Why must these session be taken within the first 14 days.
As a general rule, Yes this is when your newborn is still very peaceful and in that
newborn curl. The first couple of weeks your newborn will change dramatically and
that very precious newborn look will be gone forever. This is also the time when
you are still getting used to have a new addition to your family and are also very
busy with midwifes, health visitors and other members of the family call round, you
often forget the tiny details.
My friend has had good family photographs, she has told me he does newborns too,
Would this be a good choice.
Maybe / Maybe Not, it’s great your friend has had a good experience with a photographer
and we love to hear good stories about fellow photographers. However Newborn photography
has its own very unique skill set and not every photographer will have this skill
set. From personal experience of being a general Portrait photographer, I had to
go on specialist courses to understand this type of photography especially how to
position and safety of newborns. Just because someone is an great photographer, maybe
even award winning, does not mean they can photograph newborns.
I got married recently, and my wedding photographer has offered me a deal to have
my newborn photo session with him, would this be a good choice
As above, Your wedding photographer may have done an amazing job with your wedding,
but have they got the skill set to do a great job with your newborn. (have they been
trained and have experience) look at their portfolio and website if they just aim
mainly at weddings and only use newborn sessions during their quite months. Ask
yourself this, Why did you choose your wedding photographer? Would you have chosen
your wedding photographer if he had a great Newborn Portfolio, but didn’t specialize
My mate has just bought a camera, and has decided he wants to be a newborn photographer
There is a lot of misperception about the photography industry, it seems all you
have to do is pick up a camera and you are now a photographer and all photographers
do is point and click. But if that was true my life would be a lot easier. Nobody
is saying they can’t take good photographers, but is it consistent. As the Newborn
window is so small do you really want to take that chance with an inexperienced photographer?
As if they get it wrong, you may not be able to book a professional newborn photographer
at such short notice as they are usually booked up months in advance.
There are so many photographers saying they “specialise” in Newborns should I choose
just on price.
Whenever you purchase anything we all tend to look at price, but you have to remember
that old saying “you get what you pay for”. Going on price is not a good way to choose
your newborn photographer.
BE AWARE OF “CUT PRICE” PHOTOGRAPHERS: Photography is a very expensive profession,
with newborn photography being one of the more expensive sectors, as besides the
standard photography running costs, hundreds if not thousands of pounds a year spent
on props, backdrops and courses designed especially for newborns and their safety.
If anyone proclaims they can do a Newborn session plus all images on a disc for £50
to £100 alarm bells should be ringing.
Choose a professional photographer and someone who specializes in Newborn photography.
If someone is good at their job the price will reflect that. Cut price photographers
often offer a second grade service and are often the least experienced, remember
the photographer will not only be taking the photographs they will be handling, positioning,
and soothing your baby.
Home or studio (we only offer Studio)
This is a personal choice, there are pros and cons with both.
When having a photographer visit your home you may have to clear a certain size area
for them to work in. (this can be difficult especially if you have had a tough birth
or a C-Section) plus if you have a small house this can be another obstacle, also
when the photographer leaves you then have to move everything back again
Some photographers will work off your dining room table.
Your house work will have to be done. Toilets cleaned, Hoover everywhere, dishes
done. (this can also be difficult at this time especially if your newborn has kept
you awake all night)
Your house may not be at the correct Temperature making it harder to get those amazing
images as when your Newborn is stripped down they can’t control their body temperature
like older children can.
You may have less variety as your photographer can only fit so much in their vehicle.
One advantage is, you don’t have to travel the photographer comes to you.
You don’t have to worry about clearing any space. The photographers studio will be
set up ready for your session.
You can escape for a couple of hours, no house work or no visitors. When you come
home from hospital everyone want to see your newborn, this can be very exhausting
so it’s nice to relax for a couple of hours.
The photographers studio should kept at the correct temperature this ensures your
newborn will be comfy even when stripped down.
The studio should have more choice, in props and backdrops giving you more verity
in your photographs.
What should I look for in a newborn photographer
Look at their portfolio:
Every photographer will have their own style, does their style suit what you like
and want on your wall
Are the images Relaxed, Timeless and classic
Is the baby the main focus or is the scene the main focus
Babies should always look Relaxed, comfortable and safe.
Is the Professional photographer trained and experienced with Newborns
Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer about their training and experience with
newborns. While the photographic industry is unregulated in the UK and no need for
formal qualifications, a professional newborn photographer will have invested in
professional training and always have professional insurance. If they haven’t had
professional safety training, do you really want to hand them your baby.
A Newborn photographer should be able to tell you when and where they have had their
safety and training and how often they keep this updated.
Equally important is experience: An experienced photographer will be very comfortable
holding all newborns no matter what size they are. They should also be able to settle
and soothe even the most unsettled babies and even show you a trick or two for you
to use at home.
Is the photographer a member of any newborn specific associations EG BANPAS
There are many associations for photographers but very few specifically for newborn
photographers. The best Newborn photographers will most likely be member of BANPAS
(Baby and Newborn association) and members will proudly display this.
To become a member, they will have needed to prove that they have professional insurance
as a very minimum. Being a member will demonstrate that they are committed to following
a code of professional conduct, set out by the organisation, which has the best interests
of your baby in mind.
Complex and advanced poses
They are many complex and advance poses, these should always be done with safety
in mind. Many of these images are composite images (several images taken and put
together to get that perfect image). Being in the industry we have heard of some
horror stories of inexperienced untrained photographers trying complex posing and
dropping babies. If you don’t look at anything else, always make sure your baby is
in safe hands