There is no style of newborn photography better than another! It's all a matter of personal preference and what works best for your family. I do, however strongly urge you to hire a professional so that you do not regret it later.
I get it, nowadays we all have cameras in our smartphones. While you may be satisfied with your phone images at this time, if down the road you decide you're not happy with them, or if they aren't saved correctly it's often too late to get those brand new baby images redone. BUT when you hire a newborn photographer (with a style & images you love!) you won’t regret it.
Now, here are the top 5 things to think about when hiring a newborn photographer.
Having two beautiful babies of my own I know how protective parents become once that little one is outside the safety of Mom's womb. When hiring a newborn photographer, this should be the #1 question on your mind. What kind of safety training has this person received? I'm sure you have seen a ton of those cute poses on Pinterest, and maybe you even have a board of your favorites! While they may be adorable, some of the poses featured are potentially dangerous if wrapped or posed incorrectly.
The "Froggy Pose" is one of the cutest newborn poses I have ever seen, and can only be done safely by piecing together multiple images. A few others include - hammock pose, potato sack pose, or any suspended prop image.
Quality & Style
While the goal is always to capture a beautiful image, editing is usually where the magic happens! Contrary to popular belief, newborns occasionally have terrible skin. They have red blotches, flakes, or in some cases baby acne. Your professional newborn photographer will know how to correctly shoot & edit your images to capture your baby in their best possible light.
When looking at your local newborn photographer’s work, you want to make sure their style speaks to you. It doesn’t matter how many Pinterest boards you have saved, if you try to make your photographer recreate something that is not in their aesthetic, you may not be happy with the end result.
Education & Training
Newborn photography is different from any other type of photography and requires hours of education, safety training, and practice to master. I have learned soothing, wrapping, lighting, posing, composition, angles and how to perfect all the tiny details for a beautiful photo. Knowing how to get the images as close to perfect as I can in camera helps me achieve better final images.
The newborn stage only lasts for a short period of time. My newborn clients typically come in for their session within the first 14 days of their baby’s life so we can achieve those sleepy, curly newborn poses. Around one week old, baby starts learning to stretch those little arms and legs out. After about two weeks, they become more awake and alert and baby acne is more likely to show up. This is such a short window to get these precious images that you’ll cherish even more as time goes on.
Professional equipment, lighting, props, and software.
Having the correct gear does not make anyone a photographer, much like having a football doesn't make you an NFL player. There is so much more to photography than 'pushing a button' and a professional will have the necessary equipment and training to do the job well. Hiring a newborn photographer means you won't have to worry about supplying outfits, headbands/hats, buckets, bowls, etc. that's needed to create those timeless newborn photos.
You'll want to be in the images
I can see some of you shaking your head ready to disagree with me but hear me out. You've heard a few times how time sensitive this stage is. Babies change so much from day to day, week to week and you will want to look back and remember just how big/small they were just a few weeks after birth.
Another thing to think about is; these images aren't just for you. When we talk about remembering, I think we often forget about what our baby will want to remember. I can tell you one thing for sure. They will definitely want to remember you! These are some of the most magical, emotional, and important days of your life. You are going to want to remember what they looked like in your arms. Just how small they were, and how you felt in that moment in time.