5 Things to Consider When Choosing A Newborn Photographer
5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Newborn Photographer and Special Savings
You just found out you are expecting a new little bundle of joy! Now is the time to start thinking about how you want to capture these precious moments. Your little one will only be this size for such a short period of time, so it is important to capture this time to remember those small tiny details. Newborn portraits are arguably the most important photos you will ever have, so choosing someone to capture this time is very important. Newborn photography is unlike any other genre of photography. The photographer not only will be creating memories to last for lifetimes, but they will also be caring for your new baby while the session takes place. You want to ensure your baby is in the best hands. Here are some things to consider when choosing your newborn photographer. We hope that if you are located in Central, PA, you will choose Henley Design Studio for your Newborn Photography Needs.
1. Safety Choosing a newborn photographer can be a lot of work. Especially when considering all of the factors that make a good choice. The safety of your newborn is by far the most important factor when considering your next newborn photographer. Not only are the integrity of the images and your memories at stake, but most importantly, you should choose someone who knows how to handle, care for, and pose your baby safely. I am sure you have researched the best and safest car seat, strollers and cribs. Why wouldn’t you extend that same level of care when choosing someone who is going to handle your baby?
Just because someone has newborn photography listed on their website and social media, does not make them the safest and most qualified person to handle your new baby. There are a few safety and training certification programs out there for newborn photographers. Our favorite is the American Association of Newborn Photography Safety (AANPS). The mission of AANPS is to provide in-depth training in newborn safety with a focus in studio cleanliness, newborn handling, safe posing, immunizations, heating, circulation, prop safety, and many other areas of newborn photography safety. As a newborn photographer at Henley Design Studio, Gina, makes your baby’s safety is her number one priority. She became certified through the AANPS to ensure she was properly trained to handle your little one.
2. Style There are so many different styles of newborn photography, and none is right or wrong. It is important to note what style you are drawn to and find a photographer that does it well. You could love the posed newborn style, lifestyle sessions, or even baby led posing.
During a posed newborn session, your sleeping baby is gently guided into adorable curled up poses, snuggly wrapped, and placed in cute props. This type of session takes a high level of experience from the photographer and generally lasts 2 to 3 hours.
With lifestyle sessions, the primary focus is on the connections and love that family members share with their new little ones. Lifestyle photography can take place in your home or at a studio that has a lifestyle area.
Baby led posing is simply creating a relaxing environment for your newborn and allowing them to snuggle in various blanks, wraps, and positions that are natural to them and a representation of how your baby sleeps naturally. This type of baby photography tells a story of your little one. When looking back at your baby’s early years, you will say things like “remember when she always had to have her hands by her mouth.” This type of session will allow you to put images with those memories.
It is also important to decide if you want a photographer that focus on simple sessions or super styled sessions. The beautiful thing about simple sessions is that it allows for your baby and family to take center stage. Creating images that celebrate miracles is Gina’s passion and she focuses on creating art that is authentic and timeless.
At Henley Design Studio, Gina is able to provide each of these types of sessions. She is skilled and experienced enough to provide posed newborn sessions safely. We have created an environment that allows for baby led posing and have a space designated for lifestyle photography in our Dillsburg, PA portrait studio. There is no need to worry about cleaning or prepping your space for a lifestyle session, when you can come to Henley Design Studio to have beautiful images that focus on the connection of your family.
3. Timing One thing that is often asked when scheduling newborn portraits is, when is the best time to photography my baby. Since your little one grows so fast, it is important to capture them early. Within the first few weeks of life, your new baby is squishy, bendy, tiny and extra sleepy. It is the perfect time to have a portrait session. We typically recommend 10 to 16 days old for portrait sessions. For babies that are born early and spend time in the hospital, we recommend the first seven days of them being sent home. We don’t typically recommend babies younger than five days old since they are still working on adapting to their new word and learning to feed. We can work with babies up to eight weeks old for newborn portraits. It is important to factor in the Style of portraits that you would like for your session though. If you are looking for a posted newborn session, 10 to 16 days is best.
4. Photographers Experience
It is very important to figure in the level of experience of a photographer when searching for the right newborn photographer. We recommend asking a few questions:
How many years have you been working as a newborn photographer?
How many babies have you handled up to this point in your career?
What training have you received in newborn photography?
Have you received any specific newborn safety training?
We have all heard the horror stories of inexperienced photographers or moms picking up a camera thinking it looks easy. Please do not be that horror story and take your photographer’s level of experience into consideration when booking.
5. Budget Experience
The cost for newborn portraiture can vary greatly. Some things to take into consideration are your location, session duration, the photographer’s experience, their level of training, and equipment used by the potential photographer.
It is important to remember that photographers put much more into a session than just the time spent with you. A photographer running a legal business with insurance, lots of training and other business expenses will almost always be more expensive. When booking your session, always remember, you get what you pay for.
If you are interested in booking a newborn portrait session in Central, PA, contact us today. Book before April 30, 2018 to receive $50 off of your newborn or baby session.