Having been in the photography business for over fourteen years, we have seen a lot of trends and heard a lot of feedback from our clients. So, I thought today, I'd try to help out a bit by telling you what we have heard that's out there in terms of different newborn packages and how to choose the one that is best for you.
When I was a new mom, I wanted photos of my newborn and really none of me. I hated that I still had those "few pounds" to lose and absolutely did not want to be in front of a camera. So, I got photos of my precious babies and none of me with them. I still regret that to this day. I mean, having photos of me holding my precious bundle in the most adorable poses, who cares about extra pounds.
So, First, ask the photographer if they are willing to do a family photo as well as individuals of you with baby, dad with baby and any siblings with baby. Some photographers include this in their sessions while others prefer to strictly focus on the newborn.
Second, how long are the sessions? Is there a specific time limit? And what happens if baby is fussy and you can't get many shots? Do they reschedule?
Third, will the session be in studio or in your own home? We have found that often not only parents but baby feel more comfortable and relaxed in their own home. Parents have everything they need at their fingertips and have a routine set up for where they feed baby, etc.
Fourth, how about props, outfit, backdrops? Is there a limit? Does the photographer bring or do parents have to supply?
Lastly, experience and safety - how long has the photographer been photographing newborns? Is there always a spotter for baby?
Capturing your baby's first few days of life is so important. Tiny fingers, tiny toes, facial expressions, how really small they are. The newborn stage is so fleeting, and so amazing all at the same time. Try to get your baby photographed within the first four to six days of life before they have realized that they can stretch out completely. You will get the best shots within this time frame as they sleep more and are more easy for photographers to pose.
Talk with the photographer, make sure you are on the same page as to what you are looking for and that you feel comfortable with the photographer handling your little one. If you are relaxed, baby will be relaxed.
If you have any questions regarding newborn sessions, you can always text or email us.