Choosing Your Newborn Photographer
If you are currently pregnant and thinking of booking a newborn photographer to photograph your new addition, this blog post is for you!
Newborn photography is now very popular in the UK, and thus, creating high demand for it, which in turn has led to an increasing number of photographers now offering this service to you.
Once you have decided to look for a newborn photographer in your area and venture out into the world of Google or Facebook to find one, your likely to be struck with the huge range of pricing, from the cheap end with all the images on a disc, to the very expensive session fee and the expensive products afterwards.
So, why such a huge difference, and how do you know which one to go for?
I could go into all the boring details of how professional photographers running a fully insured business, paying tax and having invested in expensive training and equipment costs a heck of a lot of money, but I’m sure you’re not interested and why would you be? What you do care about is, does the photographer know what they are doing? and will your precious new baby be in good hands, and ultimately walking away with images that you will love and treasure.
The likely hood is, the photographer at the bottom end of the pricing offering a cheap session with all the images included on a disc, does not have years of experience, nor have they had any specialist training in safe newborn posing, and is also not running a fully insured professional business and paying taxes. The reason being, to do those things is an expensive affair and for those starting out in photography is it not possible initially, as I know they weren’t for me. This does not mean they are a bad photographer, but the main issue is the safety of your newborn baby.
“Newborn safety is something that is at the forefront and paramount in my newborn sessions”
Newborn safety is something that is at the forefront and paramount in my newborn sessions. I have dedicated lots of time and invested lots of money in taking the right training in this specialist field of photography to ensure your baby is handled in the safest possible way. I am very patient with all babies to get the images you see in my portfolio; I never rush and I never put your baby into a position they are uncomfortable in and I am 100% confident that every family I have worked with will testify to that. Therefore, my newborn photography sessions can take between 2-4 hours, as they are baby led with plenty of time to soothe, feed and pose your little bundle safely.
“There is no other area of photography where you hand over your child to the photographer for most of the session, so, please choose your newborn photographer wisely – you need to be confident your baby is in good hands”
Many of the newborn images you will see are taken between 4 and 14 days of your baby’s arrival. At this age, most babies are not aware of what is going on around them and will often sleep throughout the entire session. Their cartilage is soft and therefore we can achieve those lovely curled up poses your baby would have taken in the womb. Once your baby is past this age they tend to be more awake and less curled up, so it is less likely those newborn poses will be achieved.
- I am a fully insured professional photographer
- I am trained by the Newborn Workshops in safe posing, soothing and handling of your newborn baby and I am a specialist in the field of newborn photography
- I am a PRO member of BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photography Association) Only 10% of BANPAS members achieve this
- I am a mobile newborn photographer, so I come to you in the comfort of your own home. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about traveling in those early days with your new baby
- I have an extensive range of props for you to use during your newborn photography sitting
- Read what my clients say on Facebook and Google
Here are a few questions to consider before booking your newborn photographer.
- Do they have professional insurance and public liability?
- Are they professionally trained and experienced?
- Are they a member of any specific photography associations such as BANPAS?
- Are they a specialist in the field?
- Do they have a studio or are they mobile?
- Do they provide the props, or do you have to buy your own?
- Do they have a good reputation and happy clients?
- Do you love the photographer’s images; are the images you see in their portfolio ones you would love to have hanging on your wall?
- What age of baby will they work with?
If you are interested in booking your first baby portraits with me, I’d advise to get in touch soon after your 12 week scan. This is because of the nature of newborns, they do not always arrive close to the due date and I only take a limited number of newborn bookings per month to allow flexibility in my diary.
Although I have invested lots of time and money into becoming a specialist newborn photographer, I want to ensure that my sessions are available as an investment to everyone. I simply would require a booking fee to secure your session and then after the session you will be provided with a fully edited online gallery where you can choose to purchase prints and products separately.
I hope you have found this blog post useful and it has helped you when choosing your newborn photographer.
To book or if you have any questions, please get in touch.