Are you newly pregnant (or pretty far along!) and wondering exactly what you need to know when booking a newborn photography session? I’ve got answers to the most frequently asked questions right here! Let’s dive in….
How far in advance should I book a newborn photographer?
Booking a newborn photographer well in advance is highly recommended to ensure availability and secure your preferred photographer. Newborn photography sessions are typically scheduled within the first two weeks after birth when babies are sleepier and more flexible, allowing for those adorable poses and intimate shots.
Ideally, you should start your search for a newborn photographer during your pregnancy, preferably around the beginning of your third trimester. This allows you enough time to research, compare portfolios, and make a well-informed decision. Once you have identified a photographer whose style and expertise align with your vision, don’t hesitate to reach out and inquire about their availability.
In-demand newborn photographers often have limited slots, so it’s best to book your session as soon as possible to secure a spot on their calendar. By booking in advance, you can rest assured knowing that your photographer will be available to capture those precious early moments of your newborn’s life.
What should I look for in a newborn photographer’s portfolio?
When evaluating a newborn photographer’s portfolio, there are several key factors to consider to ensure their style and expertise align with your vision and expectations. Here are some essential elements to look for in a newborn photographer’s portfolio:
Consistency: Assess the consistency of their work by looking at multiple samples of newborn photography sessions. Pay attention to the overall quality, composition, lighting, and attention to detail. Consistency indicates the photographer’s ability to deliver consistently beautiful results.
Posing and Safety: Newborns are delicate, and their safety during the photography session should be the utmost priority. Examine the poses captured in the portfolio and ensure that the babies are positioned safely and comfortably. The photographer should have experience and knowledge in safely posing newborns to avoid any potential harm. (ALP has completed safety certifications with the APNPI, the world’s leading newborn posing safety organization!)
Variety: Look for a variety of poses, settings, and props in the portfolio. A diverse portfolio showcases the photographer’s creativity and versatility. It also allows you to see if their style aligns with your preferences, whether you prefer minimalist, whimsical, or themed setups. (ALP features a minimalist, clean and classic setting to truly highlight every detail of your brand new little one! My modern white studio makes skin tones pop and really brings the focus onto your beautiful baby.)
Attention to Details: A skilled newborn photographer pays attention to the smallest details that make a difference in the final images. Look for close-up shots capturing tiny fingers, toes, and facial features. The focus on details demonstrates the photographer’s commitment to capturing the unique qualities of your newborn.
Emotional Connection: Evaluate whether the portfolio evokes emotions and captures the essence of the newborn and the bond with their family. The photographer should be able to capture those intimate, heartfelt moments that reflect the love and joy surrounding your baby’s arrival.
Editing Style: Take note of the editing style used in the portfolio. Some photographers prefer a more natural, documentary-style editing, while others may employ artistic enhancements or specific color tones. Choose a photographer whose editing style resonates with your personal aesthetic preferences.
By carefully reviewing a newborn photographer’s portfolio, you can gain valuable insights into their skills, creativity, and ability to capture the essence of this precious stage in your baby’s life.
Can I include my older children in the newborn photography session?
Absolutely! Including older siblings in your newborn photography session can be a wonderful way to capture the bond between your children and create lasting memories. It’s a great opportunity to document the joy and excitement of your growing family.
When considering including older children in the session, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Age and Cooperation: Consider the age and temperament of your older children. If they are old enough to understand and follow directions, it will be easier to involve them in the session. Younger children may require additional patience and guidance from the photographer to ensure their participation.
Timing: Newborn photography sessions can be quite lengthy, as they involve capturing various poses and settings. Keep in mind that younger children may have shorter attention spans, so it’s important to plan accordingly. Discuss with your photographer about scheduling breaks or shorter sessions to accommodate the needs of your older children. (ALP has specific policies honed over 7 years of experience to make the best of the images including your older children!)
Clothing and Coordination: Coordinate the outfits of all family members, including the older siblings, to create a cohesive and visually pleasing look. It’s a good idea to consult with your photographer regarding outfit choices and color schemes that will work well together in the final images.
Expectations and Flexibility: Understand that including older children in the session may require some flexibility and patience. Younger siblings may not always cooperate or be as interested in posing for photos. A skilled newborn photographer will have experience working with children of different ages and will be able to handle any challenges that may arise during the session.
Including older children in your newborn photography session can result in heartwarming and memorable photographs that showcase the special bond between siblings. Discuss your intentions with your chosen photographer beforehand to ensure they can accommodate your request and plan the session accordingly.
That’s it for Part 1, click here to read on in Part 2 of the most frequently asked questions about Newborn Photography Sessions!
June 16, 2023