Once your little one arrives (or even beforehand), you may, between the haze of feeding, changing, and trying to sleep, want to plan a photo shoot to capture your baby’s best side. While you may have some pretty svelte photography skills, the benefits of hiring a professional newborn photographer are many – including the fact that they have done it so many times and have all the equipment that you are practically guaranteed some fantastic images to cherish. So how do you go about finding the “best” newborn photographer?
Get to know your potential photographer by asking a few questions, such as how long they have been in business, how many newborn shoots have they completed, whether they have an assistant and your expected participation level in the shoots. As a parent you may be more comfortable handling your newborn yourself; however experienced photographers are excellent at ensuring your baby is not disrupted during scene or costume changes.
Your potential choice’s portfolio will say a lot about their skill level – so look carefully. The babies should all look comfortable, natural, and happy (or asleep). The colors and lighting should be soft and natural. You can also get a sense of their style, and whether it matches your visions for your newborn photos. You’ll know you’ve found the right photographer when you just can stop looking at their work.
While you could find a Groupon or an extremely affordable newborn photographer just about anywhere to take photos of your newborn, do you want to? Most of the “good” photographers can be booked weeks or months in advance, so if you are disappointed with your results you likely won’t get another chance for newborn photos. So think about how much you are willing to pay to get the best photos possible.
Reviews and referrals are one of the best ways to gauge a newborn photographer’s abilities – so ask your friends or look for online review sites. When you do get a chance to meet or talk to a photographer, find out if they have a referral page on their site or past clients you can talk to.
In the end, it’s all on you! Go with your gut and find a photographer whose style, price, experience, and feedback indicate that they are the best match for you and your baby. Don’t forget to book early so you can ensure that you get a “spot” when your baby is still teeny-tiny! Of course, you could always end your search here 🙂
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I love this zoom lens – especially when you are further away from the subject – great for capturing your kids playing sports.
A fantastic prime lens perfect for portraits
The lens is suitable for any shooting situation, with a lens coating and construction type that are optimized to minimize the ghosting and flare that frequently occurs when lenses are used with digital cameras. The lens also offers an ultra-large aperture that produces a narrow depth of field and the type of soft background blur so loved by photographers everywhere.
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This speed lite delivers impressive power, responsive performance and advanced, wireless communication for those who demand the very best in flash photography
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You can never go wrong with using a reflector for fill light – I like the Neewer 43inch for portability and size.
If there was one product (apart from my camera) that I would take to every newborn shoot it has to be the Sleep Sheep. Press Ocean sound and babies love it as it is so calming!
I always get asked what consumer camera to buy and I have found that the Rebel t6i is by far the best for my clients to take gorgeous, high-quality photos and videos that are easy to share