Top 5 Tips for Choosing a Newborn Photographer
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
By Carrie Adams Photography
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It’s time to research and find your professional newborn photographer, but what are the top things you should consider when selecting the right photographer for you? As an experienced newborn photographer, I’ve created a “Top 5 Tips” list to help you select your newborn photographer.

 

#1 Health

A baby’s immune system is not fully developed until they are around 6 months old. Because of this, it is our responsibility as parents to ensure that we are providing our children with a healthy environment. Often, we think about this at home but can assume that other professionals take the same care that we do. As the mother of 2 girls, it’s a huge responsibility and one we should consider strongly when choosing a newborn photographer.

  • Don’t hesitate to ask your photographer, are you up to date on vaccines like flu and pertussis?
  • Are the blankets and props washed between sessions?
  • Will they wash their hands before handling your newborn baby?

 

#2 Safety

Safety is extremely important. I have been a neonatal ICU nurse for 9 years so I have years of professional experience handling babies.

  • How many years of experience does the photographer have working with newborns?
  • Do they have any children of their own or close family who has newborns in the past few years? This may seem like a personal question but you may be able to find the answer from their website.
  • Do you get the feeling that they like working with children? Trust your mommy instincts.

 

#3 Experience

Be sure to check the level of experience of your newborn photographer. After all, you’re paying for the service and deserve to work with a professional from start to finish.

  • How many years have they been doing newborn work?
  • Are there any additional trainings, workshops or certifications that they would like to share?

 

#4 The Work

Every photographer has a unique approach and style. Are you looking for more lifestyle imagery or posed pictures? I choose to do a mix of both but some photographers prefer shooting one over the other. I also specialize in natural light photography for newborns.

  • Do you have an understanding from looking at pictures they type of style of newborn photographs that your photographer specializes in?
  • Do you have samples from Pinterest or other platforms of favorite shots you’d like to get?
  • Are there samples from the photographer’s website that are your favorite?
  • Do they provide props or are they willing to incorporate your props into the pictures?

Share these images and discuss with your photographer to make sure that the two of you are on the same page and are working towards the same result.

 

#5 Location

Do you have a preference of studio vs. in-home (on location) for your newborn photos?  If you aren’t sure, take a look at some favorite images from Pinterest, other platforms and the photographer’s own website. Look at the style of photograph to determine if it was shot in studio or on location. Discuss with your photographer to see if they can take the pictures where you desire.

  • Will your photographer accommodate your request for the shoot location?
  • Is there a difference in cost for in home newborn photography sessions vs. newborn photos shot in the studio?

 

If you are local to the Jacksonville area, I’d love to work with you and be your newborn photographer. I specialize in natural light photography. If you have any questions I have not answered here please contact me.

- Carrie Adams

 

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