you would like to achieve from your session overall. A professional should be able to offer you digital collections and tangible heirloom products.
Technology is changing consistently so your USB or backup system will corrupt/become outdated. Therefore, it is really important to print your photos!
Professionals work closely with their preferred lab to ensure that your photos are printed to an exceptional standard, using the highest quality materials.
They should also be able to offer you a product to suit your lifestyle/space, whether it be an album to display all the images from your session, a canvas, frame or polished acrylic…
I hope this article has helped! Please feel free to ‘message me‘, should you have more questions… Super happy to assist further!
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