What to look for in a newborn photographer

When I deliver photos to parents in the weeks after their session, they are always amazed at how much their baby has already changed, they often cry at their photos, remembering how tiny they were. The days go in such a haze of feeds, washing and nappy changes that having the reminder of just how precious your baby is can be overwhelming.

Having a baby is the most amazing time in your life, you have grown this little human and the days will go so fast you will soon forget what they looked like in those first few weeks. Choosing a photographer can be really hard, there are so many around, it’s hard to narrow it down. Here are some tips for you when making that important decision:

  1. It’s best to look for someone with experience handling newborns, someone who looks after the safety of your baby throughout the session, this includes someone who is vaccinated against whooping cough as well as the flu.

  2. Have a look through the prospective photographers website gallery and social media pages, if their style appeals to you then this is your photographer - you will cherish your photos forever knowing that you went for someone’s style you loved.

  3. You must also ask yourself “do I really just want the digitals?”. Our world is so full of technology that is so fast to advance, a USB is not going to work in computers in the future, but those photos hanging on your wall will last your lifetime and beyond. Photos are just as precious as your new baby, they have a place on your walls, not on a USB in your drawer that you never get printed.

  4. Does your photographer offer packages? Packages seem daunting to people used to just getting digital files, but they really aren’t. Your photographer cares about you, your photos and how they look on your walls, so packages are the perfect way for you to have professional photographs, from the time they are taken with the camera right through to them hanging on your wall. It’s so important to a child’s emotional wellbeing to grow up in a home where they are acknowledged as being loved, seeing their photos on the wall shows a child their place is in this home and they are loved. Plus the upside is that you don’t need to find somewhere to print your photos while you have a newborn, your photographer will take care of all the hard stuff, making it super easy for you!

  5. Find someone who you trust. It can be difficult when looking for a photographer to see who is trustworthy as most communication is written. Have a look at reviews, look at their gallery and how relaxed their clients look in their photos, ask for the photographers number and call them to get a better feel for their nature, if you feel uneasy about any part of the photographers work, poses, communication, then it’s best to look for another.

  6. Lastly, does your photographer seem friendly, or are you just another number? You need to find someone who makes you feel comfortable, and who will care about you and your family. Having photos taken can make you feel nervous, but it doesn’t need to be like that, find someone you really click with, don’t book the first person you talk to or the cheapest, look around and see who you really feel at ease with.

I hope this helps you in booking someone you trust and who’s style you love. I wish you the best with your pregnancy, and your new journey into parenthood!

Katrina x

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