So, you’re looking for a photographer for your newborn session.
The question is, how do you choose the best newborn photographer for you?
In this blog I’m going to simply advise on a few things I say to look out for and when to book.
When to book –
I recommend booking your newborn session in from your 20 week scan. You can always book before this of course. Many have. Booking too late runs the risk of your choice of photographer having no availability, so book a provisional date early to secure your session with them.
I want to book XYZ as I love their photos but Brenda down the road charges alot less –
It’s easy to cut corners by taking on your uncle bob or your friend who just bought a camera or who isn’t a professional at newborn session photography, or who offers incredibly cheap prices. Well, the proof is in the pudding that you get what you pay for in life. With your newborn portraits, they are a life investment so if you find someone offering you a session with 100 photos for £50, alarm bells should indeed be ringing.
Besides, no one really needs 100 photos. Who has the space on their walls?
With 7 years experience and a ton of training plus using the best products around, I promise your investment is worth it. Just check my reviews and you can see what my clients think.
How do I know I’m putting my baby in safe hands?
Don’t ever be afraid to ask your potential photographer about their professional newborn training they have had. We are more than happy to answer and are proud of what we have invested into ourselves to give you, our client, the best experience.
I have personally taken multiple first aid training sessions and have also trained with the best trainers in the UK newborn industry.
Really, anyone can simply buy a camera and call themselves a photographer. But when it comes to your baby, I personally advise using someone experienced. Sadly, there are so many horror stories out there when babies are put in the hands of untrained and inexperienced newborn photographers.
Using a photographer without professional training is putting your newborn baby at risk so I ask that you’re vigilant and only used a high reputable, experienced professional photographer.
A few questions to look out for –
• Look at their reviews, are they positive? Check their social media and google.
• How do they interact online with past and potential new clients.
• Can you see how they feel about their job? Do they love what they do?
• Do they allow for siblings in for the newborn session? (I know I know, it’s crazy to believe that some don’t!
• Do they have all their information on a website rather than just social media?
How do they get certain poses?
Any professional newborn photographer will happily talk you through the poses your newborn will be in. There are certain poses that require digital assistance when it comes to completing an image.
For example – the Froggy pose
I take these two images, never once letting go of him. Safety over any image, ever.
I then place both images into photoshop and create this…
Isn’t he so adorable? Ok ok, back to the subject.
Your baby should never be put in a dangerous position as where they could fall. A spotter should always be around when they are in a prop and all props should be deemed safe.
What if my baby is premature?
I would recommend asking your photographer if they have ever had the honour of photographing premature babies before.
You want to make sure that when you tell them your baby is premature, that they ask questions about their medical health, and if all is ok for them to come to their session rather than immediately booking a date. You need to know baby is ok for their time in the studio.
What age should the photographer photograph my baby?
All newborn photographers are different. Some will only photograph babies up until 2 weeks. Some like myself will shoot a newborn session up to 6-8 weeks. If your baby is beyond 2 weeks, the photographer should advise you that your baby may not be as curly as a baby under 2 weeks but that without doubt they should still create a beautiful gallery for you.
I personally will never turn away any baby despite their age, rather I prefer to manage expectations of your little ones session.
For instance, your older newborn may be awake for most of the session, or they may be sleepy like Kiari here who was 6 weeks during his newborn session.
Great newborn photographers get booked up months in advance.
Don’t get stuck finding your perfect photographer only to find that they’re completely booked up with no space.
It’s best to book early. From your 20 week scan as advised above to secure your session.
If you are late booking, didn’t think to book a newborn photographer for example. It is still worth contacting the photographer of choice to see if they can possibly squeeze you in. Always worth a shot!
If you should wish to book in with Dinky Days Photography, I would love to hear from you. You can do so by clicking >> here << .
Wondering my pricing? Simply click here and scroll down. Remember, no package needs to be chosen until your viewing session around 7-10 days after your newborn session.