Planning your newborn session. A common thing I am asked about often and that is newborn sessions and in particular planning your newborn session. I have been photographing newborns for coming up 6 years now and have learnt a LOT along the way. So I thought a short blog post to give a few tips on what to keep in mind when choosing your newborn photographer and planning your newborn session. Whether you are local to me or live on the other side of the world, I can guarantee these simple things are a great guideline to go by.
So let’s get started –
- STYLE – Photography is an art meaning that every photographer will have their own style. Yes you will find some similar styles out there but as a whole each photographer will have their own unique, individual style. You should check out their website, see their portfolio, and social media to make sure that you are in love their images and can see those hanging on YOUR wall. My style. Personally with my newborns, I like to combine both lifestyle type shots and posed, curled squishy baby shots so my sessions can be catered toward one over the other or most of my sessions have a combination of each. I love natural organic tones but also love to play with splashes of usually pastel colours that you will see in some of my images.
- SAFETY – The safety of a newborn should be paramount to any parent and photographer. In fact I could easily do a full blog post on this alone. As a parent myself I know I wanted to be 100% comfortable with the person handling my brand new bundle at such a young age (remembering newborns are usually photographed within the first 14 days of life). Knowing that they have done some training and continue to practise newborn safety would be of great importance to me as a Mother/Parent. This is not only handling your baby but also making sure your photographer is fully immunised against things such a whooping cough which can be deadly to a newborn. I recommend checking recommendations and reviews to see what others are saying about how the photographer handled their baby, did they feel at ease? And Images like below take a lot of skill, both posing and editing and practise and are called composite images. This is when two images are taken and then combined during post production to create the final product and they shouldn’t be attempted by anyone without proper training and education. I do take requests for these poses however I will never promise anything to parents because each baby is so different and sometimes some babies just will not be cooperative enough to do them and safety will always come first.
- BOOK EARLY – When planning your newborn session remember you are purchasing something you will treasure forever, a keepsake to be passed on through generations. Coming from a Mum of 4 who doesn’t have these images with her own children, let me say this – You will never get this time back, they grow up way too fast and soon those times when they were BRAND new, when their hands were all wrinkly and hair whispery will just become a faded memory. I would do anything to go back in time to get these images of my own babies and through multiple conversations over the years I am not the only one. So please try to be organised and book in whilst you are still pregnant because most newborn photographers will limit their bookings each month and once your baby is here the time will fly and the last thing on your mind will be trying to find a photographer.
PRICING – When planning your newborn session, be sure to ask to see the full pricing guide. You want to have a good idea on how much you are looking at to get your prints and or digitals along with the session fee. Try to appreciate the amount of work, the training not to mention the other parts of running a business that you don’t see, all of those things that go into creating these images for you, art that you to keep forever. Things like insurances, marketing costs, editing time, the things you don’t see to make a business run smoothly. Some businesses like myself will have a few different payment options too so be sure to ask about those.
Thank you for reading my first new blog post! I hope I have given you a few ideas on things to think about when you are planning your newborn session.
I appreciate any feedback you have and I look forward to seeing you and or your baby in front of my camera soon!