I want the best for you, even if it’s not me | Choosing your newborn photographer

Have you ever heard the words I want the best for you even if it’s not me. Maybe you said them to someone, maybe someone said them to you?

Today I am telling you.  I want you to get exactly what you want out of a photography session and if what you are looking for is not my style or something I do I will direct you to the photographer who will be the best fit for you. I think it is important as an artist to know your strengths and weaknesses and as a photographer to have a niche, something that you are passionate about something that excites you. For me that is photographing newborns. I love working with babies during these first days as I mold them into cute sleepy poses and capture the love of their parents and siblings. I like to use simple delicate props, beautiful textures and focus on the details.

There are so many amazing photographers how does one choose? Here are some tips and things to consider when deciding who you will choose as your photographer:

1. Decide if you want your session to be posed and styled with props or do you want natural, unposed and more photojournalistic. Whether you choose a posed session or lifestyle there are photographers who specialize in each style and some who will do either.

2. Do you want to have the session done in a photography studio or in your home. Obviously if you want a lifestyle session you would have the session take place in your home but ideally if you want a posed session you would go to a photographer’s studio. Some photographers will travel for posed sessions and some without a space only travel.

3. Look at each photographers images. Check out their portfolio on their website, their latest blog posts and social media. Ask the photographer if you can see a gallery of their most recent session. This will almost guarantee there will be no surprises for your session. You can get a good idea of what your session will look like from a photographers portfolio and most recent work.

4. Don’t choose your photographer based solely on price. I suggest choosing the top three photographers that you want to work with and look not only at your budget but their style and personality as well.

5. Be sure to have a phone conversation with your photographer  before you book the session. You want to be comfortable with your photographer and get a sense of who they are. Are they excited to work with you, do you trust them? Find out how long they have been in business and how much experience they have with newborns. Photographing newborns takes a lot of patience as well as knowledge of safety techniques. Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer for testimonials.

They are only this little for a little while and I want you to have images that you love and can treasure forever to remember this magical time!