Questions to ask when choosing your baby photographer
Updated: Jan 23
Mobile Newborn Baby Photographer Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & South Yorkshire
When finding a newborn photographer there seems to be plenty of choice! But what should you be asking your photographer before you book a newborn photoshoot?
Here are a few of my top questions to ask
Training in posing a newborn is a must in my eyes and honestly an art form in itself. When I visit a newborn at home, they are only days old and the most fragile little bundles. Knowing what to move and how to position your baby comfortably and safely is very important!
2. SETTING FOR THE PHOTOSHOOT
Will the photographer come to your home or will you need to visit their photography studio?
If the latter, check in advance what the photo studio is like. Review photos on the photographer’s website or, if it’s local to you, perhaps even ask to arrange an appointment to visit in advance.
Photographers understand that the setting for a newborn shoot is very important. It should be relaxed, warm (the baby will be naked a lot of time) and welcoming. Will you and the baby be comfortable there? You’ll likely be there for several hours or more.
There are also logistical considerations if you're travelling to the photographer's studio:
Where is the studio based and what distance will you need to travel?
Do you know the way and how long it will take to get there?
Is there parking on site or nearby?
How easy is the studio to access (you’ll be carrying baby in a car seat or will have a pushchair, no doubt)?
If it’s not the ground floor, is there a lift you can use?
Are siblings welcome and, if so, are there any child-friendly facilities available?
Are refreshments included?
What baby changing and feeding facilities are there?
Of course, if you choose to book with a mobile photographer like myself, a lot of those questions are no longer needed. You may however wish to chat to them before the photoshoot about timings and plan which room would be best for them to use for the session.
3. CLEANLINESS & HYGIENE OF PROPS AND MATERIALS
All materials and props used during my sessions are washed before and after each and every baby. All my materials are washed in non bio and nothing gets missed. An added bonus to having your session at home, baby remains in their own surroundings, no need to travel to an unfamiliar studio.
4. HOW DO I SCHEDULE THE PHOTOSHOOT?
Often, you’ll schedule your newborn photo session based on an anticipated due date. Babies arrive in their own time: sometimes later than anticipated, sometimes earlier. You may need to adjust your photo session appointment to get your pictures while your baby is in that ideal window. Make sure you know your newborn photographer’s preferred method of communication so that when your baby is born, you can notify them and plan your final photo session date.
5. DO YOU DO POSED OR NATURAL PORTRAITS?
Each photographer will have their own style. Take time to look around their website & social media to get a feel for them and their work.
Natural portraits, often known as 'lifestyle' will have a more relaxed feel to them, perhaps feature more of the baby's home environment and family naturally interacting with them.
'Posed' photoshoots make use of props and posing beds for the baby to sleep on while the photographer gently positions them into curled up poses. They may also use accessories & various fabrics to wrap the baby.
6. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE INCLUDED?
You may have seen examples of newborn photos that you would love a photographer to create with your baby. Make sure you discuss this ahead of the shoot to align expectations. Will your photographer be able to create that specific pose, or not?
Also ask about whether you need to buy and bring any of your own props, or whether this is included in the shoot. Most photographers do have an extensive range of wraps, teddies, headbands etc. but this is worth checking in advance.
Are you also welcome to bring in your own props? You may have a family heirloom or sentimental item that you want included in your photos. Is your photographer happy to incorporate this into the photos?
Most photographers will likely aim to create a number of different setups throughout the shoot so there will be plenty of images for you to choose from afterwards, but if you have a preference in regards to styling and colours, do make this known ahead of the session to make sure they will deliver what you hope.
7. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE BABY FOR THE SESSION?
Most newborn photographers have extensive experience working with little ones, and they want to share that advice with you to help make your session more successful. From tips on what to wear for parent shots, to when to feed your baby to maximise your odds of a peaceful session, talk to your photographer about the tips they have to offer.
Take time to consider the photographer’s studio fees and the cost of their photo products. Prices can vary a lot so be sure that the photographer you pick has prices that you can afford. Often photographers will charge a separate session fee which may not include images
Do also establish if there is a minimum spend required, and are you comfortable with potentially spending more than this? You may well fall in love with your photos once you see them all!
I hope you found my article useful, if you have any questions you would like to ask me then do get in touch!
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ABOUT KATHRYN HILL
Kathryn is a specialist Newborn Photographer based in Alfreton, Derbyshire. Offering Specialist Newborn and baby Photography in the comfort of her client's homes across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
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