First of all – Congratulations!! Whether you are expecting your first baby or your fourth, this is such an exciting time for your family. With so many decisions to make, I want to help with one piece of the newborn puzzle: How to Choose your Newborn Photographer.
Trust me, you will want to capture those special moments with your sweet little baby before time starts rushing by.
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Here are the top 5 things to focus on:
How to Choose Your Newborn Photographer
- Lifestyle vs Posed
- Photographer’s Style
- Pricing (coming soon in Part 2)
- Testimonials & Client Reviews (coming soon in Part 2)
- Location (coming soon in Part 2)
For part 1 of this series, let’s talk about the type of photos you want. When considering how to choose your newborn photographer, style is very important and you’ll want to be sure you are getting exactly what you want out of the experience. After all, this is a big investment and you don’t get another chance at your baby being a newborn!
Lifestyle vs Posed Newborn Photos
Lifestyle newborn sessions offer a more authentic approach to newborn photos and generally include your entire immediate family. This means Mom, Dad, siblings, and any fur babies you would like to include! I specialize in and love lifestyle sessions because we capture your real life in your home with your family. Lifestyle sessions don’t involve props and are very casually posed. Your baby can be in a simple onesie and a swaddle. We can also bring in a few items that are special to your family to make your photos unique. I recommend baby be about 4 weeks old which allows you enough time for recovery after birth and gives us a good window of your baby being both awake and asleep during the session.
On the other hand, posed newborn photos generally involve your baby being asleep during the session and the photographer putting them into posed positions. These usually take place in a photography studio with a variety of props and must take place when the baby is only a few days old.
If you want authentic newborn photos with your whole family, you don’t want to hire a photographer who specializes in posed newborn sessions. Be sure to look for a lifestyle newborn photographer!
After you have decided on a posed or lifestyle newborn photographer, you will want to get an idea of their style. Personally, I love bright colors and emotion in my photographs. My goal is to capture authentic connection. I provide prompts to my clients which creates movement and helps you relax, but I do not overly pose.
A great place to start is with their social media accounts. This will give you a snapshot of their work and should give you an idea of their personality. Watch their Instagram stories for the most authentic peek into their life and work!
Next, check out their website and portfolio. Looking through their past newborn sessions will give you an idea of what to expect from your own gallery. My personal style is bright, colorful, and classic. I capture newborns at home with their families in the most authentic way. Be sure to choose a newborn photographer that matches your style.
The last thing to think about is how do their photos make you feel? Do you feel some type of emotion looking at their work? Could you imagine your baby in those photos and is it something you would like to hang in your home for years to come? These are your memories after all!
If you are expecting a new baby and think we would be the right fit for each other, I’d love to send you more information and set-up a phone or email consultation!
Erica Grandin Photography is a newborn lifestyle photographer serving the Dallas, Coppell, Frisco, Plano, Flower Mound, Southlake, and surrounding DFW areas. Also available for travel to Austin and Central Texas. Focusing on photos that capture authentic emotion and bringing out your family’s true personality. Specializes in maternity photography sessions, newborn photography sessions, and family photography both outdoors and in-home.