What do I need to know before i choose my newborn photographer
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Picking the perfect newborn photographer – it’s a question a lot of parents mull over. You’re either expecting a bundle of joy or your little one has just arrived, and you want those initial days of your adorable baby girl or boy to be captured in the most magical way. You’ve probably seen those heart-melting poses that make you go “awwww…,” imagining how amazing it’ll be when your own little miracle is all cozied up in a bowl or peacefully napping surrounded by flowers. But then the big question hits: how do they even do that? How can a baby so tiny manage those poses?
That’s when the real research comes into play. If you’re reading my blog, chances are you’ve already checked out my work and found something you liked. And for that, I’m truly grateful, because photographing newborns is my ultimate passion – it’s what fills me with joy. So, let me lend a hand with a bit of advice on what to keep in mind while choosing the perfect newborn photographer. You’re seeking out the person you’ll trust your precious newborn bundle to, after all. 📸👶
lifestyle or posed studio Newborn photography
Chances are, you’ve been hopping around different photographers’ websites, clicking the heart on some and quickly swiping past others. So, let’s get to the heart of the matter: Lifestyle vibes or the posed charm?
Lifestyle newborn photography is all about capturing those precious everyday moments of life – the feedings, naps, nursing cuddles, right in the comfort of your own home. On the flip side, posed photography is like a little studio magic – cute props, snugly baskets and beds, a closet full of adorable outfits, and some nifty wrapping tricks to create those precious poses.
As for me, I’m all about the posed newborn artistry. I’ve love vintage props, those tiny headbands and bonnets, oh, and off course sweet sleepy hats. And don’t even get me started on those adorable rompers and pants! I’m all in for crafting those picture-perfect positions, like tucking in tiny teddy bears and flowers just right. Soft shades like vintage pinks, gentle lavenders, creamy hues, and dreamy blues – they’re my palette.
For most parents, the choice between posed portraits and the candid lifestyle feel is an easy one. They’re like night and day in photography land. Once you’ve got your heart set on what you love, it’s time to dive into the next step. 📸💖
Let’s keep it real – placing a newborn on a blanket and taking a picture isn’t exactly rocket science. Anyone with a camera can pull that off. But turning that moment into newborn art? Well, that’s a whole other ballgame.
The poses you see – they’re not just random positions. They’re meticulously crafted, tweaked, and fine-tuned to be both stunning and safe for those precious babies. Some poses though require a Photoshop mastermind, and trust me, trying them solo is not recommended
Now, let’s talk about the superstar of newborn poses – the “froggy pose.” Almost every parent who steps into my studio wonders about it. Here is the deal – this pose takes blending two separate shots into one, all through Photoshop magic. Trying it without always having a supporting hand on the baby at all times is simply not safe.
So, here’s the scoop: If you’re asking a photographer if they can rock the froggy pose and they’re like, “Sure, never done it but I’ll give it a shot,” consider it a red flag. My advice? Run the other way! On the other side, if you see the froggy pose in a photographer’s portfolio, that’s a gold star. It’s like a neon sign saying, “Hey, I’ve been in the baby business for a while, and I totally know my stuff when it comes to safe, stunning poses.” 🐸📸
Naturally, the financial side is pretty important here. Just like with anything that’s got a price tag, it’s likely to sway your decision. Quality often matches the cost, and that’s the same with photography. But here’s the twist with newborn photography – it’s not like buying something you can return or trade. Those teeny-tiny, adorable moments your newborn gives you? They vanish quicker than you can imagine.
Think of it like your wedding day – you can’t just redo it because you weren’t happy with the photos. Same goes for newborns. There’s a small window, usually in the first two weeks after birth. That’s when they snooze like pros, throw in dreamy smiles, and bend into the most precious poses that are impossible once they grow a bit. Newborn sessions are absolutely possible up to 5 weeks and I do that all the time, but they just tend to be a little easier if done at an earlier stage.
So, when it comes to choosing a photographer, it’s not a small deal. You need to find the one who can make the magic. Dive into their website, check out their work. If you’re hoping for something that doesn’t quite match what you see, chances are it’s not their forte. Their website is like their highlight reel – the best of the best.
Oh, and here’s a reality check: A seasoned photographer won’t be offering up a full-on 3-4 hour photoshoot complete with 30 beautifully edited digital pics for 50 bucks. If that’s what you’re gunning for, maybe just give DIY a shot. Chances are, the results won’t be quite worth even that small bill. 📸💰
The world of newborn props and outfits is like a treasure trove – both endlessly beautiful and sometimes a bit heavy on the wallet. Every tiny, adorable piece I use is a creation of passion from small business owners who adore what they do, just like I do. Each piece is a blend of artistry and comfort, a cozy haven for the baby, crafted from the finest materials – the softest wools, the most delicate laces, handcrafted by true artisans. We’re talking beds, cradles, baskets, furs, wraps, bonnets, flower headbands, hats, teddy bears, dolls, blankets, flowers – the whole gamut of colors, textures, and materials.
And let’s not forget the nitty-gritty – posing beanbags, backdrops, camera gear, lighting setups… all these goodies are quite the investment for any photographer.
Newborn portraits? They’re not just photos; they’re your keepsakes, your memories held in time. Those initial days with your tiny superhero? They’re etched in your heart forever. I always say, “Getting married is a whirlwind, but nothing compares to holding that little bundle for the first time.” These pictures? They’re your memory insurance. Yes, the cost matters, that’s undeniable, but try not to let it rule the show. These images? They’ll be a part of your family for generations, irreplaceable fragments of time. So, when you’re on the hunt, choose a pro – someone who can create both stunning and secure images that you’ll cherish eternally.
Just a heads-up – I’ve got flexible payment options, Afterpay, and gift certificates in the bag, ensuring my packages are within reach for all my wonderful clients. 📸💕
I’m a newborn photographer, and it might sound a bit wild, but I don’t have any professiona newborn photos of my own two adorable children. Crazy, huh? The truth is, when they arrived, I didn’t even know this world existed. Now, my house is like a gallery of my kids’ different stages, but oh, how I wish I had those expertly captured newborn moments from when they first came into my world, rocking it to its core, and teaching me what genuine love truly means.
I’m sharing this because I hope it gives you a little insight into what you should be aiming for the next time you’re scrolling through a photographer’s portfolio. It’s all about making the right call, one that resonates with the significance of these memories. 📸❤️
If you have any more questions, of if there is anything I did not cover, please feel free to contact me.
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