Advice for selecting an amazing Newborn Photographer
Once your little one arrives (or even beforehand), you may, between the haze of feeding, changing, and trying to sleep, want to plan a photo shoot to capture your baby’s best side. While you may have some pretty svelte photography skills, the benefits of hiring a professional newborn photographer are many – including the fact that they have done it so many times and have all the equipment that you are practically guaranteed some fantastic images to cherish. So how do you go about finding the “best” newborn photographer?
Step One: Start with the facts
Get to know your potential photographer by asking a few questions, such as how long they have been in business, how many newborn shoots have they completed, whether they have an assistant and your expected participation level in the shoots. As a parent you may be more comfortable handling your newborn yourself; however experienced photographers are excellent at ensuring your baby is not disrupted during scene or costume changes.
Step Two: Check the portfolio
Your potential choice’s portfolio will say a lot about their skill level – so look carefully. The babies should all look comfortable, natural, and happy (or asleep). The colors and lighting should be soft and natural. You can also get a sense of their style, and whether it matches your visions for your newborn photos. You’ll know you’ve found the right photographer when you just can stop looking at their work.
Step Three: Balance price versus value
While you could find a Groupon or an extremely affordable newborn photographer just about anywhere to take photos of your newborn, do you want to? Most of the “good” photographers can be booked weeks or months in advance, so if you are disappointed with your results you likely won’t get another chance for newborn photos. So think about how much you are willing to pay to get the best photos possible.
Step Four: Ask around
Reviews and referrals are one of the best ways to gauge a newborn photographer’s abilities – so ask your friends or look for online review sites. When you do get a chance to meet or talk to a photographer, find out if they have a referral page on their site or past clients you can talk to.
In the end, it’s all on you! Go with your gut and find a photographer whose style, price, experience, and feedback indicate that they are the best match for you and your baby. Don’t forget to book early so you can ensure that you get a “spot” when your baby is still teeny-tiny! Of course, you could always end your search here 🙂
When you’re ready to book your next photo shoot with Jane, call 917-744-3310 or fill out the contact form here.
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