Choosing a newborn photographer is not easy! There are so many photographers out there with different approaches to their sessions, different styles, and different price points. At first, it may seem impossible to choose a newborn photographer among the sea of photographers out there, but it’ll be easier if you know what to look for. Here are some ways to make the choice a little easier.
How to Choose a Newborn Photographer
Posed or lifestyle?
The very first thing you should do to narrow down your list of possible photographers is to decide if you’d like to have a posed or lifestyle session. In a posed session, the baby is, well, posed! Posed newborn sessions are usually done in a studio, although there are some photographers who do offer them during in-home sessions as well. In a lifestyle session, the focus of the session is on capturing the baby in natural interactions with his or her family. Therefore, these unposed, natural sessions are best done at home. Something to consider when opting for a lifestyle session is that you should have a well-lit home, as most photographers who do sessions on-location will use natural light versus studio lighting. If you do not get a lot of beautiful, natural light in your home, look for a photographer with a studio, or a photographer who brings studio lighting to an at-home session.
Now think about your style. Do you prefer images that are classic and timeless? Images that include a lot of props? Color images? Black and white images? The photographer’s style is so important when it comes to the collection of images he/she will put together for you. Make sure you look for consistency in the photographer’s portfolio so that you know the types of images you are going to get on the day of your session. Also, make sure you like the photographer’s selection of hats, headbands, blankets, etc.
Newborn photography is beautiful, but it is very important that your photographer be experienced in order to make sure he/she can create those beautiful images you dream of. Make sure your photographer has plenty of experience working with newborns so that you can be sure he/she will know how to correctly pose your baby in a safe way. Check out the photographer’s portfolio, blog, and social media to make sure he/she has plenty of diversity among his/her clients.
Once you’ve narrowed down your potential photographers, reach out to them to receive access to their pricing. Make sure you completely understand their approach to pricing, as this differs from one photographer to another. Be well-informed as to what their session fee includes and how the images will be delivered to you.
Be sure to ask about the products offered by your photographer. You’ll likely want birth announcements, albums, canvases, and prints from your session. It’s important that your photographer be affiliated with a professional lab in order to have access to the best quality products in the industry.
I hope this post is helpful to you in choosing your newborn photographer! Interested in learning more about what I offer? Idalia Photography is a NJ Newborn Photographer located in Howell, NJ and serves Central New Jersey including Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County, Mercer County and Burlington County. We specialize in classic, timeless images in neutral tones and soft colors – so that your baby is the focus. Click here to view our newborn portfolio or contact us for availability and pricing.