When shopping around for a newborn photographer, ask your friends and family who they’ve used. It’s never a good idea to hire a person no one has heard of - especially if they have very few online reviews.
Don’t be lured in by a friendly face and a nice demeanor. Look at their portfolio. Do they look like they know what they’re doing? Do the pictures that represent their best work seem like photos you’d want to proudly display in your home?
Although this sort of decision is not the biggest one you’ll ever have to make, it really ends up being an important one.
Photo sessions for your baby can end up costing you a great deal of money and take time - usually 1-2 hours. Imagine how upset you’d be if you picked a photographer who wasted 2 hours of your time and a lot of your money.
To avoid this, do your homework! Research photographers online. Just because they rank #1 in Google doesn’t mean they’re the best. That only means they paid top dollar to a great SEO company to help them get there!
Look at the photographer’s reviews on Google, Yelp, and other sites. Are they all 5 stars? If not, why not? Even if they are, what are customers saying about the newborn photographer? Ask yourself if you could see yourself as a client of his or hers.
Find out if the photographer only does studio photos or if you can go to a picturesque outdoor location nearby. Make sure the newborn photographer has tons of props and outfits that your baby can use and show off. These add to the photo shoot and create a really beautiful feel.
On the other hand, if you’d prefer to have photos taken in the clothing you picked out and to have a more natural feel, be sure your photographer is okay with that.
Aside from experience and quality, flexibility is a key ingredient in choosing a good photographer.
If you’re on the fence about hiring a professional, think about it this way. If you take the photos yourself, you run the risk of them coming out poorly. You also might not be able to get your baby to pose nicely or to fall asleep. The poor thing may even cry.
However, a professional baby photographer has done this time and time again. He or she has the right swaddle blankets, knows the right times to snap the photos, and is a master of the craft. The investment will last forever and the photos will be something you cherish forever.
In this sense, you’re paying a one time fee for a lifetime’s worth of memories. These days, the photos even come digitally, so they will never get ruined and you can print out as many as you want.
Choosing to hire a professional newborn photographer also allows you to sit back and relax while you know that your baby is in good hands.
Make the right decision and hire a professional to take those precious photos of your baby - but be sure to think carefully about who to go with.