How to Choose the Right Baby Photographer for Your Little One
There is nothing quite like capturing the special moments in our lives, and with a baby on the way, those moments are even more precious. Choosing the right newborn photographer is a big decision! After all, you’re making an investment in creating memories that will last a lifetime. You'll want someone who will capture your little one's unique personality and be able to bring out their best during photoshoots. Here are some tips on how to make sure you pick the right newborn photographer for you.
Do Your Research
When it comes to choosing a baby photographer, you want someone who will lead the shoot at baby’s pace and with baby’s comfort in mind at all times. Customer reviews and word of mouth are a great way to find out about how a particular photographer works. Whilst you may be tempted to ask your wedding photographer, or your friend “who also happens to be a fashion photographer”, do note that the final pictures will often show if that photographer isn’t specialised in babies and doesn’t have the knack for babies.
Check Their Portfolio
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential newborn photographers consider their portfolio. Check to see if their style matches what you are looking for in terms of lighting, composition, and editing styles, so that the end result feels like “you” when it comes time for your final photos. There is a trend towards “natural moments” in baby and family photography at the moment. Whilst this is brilliant, you may want to consider just how “natural” certain pictures are in their final state – are the pictures corrected for (the very naturally occurring) blemishes, double chins, fly away hairs, etc. Consider whether your photographer of choice would go the extra mile to edit any details you may not be too happy with, or whether they leave the picture as the moment really was.
With newborn and very tiny babies, it’s always best to keep the session indoors, as they are just too tiny and sensitive to outdoor environments. Your best options are to choose between a studio and an at home session. At home sessions are brilliant for keeping things comfortable and in familiar surroundings, there will be less prepping bags to head out and a bit more of prepping your spaces to be photoshoot ready. Do consider your spaces and what the light and background look like. Central London is home to many expats who rent and may or may not have had a say in what their interiors look like. If that’s you, and you don’t feel the style of your home is very “you”, you may prefer a studio look with a clean modern and minimalist feel.
Schedule a Consultation
Once you've done some research, it’s time to start reaching out to potential photographers and asking questions about their services, packages, availability, and pricing. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions that come to mind; this is an important decision after all! Make sure the photographer answers all of your questions thoroughly so that you're comfortable with the details of working with them before making a final decision
Finding the right baby photographer for your little one doesn't have to be overwhelming if you know how to do your research! With these tips in mind, you'll be able to narrow down potential photographers quickly and easily and find one who suits your needs. All that's left is finding that perfect location for the shoot – happy hunting!