Regardless of which type of newborn session is right for you and your family, there are a few things to consider before booking a photographer: • When viewing the photographer’s website, ask yourself: in 20 years from now, will you still love the image, or will you wonder why you choose that type of photography? Basically, will the image be timeless? • Are there any photographs on the photographer’s website that include the parents? It is SO important to be photographed with your newborn. You and your partner are just as important as the baby, after all! • If you decide to go for posed photography, ask the photographer if you go to them, or if they come to you. Also, ask about their safe practices policy. Do they do composite images (for the froggy pose, for example)? The photographer should be a specialist in their genre. • If you decide to go for lifestyle photography, look for a photographer that specializes in this style also. View their website in detail and look at recent sessions on their blog. It’s very important that the photographer knows how to pose people correctly, so the baby’s face isn’t always hidden. • Did the lifestyle photographer capture the emotion of the session? Do the parents seem genuinely happy or are the smiles forced?
A set of three framed prints above the baby’s crib A big framed print above the couch A gallery wall in your hallway / staircase An heirloom photo album A couple of small prints for the grandparents’ mantelpiece A birth announcement/thank you card
Lifestyle & documentary newborn sessions take place in your home. They are perfect for families with older siblings, for a Fresh 48 session, to include pets in the photos, for parents who don’t like to pose and simply parents looking to capture what it felt like to welcome a new baby at home.
Photographers will generally charge a session fee (and add on the package or products afterwards like I do) or include it in an upfront package. It is very important to read and understand the pricing and packages available before confirming your booking.
Style is important, but even more important is how you feel about the images you see. Chances are that if you feel emotions by looking at other babies photographs, you are going to feel a lot more when it comes to your own.
Another thing to note is that the photographer usually prefers the baby to be between six to ten days old at the time of the session. The photographer may come to your home, but more often than not, the photographer has a studio and would like you to come to them. This is a big thing to consider because as a new mom, you may not feel up to leaving your home in the first two weeks after birth.
First, there is the very well-known, posed newborn session. This session typically takes about three to four hours to conduct. The reason for this is because it is essential for the baby to be in a deep sleep in order for the photographer to pose the baby.
If you are reading this, you might be pregnant or you just had a baby (congratulations!) and you would like to hire a professional photographer to capture this beautiful little creature and help you freeze a moment in time. You might not know where to start and how to go about picking one.
Within this style of photography, you might also find different variations: the amount of props, the positions, the editing style, the quality of the family photos. All of it is important as well. Make sure to look at the photographer’s portfolio and see if you connect with the images. Do not assume that the photographer will change his/her style to match your tastes. I would always advise going for a timeless style (editing and props) that will not look dated in a few years time.
The photographer, and the clients, need to allow time to get the baby to sleep, feedings, changing, soiled blanket removal, adjusting poses, adding props etc. All this must be done slowly and quietly so that the baby doesn’t wake up. Some photographers will do composite poses, like the “frog” pose, where the baby’s head appears to be held up by their arms. Please know that this is actually two images combined into one, and the photographer has an assistant hold the head in place. Other poses include more traditional, sleepy poses, and often hats, bows, bonnets, and even more recently, knit pants are used as props.
A lifestyle session involves a lot of cuddling with mom and dad (and siblings). They are usually done in the client’s home, and would involve using a number of different rooms in the home. I personally prefer to use the master bedroom, living room, and sometimes even the kitchen. A more journalistic approach is taken during the session, and while I will pose the family for a number of photographs, I’ll also capture those in-between moments during diaper changes, feedings and extra cuddles. I feel that these are important moments to capture. I’ve been thanked on several occasions for including those types of images because a few months down the road, those memories have begun to fade, and the client is thankful to have them to cherish.
This question is partly linked to the previous questions as most posed photography happens in a studio and most lifestyle & documentary photography happens in the comfort of your own home.
There are three main styles of newborn & baby photography: posed, lifestyle and documentary. This is very important that you start by picking which style you are drawn to as it will save you a lot of time in searching the perfect photographer.
Personally, it would have been a real challenge to be on time for a photo session outside my home in the first 6 weeks, and near impossible in the first 2 weeks (I think the only expedition we did was for the BCG, and I didn’t have to apply makeup or change out of my yoga pants).
If you are worried about welcoming a photographer into your messy house, don’t be! We know what it is. Personally, I am not there to give you more work and would hate for you to feel embarrassed (I’ve been there!).
If you are hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of your baby, is it to share them on Facebook or receive high-quality tangible items that you will love for years to come?
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Again, there is no right or wrong answer here. It can be nice when having a new baby to get out of the house and get a change of scenery.
Choosing the perfect newborn photographer isn’t easy! Let me give you a call to discuss. If I am not the right fit for you, I have no problem recommending a photographer whose style is a better fit for you.
Whatever it is you are looking for, make sure to pick a photographer who offers exactly that.
Congratulations! You’re pregnant and due in the next six to eight weeks. It’s time to select a newborn photographer. You may already have a favourite photographer picked out, but if you don’t, here’s some information to help you choose the right one for you.
If you are drawn to candid moments, lifestyle and/or documentary photography will be a better choice for you. Both styles aim to capture real moments, one with a little more directing that the other. Lifestyle and documentary newborn sessions are very relaxed and the photographer will focus on emotions and connections between the baby and the other family members. Details are not forgotten and any special blanket, toy or outfit can be a part of the session.
Finally, if you can, meet the photographer before booking or talk to him/her on the phone. It’s important to feel comfortable around the person who is going to (maybe) come to your home and photograph your baby and family. It is always a lot easier to relax around someone you know a little and same goes with your partner and children.
The second type of newborn photography that is gaining momentum is called lifestyle newborn photography. This session typically takes less time (usually one and a half to two hours) and doesn’t NEED to be done when baby is between six to ten days of age. The baby isn’t required to be asleep, and in fact, many parents love the awake shots, where those big, bright newborn eyes are staring into the camera as we try to discern what they may be thinking!
If you are drawn to posed newborn photography, look for a photographer who has plenty of experience and will focus on making you and your baby comfortable as well as capturing beautiful photos. Unfortunately, some amateur photographers do not follow basic safety rules and it is well worth paying for a real professional.
There are two types of styles when it comes to newborn photography, and I’m going to tell you about what is involved for each type of session.
I am more than happy to meet you before any booking to discuss my products and show you samples.
My style is a mix of documentary (no posing or directions) and lifestyle (a little bit of direction). I will not be the right photographer for somebody looking for pictures of their baby wrapped and posed on different blankets and using props. There is nothing wrong with this style of photography and some photographers are amazing at it.
Whether posed, lifestyle and documentary, any newborn photo session will be baby-led, which means that if your baby needs to be fed/changed, then you just go ahead and do it. The advantage of lifestyle & documentary photography is that we can get lovely images during those moments too.
The investment of a newborn/baby session varies from photographer to photographer. Although cost is an important factor, try not to make it the deciding one. Choose a professional photographer that will provide you with stunning images that you can’t live without. Choose the best newborn photographer that you can afford.
Please visit www.jennifergilbert.ca to review my Guide to Choosing a Photographer for more advice on how to ensure you’re hiring the right photographer for your family.
However, there are photographers doing posed photography who can come to your home so check with them if you would like posed photos without travelling to a studio.