newborn, child & family photography

Tips on Choosing a Newborn Photographer

As you eagerly await the arrival of your little one, there’s a whirlwind of excitement and preparation. Among the many special moments you’re looking forward to, capturing the early days of your baby’s life is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Today, I’m excited to share a sneak peek of a recent newborn mini session with an adorable baby girl who was an absolute sweetheart. Along with these precious images, I’d like to offer some tips and tricks on choosing the right newborn photographer for your family.

Safety: The Top Priority

The safety of your newborn should be your number one concern when selecting a photographer. It’s essential to choose someone who is experienced and knowledgeable about newborn safety. Make sure they understand how to handle and pose your baby securely and comfortably. 

Experience and Education: The Key to Quality

Experience counts in newborn photography. Look for a photographer who has spent time perfecting their craft, especially in handling and soothing newborns. It’s not just about taking pretty pictures; it’s about creating a safe and serene environment for your baby. Posing newborns is an art in itself and requires much more patience and training. Someone that specializes in newborns will not only provide a better experience during the session, you will most likely walk away with better quality images and peace of mind.

Style: Find Your Perfect Match

Finding a photographer whose style matches your vision is key. Every photographer has their own unique approach, from classic and timeless to modern and trendy. When browsing portfolios, consider what resonates with you. Do you prefer a natural, lifestyle look, or are you drawn to posed newborns with carefully selected props and backdrops?

As for my style, I specialize in posed newborn photography with an emphasis on soft, monochromatic tones. I believe in creating timeless images that will look beautiful on your walls for years to come. During a session, I like to use a few select colors, along with neutral tones, to ensure a variety of looks that still feel cohesive. 

Timing: The Sweet Spot

The best time for a newborn session is usually within the first two weeks of life. This is when your baby is most sleepy and pliable, making it easier to capture those adorable, curled-up poses. Booking your session during your second trimester is a good idea to ensure availability around your due date.

Budget: An Investment in Memories

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the investment in newborn photography. I often see people on social media searching for a photographer who won’t cost them “an arm and a leg.” But here’s the thing – “affordable” is in the eye of the beholder. What one person considers a bargain, another might view as a splurge. For instance, the same individual who prefers to spend only $150 on photography might place higher value on a designer handbag or a gourmet meal. It’s all about personal priorities and where we choose to allocate our resources, and that’s what makes the world such an interesting and beautiful place to be!

Running a legit photography business isn’t cheap. There’s the studio, the insurance, the gear, the specialty props, and, oh yeah, those pesky taxes. And let’s not forget, a photographer with a specialty and a heap of experience is going to bring something extra to the table.

So while the price tag might be higher, remember that you’re investing in quality, expertise, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your newborn’s first moments are captured beautifully. Trust me, it’s worth every penny.

Why Consider Me?

While I’d love to be your photographer, my main goal is to help you make an informed decision. If you choose me, you’ll get a personalized experience in my private North Fargo studio, with all the props and outfits you need for a beautiful session.

Choosing the right photographer is a decision that goes beyond just one session. It’s about finding someone who can get to know your kids and family, creating a bond that can last for years to come. As your family grows and changes, having a photographer who understands your unique story can make all the difference.

No matter who you choose, remember that these photos will be a treasured keepsake for years to come. Take your time, do your research, and choose a photographer who aligns with your vision and values.

If you feel a connection with my work and would like to chat further about capturing the magic of your little one’s first days and your family’s ongoing story, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact me directly or visit my booking page to schedule a session. I’d be honored to be a part of your family’s journey.

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