There are some amazing newborn photographers out there. You want a photographer with a style that you love and pricing that matches your budget, but more importantly a fully trained photographer that you can confidently trust with your precious newborn baby.
Here are some questions to consider asking before you make your decision.
1, Are you trained in professional newborn photography, and how do you keep up to date with newborn photography safety?
Safety should always be your first question. If price is your first consideration you may end up with a photographer who isn't trained and therefore doesn't know how to pose safely.
2, Are you a member of any newborn photography associations like BANPAS?
BANPAS is the “Baby and Newborn Photography Association” and promotes safety among newborn photographers. They have a directory of members that parents can use. If your newborn photographer belongs to this association you can be assured that they strongly believe in newborn safety.
3, Are you a full time photographer?
When choosing a photographer it's important to know if this is their full time job or if it's just a hobby for them. A full time photographer has invested in their business and their training and has the experience of many many newborn sessions.
4, Ideally how old is a newborn baby when you photograph them?
They are newborn for such a short time, it's important to know the window for the session. Usually between 5-14 days.
5, What does a session involve?
As new parents you have so much to think about. By understanding ahead of the session how long it will take and what to expect, there will be no surprises and you can go along and enjoy the session.
6, What are your prices and are their any hidden costs?
Be clear on the pricing. A cheap newborn session may be attractive initially, but how much will it cost you to buy your images after the session and is it in your budget? Look at the price of packages and be aware of additional costs should you chose to buy extra images later.
7, Can I visit your studio ahead of the session?
Why not arrange to visit the studio before you make any decisions. By meeting the photographer face to face you can make sure you are comfortable with the environment, ask them to talk you through a session and see if they are the right photographer to capture your newborn baby. Any newborn photographer would be happy to show you around.
8, What is your availability
Having asked all your questions you may now have found your perfect newborn photographer. Secure your session as early as possible (ideally after your first scan) as newborn photographers get booked up, with a short 14 day newborn window you don't want to be disappointed.
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