Why do so many new parents book newborn photoshoots?
More and more new parents are choosing to book professional photoshoots with newborn photographers to capture those very early moments in their baby’s life that they can treasure for decades to come. Of course you are going to be taking plenty of your own photos, but unless you are very handy with a camera, hiring a professional can be a great idea. They will be able to offer you beautifully lit, well edited images of your baby from different angles and shot in different ways that you won't be able to do safely yourself. They will be happy to work with you in a calm, relaxed and friendly way to create photos in the style that you desire that you will love.
What kind of options are there for professional newborn photography?
The newborn photography industry is booming across the world, which means that there is a lot of choice out there when it comes to choosing a style and package that is right for you. Most newborn photographers will want to capture your baby within the first 14 days of birth. This is because they are able to curl into those sweet posed positions that they were in whilst they were in the womb.
Many photographers offer great packages that you can book for sessions at various milestones for your baby such as newborn, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, etc and you might even want to book a maternity session for before your due date with the same photography.
You’ll want to look at potential photographers portfolios, which can usually be found on their websites. The last thing you want is to be dreaming of ethereal, angelic and soft images swathed in floaty white fabric, only to find that you’ve booked a session with a photographer whose style is more quirky and staged (or the other way around!). The main decision you’ll have to make about style is if you prefer a more candid, lifestyle look or the posed look, which is soaring in popularity and tends to involve sweet props.
Another consideration that you might want to enquire about is if the photographer can come to your home for the session or if they only work from their studio. You might feel more comfortable having photos taken in your own environment or have concerns about the studio being completely unfamiliar.
How much does newborn photography cost?
Pricing will vary depending on a lot of factors, including: location; how experienced and established the photographer is; amount of photos; amount of studio time, what the package consists of (are you hoping for a certain amount of printed iages, or are you happy for them all to be on a memory stick or cloud storage?). Most photographers will have a range of structured packages that you can choose from. It’s always worth hiring a photographer with a lot of experience.
Generally, you can expect to pay upwards of £60 for a basic package, (much less than this, and you might want to consider why they are cheaper). There isn’t really an upper limit, but some of the most comprehensive packages with lots of bells and whistles are priced around £400-£500.
Coming up… in this series of blog posts around the topic of newborn photography some of the aspects I'm planning to cover are: trends in newborn photography; how to choose the perfect newborn photographer for you; ideas for photos that you can create (safely) at home yourself; the secrets behind those cute poses and hopefully an interview with a newborn photographer.
If there’s something you’d like me to cover – be sure to leave a message in the comments!