It couldn’t get any better. ~Patricia
So, you’ve found out that you are expecting a bouncing baby boy or girl. Wonderful news! You have my most heartfelt congratulations. Being a parent is an amazing and rewarding journey, but it’s also one that is full of questions and decisions. Relax! You’ll get through it. And I hope that I can help make one decision a little bit easier for you to make. How to hire the right newborn photographer.
No matter your age, young mom or more mature mom, you’ve more than likely been exposed to newborn art. Whether by Anne Geddes, or Baby as Art, or maybe even a friend or family member who has had newborn photos taken. And if you have, you have probably also settled it in your mind that you are booking one of those sessions for your own baby. Congratulations on a great decision! (See, you just started this journey, and you are already making great decisions!)
But how do you know WHO to hire? Let me spell it out for you. I’ll give you the quick and the dirty, so you can find the perfect photographer for YOU!
1. Google is your friend! And so is Facebook. Search area photographers that specialize in newborns. Trust me on this one – Newborn photography is a whole lot more than laying a baby down on a blanket, followed by click – click – click. Newborn posing takes know-how and dedication. It truly is an art. So, look for photographers who feature images with well posed babies. Can you see the baby’s whole face, or is part of the baby’s face smooshed into the blanket? Does the baby look to have been worked with to get him relaxed and soothed into his pose, or does he look awkward or uncomfortable? And finally, you can ask the photographer how she has been educated on safe newborn handling, posing and soothing techniques, and how much experience she has working with newborns. You are planning to entrust your tiny new baby to this person for several hours. Be sure she knows what she is doing!
2. Take a good look through the photographer’s images in their portfolio or on their website. Do you adore their style, or does it not really mesh with your own personal aesthetics? In general, with a photographer who has an ample body of work to show, a potential client can get a really good feel for the style of images and processing they can expect. If you don’t love it, then keep looking. It is not likely to grow on you. I recommend looking for a photographer who displays a style that speaks to your heart. To your soul. These are going to be some of the most important images you will ever have taken. For this reason, I also recommend looking for a photographer who has a classic and clean looking style. Something that is not going to scream DATED to you in 18 or so years, when you display them at his graduation. Something that will always be beautiful and transport you back to that amazing newborn scent, those tiny fingers and toes, his downy-soft hair.
3. Don’t be entirely swayed by price. Now, I realize that cost and budget are going to weigh in on this decision, and that is completely understandable. But what I am recommending is that it be the final consideration, rather than the top priority. You can expect the more experienced and in-demand photographers to have higher pricing than newer photographers. And often, that will mean that you are paying not only for higher grade professional gear and props, but also for workshops, education, and expertise. You are also paying for peace of mind and the assurance that you have hired someone who is going to get the job done, and do so in a way that creates an amazing experience for you as well as beautiful images. I can’t tell you the number of clients who come to me in tears because they hired someone on the basis of cost, and do not have any beautiful images from their session. They end up paying MORE in the end, because they regret their decision and book another session with me. And it breaks my heart every time it happens. So, I highly recommend thinking of your newborn session as an investment for your family for generations to come, because you will truly be able to relive this experience over and over with your children. With their spouses. And with their own children. It’s not unlike purchasing quality furniture that you will be able to pass down to your children and grandchildren. Sometimes it is simply worth paying more.
Do remember that a very experienced newborn photographer will likely be working with a high client volume. Book early to be sure that they can reserve a spot for you in their schedule. Booking before your third trimester is probably good advice.
I truly hope this information helps you book your newborn session. And that years from now, you will have beautiful photos of one of the most amazing times in your life to show for it.
moc.yhpargotohpedawaicirtapnull@elims or 432.279.0742
Come find out why our studio is overrun with the best clients, and experience the reason our calendar fills up so fast. We love working with these tiny little miracles, and it shows. I invite you to make yourself at home, as we photograph your precious little mini. And then come back for a year of amazing milestones!
Newborn sessions should be scheduled prior to the 3rd trimester if at all possible to ensure a spot. Contact me for availability and full product pricing information.
Your best option is email: moc.yhpargotohpedawaicirtapnull@elims or call 432.279.0742
….because your baby is only this little once.
This is why I do what I do. Because in such a short time, your baby will be different. Bigger. More alert. The newness, the tininess – they only really last for the 1st 4 weeks. And then suddenly, your baby is not so much a newborn anymore. They somehow morph into this active little engaging baby. Almost overnight, it seems. The newborn period is an amazing and fleeting stage of your child’s life. They are so new. So pure. So perfect.
So please, take the time to have newborn photos taken. If newborn photos are important to you and you see the value of having a professional capture this time, then hire a photographer that you trust for your newborn session. Someone with experience, and the images to show for it, whose style you connect with. Someone who loves working with babies. Newborn sessions and posing are HARD! Trust me on this. You want to entrust your time and money to someone who can get you the images and poses that you envision. You want to really feel that you can trust your photographer. You should get the feel from their images that they absolutely know what they are doing, and that your baby is literally in capable hands.
And if you are not really interested in a professional newborn session, well then, my advice is to take plenty of pictures yourself. And maybe have someone else take a few photos of you together with your baby. Because regardless of whether you want to be in photos or not, one day you are going to look back and be glad that you have them. And so will your child.
In the end, what really matters most is that parents soak all that wonderful newborn-ness in and bond with their babies. Photos just help us to remember and celebrate all that was so amazing about having a brand new baby. This is something that you as a parent will only appreciate more as time goes on. But don’t underestimate how wonderful it is for a child to have photos of life when he or she was tiny, too.
Session spots are limited. Book your newborn session today:
I saw an owl
He sat in a tree
He opened one eye
He winked at me
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A little bit of heaven
Drifted down from above -
A handful of happiness,
A heartful of love.
Lots of new little people visiting the studio. And many more scheduled to come. Don’t wait! Book your newborn session today to ensure a spot.
For the fastest response, email: moc.yhpargotohpedawaicirtapnull@elims
A few of my favorite baby Santas from December, and a Rudolph for good measure.
I have the sweetest job in the world!
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Beautiful mama and baby. Moments like this make me catch my breath. It’s absolute love.
smile@patriciawadephotography or (432)279-0742 to book
*Individuals, child, children, couples, or family sessions only. Mini sessions will not be scheduled for newborns younger than 6 weeks.
Nothing sweeter than a warm, loving maternity session. *sweet sigh* This is love.
What a beautiful family.
“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”
Sharing a few little goodies found in my studio. My Modern Newborn Art book, featuring some favorite newborn images, a mini-album on display, a little gift for clients with newborns, and a sweet little boutique frame.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. This month’s color challenge was pastels. Be sure to stop by the next blog in the circle, Sweet Emotions Photography, and leave some love.
(432)279-0742 or moc.yhpargotohpedawaicirtapnull@elims
Because the time when they are brand new is so short. It goes so very quickly. Breathe it in. Savor it.
(432)279-0742 or email – moc.yhpargotohpedawaicirtapnull@elims
Are you expecting? Book your newborn session early. The schedule fills up so quickly, and last minute spots are hard to come by. I recommend booking your session before you have had your baby, and scheduling for a date within 1 week of your due date. Booking early guarantees a spot in my schedule for your newborn. Because due dates are rarely set in stone, we can adjust the date if necessary.
(432)279-0742 or email moc.yhpargotohpedawaicirtapnull@elims
“Babies smile in their sleep, because they are listening to the whispering of angels.”
A whole lot of beautiful families have come through my doors this month, to celebrate Mothers. What a wonderful gift. Celebrating the joy that we have as mothers when we carry our babies inside of us, capturing the love that we share together once our children are here, and watching it come full circle when grandmothers, mothers, and daughters come together. Life is so good.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. This month’s color challenge was pinks and purples. Be sure to stop by the next blog in the circle, Sweet Emotions Photography, and leave some love.
Love this beautiful family!
Be sure to check out the next blog in the challenge – Sweet Emotions Photography
Such sweetness, down to the last red hair.
Babies are such sweet beginnings.
“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” -Victor Hugo
I love flaky newborn skin. Fingers that curl in tight. Sweet little toes.
I love that beautiful babymoon glow that a mother wears when she is holding her days old newborn.
Be blessed today. And everyday.
If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite,
more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.
-Vincent van Gogh
” A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.”
-Martin Fraquhar Tupper
A baby is proof that God has not given up on humanity. What an amazing privilege and joy to care for such a tiny little life. To become love and nurture to another being.
Wow. That was my deep thought for the day. Happy Sunday everyone!
I’m pretty sure this is Texas’ littlest Aggie. Probably should be some sort of recognition for that, don’t you think?
It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. -Johann Schiller
Be blessed today! ~Patricia
What are Raphael’s Madonnas but the shadow of a mother’s love, fixed in permanent outline forever? ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Because really, who wants to do anything on a Monday, especially when you can just monkey around?