How to Choose your Newborn Photographer? Tips by New York City Newborn Photographer
Dec 18, 2020 | By: Camille CD Photography
Are you expecting? Or you welcomed a little bundle of joy recently? Your little one will be that small only for a short time, and doing a newborn photography session is most likely on your mind. Find the best tips for choosing your newborn photographer by NYC Newborn Photographer
Finding a newborn photographer can be stressful. Newborn portraits will likely be some of the most treasured of your life, and your newborn photographer will handle your baby when s/he is fresh out of the womb and vulnerable (and you are maybe new to parenthood). You will want to ensure that your baby is in excellent hands before booking your session. Here are some criteria to consider when choosing a newborn photographer.
Safety is THE most important criteria to take into account when choosing your newborn photographer. You likely did a lot of research on the safest car seat, crib, the best pediatrician for your little one. You will want to extend this level of excellence when choosing your newborn photographer. Here are a few questions to consider when choosing the right person for your session:
Did the photographer receive in-person newborn training?
Is the photographer vaccinated?
What is the sick policy?
How often is the studio cleaned?
Are the blankets/props washed after each session?
Is there an assistant in the studio?
Is the photographer insured?
Are there any additional precautions taken due to COVID?
FIND A SPECIALIST
Hiring a photographer with specific expertise in newborn and baby photography will ensure you the best possible portraits. Newborn photographers know the best poses, lighting patterns and have all the equipment required to create beautiful newborn images. They can also give styling advice and understand that babies and parents need cuddling and feeding breaks. As mentioned above, professional newborn photographers also have specific training to handle the little ones and keep them safe.
Over the years, many different styles of newborn photography have emerged. To find the best match, think about your style and personality and how you want your images to look:
Color palette: do you prefer colorful, light and airy, earthy, moody images?
Posing: do you like posed babies, lifestyle or baby-led posing?
Genre: do you prefer whimsical, artistic, natural, or classic portraits?
The best way to find a photographer you like is to look at their portfolio and visit their website.
Think about the way you envision your photos and the option that fits your family best. A few things to consider are:
Do you prefer the clean and elegant look of a professional studio or the documentary-style of an in-home session?
Is it easier for you to go to a studio or to stay at home?
How far away is the photo studio you like?
Is there a lot of natural light in your home?
Choosing a newborn photographer that works in your desired location is an essential selection criteria.
Pricing depends on numerous factors: photographer’s experience, quality of the portfolio, services, location, customized or generic client experience, product offering, design services, to name a few.
Once you have found a photographer that you like, ask for their detailed pricing information. Make sure to ask questions if you need more clarity on the investment guide or the contract you need to sign. Here a few points you might want to consider:
Pricing: Do you pay a one-time fee that includes the session time and digitals? Do you pay a separate fee for the session only and choose your products afterward?
Sales process: Do you buy your images in an online gallery? Do you go for an in-person appointment to choose your portraits and design your products?
Who is being photographed: Does the pricing cover portraits of baby only, baby and parents, siblings, and other family members?
What rights do you have on the images you buy?
Digitals and artwork: do you want to buy digitals only? Do you want to buy albums, frames, fine-art prints? Do you need someone to design art pieces for your home?
If you are interested in additional services, ask your photographer if it something that they can provide. For example, you might want:
professional hair and make-up done at the studio
styling services and advice on what to wear
access to a client closet provided by the photographer
galleries, frames, albums and birth announcements design
Most photographers have a clause in their contract allowing them to use your newborn photos in any way they want. If privacy is important to you, ask your photographer to adapt their contract to protect your privacy (be aware that many photographers charge an additional fee for privacy).
If you are looking to do a newborn photo session in the New York area, contact us! Our NYC baby photography studio specializes in pure and classic newborn photography.
As a NYC professional newborn photographer, safety is my UTMOST priority. I received in-person newborn training with some of the best photographers in the industry, and continuous education is part of my work ethic. I have been photographing babies for years and I am fully comfortable with newborns and their parents. I am up to date with my vaccinations and get the flu shot every year. Our sick policy is very flexible in case any party is feeling under the weather.
Our New York City newborn photo studio is cleaned before and after each session, as well as all our blankets, props, and dresses. The studio is insured, and we are taking additional precautions due to COVID-19.
Our newborn photography style has been described as light and airy, organic, simple, classic, timeless, elegant and pure.