Would you prefer a home session or a studio session? What feels best for you?
Find out about the various options and where the photographer conducts the bulk of their work.
2. Safety, experience and quality
Okay, this should be a given, but you need to ensure this is covered. You can tell a lot about a photographer from from their portfolio and even more when you speak to them. Ask them about their experience. Taking a look at their blog can help if they have one too. Read their about me.
Do you genuinely get a good feeling from them? This is a big one and is totally subjective but this is about connections.
Listen to your heart here.
Do you like simplicity in your home and way of life? Does minimal and more natural styling suit you? Or do you prefer sweet, cute, warm or fuzzy? Choose a newborn photographer that suits your style, because if you can visualise their work in your home, then listen to this feeling. You’ll love the images for longer, I promise.
Your chosen style can also impact the age at which the photographer recommends to photograph your baby. For example a traditional newborn session generally yields better results in my experience when the baby is under 12 days old. This is because older babies are usually less sleepy. For babies over 2 weeks old, a natural unposed home lifestyle session can work well because his type of session captures the baby and intimate connections with Mum and Dad in a really natural way. It’s best to discuss the various options with your chosen photographer.
4. Are quality artwork and prints important to you?
Can you visualise the photographer’s work in your home? Photographers are passionate about their products and will want to tell you about them – make sure you ask to see them. Each one will have their own unique offering and the products they show you will probably represent both their taste, and, how well they think a products suits their work.
As a home newborn photographer my speciality is home sessions using natural light. 100% of my newborn portrait sessions are photographed with natural light. I love natural light on baby’s skin and I love the depth the shadows can bring too. Studio based photographer’s will either work with studio lighting or natural light.
Ask about this if it’s important to you.
6. What do you want most from the session?
Think deeply about what you most want from the session. Is this about memories; is it for your children and the generations to come? How do you see yourself wanting to enjoy these images in daily life? Be true to yourself. Do the photographer’s values and approach align with yours?
If you’d like to know more, please, don’t be a stranger. Contact me below or feel free to get to know me and my work. On Instagram, I share things on there that may interested you now and again and I’d love to see you there – if you want to be.
Samantha is an award-winning London Newborn and Natural Authentic Family Photographer.
Contact me below to discuss how I can help you achieve timeless images that you will love forever.