How to choose a photographer for newborn photography

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So you’re expecting a new addition to the family and are excited to capture these moments in the form of portraits. It’s a fantastic idea to capture the tiny details of a newborn and that too, on time, as they grow and change quite quickly and in a matter of days, you’ll miss the chance to capture the true ‘newly born’ look.

Whether your newborn is still on the way or he/she is already here, choosing the right photographer for these snaps should not be rushed and be done diligently. 

Here are some of the main factors you should consider when choosing a photographer for your newborn snaps. 

Safety of your Newborn 

There are many things to consider when making this choice, however, the top priority, in this case, is the safety and security of your newborn. Just because a photographer lists ‘new-born photography’ as one of their services, doesn’t mean that they are trained to handle children at such a young age, care for them throughout the shoot and pose your baby very carefully. It is almost like you taking the precautions and baby-proofing your house to make your living place suitable for an infant to freely roam around. You would want to make sure that the photographer is responsible and provides a secure environment for your baby. 

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The good thing is, now there are recognized training programs available for photographers, who want to develop their expertise in newborn photography. The American Association of Newborn Photography Safety (AANPS) provides detailed training covering subjects like studio cleanliness, posing the newborn safely, immunizations and as well as using props safely amongst other topics. 

Your Preferred Style of Photography 

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This is the second most important one to think about. Even within the realms of newborn photography, there are subcategories of photographers who specialize in a particular kind of style when it comes to newborn pictures. While there is no particular right style, and there is no right or wrong way to do it, it may come down to your personal preference. 

There are many ways to go about it, but newborn photography can be mainly categorized into 3 main sections. 

The Posed Style 

Usually depicting a very gentle look and feel, in this style you’re sleeping newborn is styled and posed in beautiful settings and all curled up in a cuddly wrap and further enhanced with the use of colors and props. 

The Lifestyle 

With lifestyle based newborn photography, the primary objective is to capture a slice of life moment in the baby’s natural setting, along with family and loved ones and symbolizes the arrival of the little one into the family. 

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Baby Leads the way

This is our personal favorite. This is the style you create a relaxing, fun environment around the baby, place safe toys and props to style the frame and let the baby model their own way. These are the ones that capture important memories and natural body placements of the baby which are unique to the baby, the way they make a fist and sleep naturally. 

In short, it is important to check out which form and styling you’d like the session to be in and it’s best to make up your mind beforehand. This will help shortlist your potential photographers and check out their work accordingly to see if they match the kind of look and feel you’re looking for. 

If you’re going for a simple session, it will allow your baby and family to get maximum attention and showcase a more natural look and feel and if you’re looking for a super-styled session, then choose the photographer accordingly and really discuss the colors and props before going for the shoot. 

Budget 

This makes no. 3 on the list of things to consider when choosing a photographer for your newborn. The costs of getting these pictures taken can vary greatly and depends on a number of factors. Celebrity photographers will, of course, cost you an arm and a leg and if you can afford it, why not. If you’re looking for a photographer around the L.A area then you’re the best bet is to go for someone like Laura Jane at www.laurajanestudios.com with a wealth of experience and a budget that doesn’t break your bank.

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It is important to consider that you’re paying for much more than just the photographer’s time. Think of the number of years of experience under his/her belt as well as the quality of equipment and props used. A professional photographer will have studio costs, rentals, insurance, and licenses, etc. not to forget the investments they make in getting proper pieces of training like AANPS 

Timing 

Last but definitely not least, you need to consider the timing of the photo session. Most photographers will be happy to handle babies up to 8 weeks after birth but it’s important to consider that the styling of your photo-session will depend upon how young (and flexible) the baby is.

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Newborns in the first two weeks are beautiful and quite comfortable in bending, moving and even somewhat squishing shapes, and since they are mostly sleeping throughout the day, a posed session will be a treat for a baby younger than 15 days. For babies who spend time in hospitals after birth, it is advised to get the photo session done in the first 7 days of bringing the baby home. 

Conclusion: 

The arrival of a newborn brings with itself a massive joy and this joy should be immortalized in beautiful timeless pictures that the family can cherish for generations. Choosing a photographer for your newborn is, therefore, not a matter to be rushed. Take the time out to discuss with your partner which style would suit you best and what is the budget you are willing to invest in it, then shortlist available photographers based on the list we’ve mentioned above and check out their work. You’ll know you’ve found the right one as their work will speak to your heart the most, and they’ll fit right in your budget.