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How to Choose a Newborn Photographer

by Margaret Breen • May 11th, 2016

GUEST POST: Denise Carty, Photographer

Your baby is the most beautiful thing you’ll ever create. You’ll probably take hundreds, if not thousands, of snapshots with your camera and phone. If you are looking for a professional photographer to capture your gorgeous bundle of joy, here are some tips!

1. Portfolio

Ask to see their portfolio, or just take some time and go through their website. Every newborn photographer has a different style and vision. Photography is a very personal experience, and regardless of trends or what is in ‘style,’ make sure you choose a photographer that’s right for you. Choose a newborn photographer whose work you can’t live without – that pulls on your heart strings, and speaks to you. This is a moment in time that you will never be able to get back – so take your time and find the photography style that you love, as these photographs will become a part of your family history for generations.

2. Experience

Ask how long they have been in business, and about their education. An experienced newborn photographer will know all of the industry secrets about posing, soothing and, most importantly, safety for your newborn. There are many workshops and newborn photography courses that are available for photographers covering topics like safety and comfort of your child during the session. Why not ask where they learned their skills? This is an important question, and will help you decide if they are a right fit for you.

3. Investment

This is the last thing we mention, for a reason. The investment of a newborn session differs from photographer to photographer, and where you live. Although cost is a factor and rightfully so, try not to make it the only factor.

These photographs will be in your family for generations, they will be shown again in 30 years time at your child’s wedding, then resurface when your child is expecting their own baby. When you hold these photographs in 35-40 years time, you will close your eyes and be able to recall everything about your child when they were newborns – their baby ‘smell’, the warmth of their bodies, their little fingers and toes. These photographs will not only serve as documentation – they will serve as food for your soul. Although cost is a factor, it shouldn’t be the deciding factor. Choose a professional newborn photographer that will provide you with stunning images that you can’t live without.

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