After the excitement of finding out that you are pregnant, the dreaming and planning begins.
Will it be a boy or a girl?
Who will the baby look like?
What will be the color of their eyes?
How will we decorate the nursery?
There is so much to think about in the beginning months of pregnancy. One thing that many couples do not consider early in the pregnancy is choosing a newborn photographer. You can easily find many photographers that will be more than happy to photograph your newborn. However, if you want quality newborn portraits and a memorable experience, it pays to do your homework.
Love Their Work
Pinterest is full of beautiful newborn photography. Chances are, you have already seen pictures that made you dream of your own little one. Before looking for a professional newborn photographer, it is important that you have an idea of the style of photography you are drawn to and also what you will do with the photographs. Will you display them over your baby’s crib or display them on your wall? Will you share the portraits with grandparents or possibly use them for birth announcements? Professional photography is an art and a good photographer will have their own individual style. Pay attention to the style of photos that evoke emotion in you.
Finding Your Photographer
Finding a photographer that you click with is key! Feeling a warm connection with whomever you choose, helps ensure a pleasant experience. You will want to begin looking for a newborn photographer as early as possible. The best newborn photographer’s schedules fill up months in advance. I suggest searching for local photographers online and through word of mouth. Search Oshawa Newborn Photography for local newborn photographers in our area. Professionals will have an online presence. Look at your photographer’s reviews. Reviews are a great way to see what other client’s experiences have been. Are their reviews current? Are they consistent? Reviews are a great way to get a sense of your photographer’s personality and their level of customer service.
A seasoned newborn photographer will have prepared a cozy place for mom and dad as well as a warm and safe environment for your baby. You will want to visit their studio for a consultation. Families with siblings or shy children feel safer when they have met the Photographer and visited the studio prior to your portrait session. A consultation is a great opportunity to customize your portrait session to ensure that your needs will be met.
Does your photographer use an assistant? That extra pair of hands and eyes is imperative in order to keep your baby safe. Many of the newborn poses that you see are composites of more than one camera shot and then overlapped in editing. This takes great skill and training. It would be impossible to get these shots safely without an assistant due to newborns not being strong enough to hold a pose. Most parents just assume that the photographer is considering the safety of their newborn. However, some amateur photographers lack the necessary training and will attempt these poses without the proper support of your little one. This can be very dangerous. No photo is worth endangering your baby. A professional photographer should also be fully insured.
Fine art newborn portraits are an investment. Of all the things you buy for your newborn baby, those first moments that you capture will be the gift that keeps on giving. You will be amazed at how fast your baby grows and changes. It’s hard to imagine how much you will treasure your investment until you look back at how precious and tiny they once were. It is important to find a photographer that will produce beautiful photos of your baby that you are proud to display. You may have to splurge to get the quality and experience, but it will be money well spent. Make sure you understand what your total investment will include and carefully read the contract.
C’est l’Amour xo
C’est l’Amour Photography is owned by Joelle Mahepath and serves families in and around the GTA including but not limited to Bowmanville, Courtice, Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, and Vaughn.