One of our favorite things to do is capture the precious moments of a newborn baby’s first days. That’s why we got into newborn photography. Here are some of the top reasons you should hire a professional newborn photographer.
Your Baby is Only This Little Once
Newborns really do grow up so fast. That sleepy baby will become a toddler in the blink of an eye, and then a running child in another. Newborn photography allows you to capture the memory of holding your child when they first born and be amazed at how much your little bundle of joy has grown.
You Only Have a Small Window of Time
Those beautiful newborn photos where the baby is curled up and sleeping are all taken in the first 4-12 days of their life. There’s only a small window of time to get the photos taken so you don’t want to be stuck trying to find someone that might not be available in the days following the birth of your child. I advise hiring a professional before delivery to avoid wasting those precious fleeting moments. I recommend having a photographer sorted before reaching the 32nd week of pregnancy, just in case of early birth.
You don’t want to leave your newborn with just anybody. You need a trained photographer that understands newborn safety. Professional newborn photographers know how to keep babies safe when holding and posing them. No shot is worth more than the safety of your baby. If you’ve got some ideas for poses then discuss them with the photographer to see if they can do it safely. Also ask them about composite images, as some photographers take several photos and then combine them into the perfect composite photo.
Lots of people have a DSLR camera these days, but most people let them do the work and leave them on automatic. Modern cameras are able to take great pictures by themselves, but things can go wrong, especially when it comes to bad lighting and red baby skin. A skilled professional photographer knows how to properly use their cameras and control them manually. They choose all the right settings to get the perfect shot, and have professional-grade lenses and lighting to capture those tiny details a regular lens never could.
A professional photographer will edit the images to ensure the phot is properly exposed, the colors are just right, and the image looks professional. No matter how great the original photo is, it can be made a little better through editing, especially when it comes to newborn photography. Babies tend to have red hands and feet, flaky skin, and could even be bruised following the delivery. Professional photographers are able to create a truly stunning image of your little one.
Professional photographers notice the small details. Newborns are posed on every level, down do their hands and lips. Blankets will be smoothed out and fabrics will be ironed. Background clutter is cleaned up. Photographers consider the time of day and the feeding schedule for the baby as well. The atmosphere and temperature of the room are carefully controlled. A pro knows all the little variables that go into having a successful and smooth photography session. Photographers also have their own props, which is one less thing for you to worry about.
The reason I’m mentioning this last is because it shouldn’t be the first thing on your mind when choosing a photographer. You should choose one that matches your budget of course, but don’t let the cost be the only deciding factor. You are investing in this photography session and it’s something you can’t just do again another time. Think about your budget, but also think about if the photographer will make the investment worth your money. A cheap photographer may not be able to give you the kind of photos you want. Also consider quality over quantity. Would you rather have 100 average pictures, or 50 stunning ones?