6 Things to Consider When Hiring a Newborn Photographer
Hiring a newborn photographer can be an overwhelming process. There are so many options out there, and so many variables to consider. To help out, I’ve narrowed down a short list of 6 things to consider when hiring a newborn photographer. Hopefully you will find this list beneficial during your research.
1. Safety first. Does your photographer have experience working with babies?
The number one thing to consider when you are shopping for a newborn photographer is whether that person has experience working with babies. You want to make sure that your photographer knows the ins and outs of safety. There are a number of safety considerations when photographing infants, so make sure whoever you hire is familiar with them.
2. Training and experience
You want to make sure that whoever you get has experience doing this. Unqualified and untrained photographers can not only affect the quality of your pictures, but it could also present safety concerns. You should make sure ahead of time that your choice has the necessary resume to do the job.
What style do you find yourself drawn towards? What images make you feel something? Is it bright and light filled images? Or do you prefer a darker and moodier style? Are you drawn to a neutral palette or lots of color? Every newborn photographer has a different way of doing things, and a different style they gravitate towards. You should be able to see this in their portfolio. Before hiring someone, make sure that the work they’ve done in the past matches up with your own vision of the session. You don’t want to find someone who has a conflicting style, and be frustrated that the session does not turn out the way you hoped.
Do you prefer to have the session in your home or in a more controlled studio environment? Does your photographer offer this? A good photographer can usually make any location work, but know ahead of time what your preference is. If it is important to you that a photographer offer a studio option or a home option, then make sure that whoever you pick will have this option.
5. Level of Service
What level of service are you being provided? Do you have a good feeling both from the website and initial inquiry response? You can usually pick up the vibe from the photographer’s website, as well as your initial interaction with them. Make sure to follow your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, or if your initial gut reaction is that it isn’t a good match, then follow your intuition.
Be sure you are clear on the photographer’s pricing schedule. Some photographers charge an all-inclusive rate that includes the digital files with a print release. Others have session fees and collections with digital files sold separately. There is no right or wrong way, but be sure you are familiar so there are no surprises after your session. Most importantly, keep in mind you get what you pay for. Looking for a photographer who will be handling your baby for several hours is not the time to look for the cheapest option out there or cut corners. Even more expensive photographers often have options that can work with a variety of budgets, so it is better to ask those questions than to just assume you can’t afford someone.
So there you have it! There are many good photographers out there (although I’m partial to Heather Mohr Photography!), but the best way to know which one is right for you is to do your homework. Hopefully these suggestions will help that effort.