Photographing a newborn requires a great deal of knowledge, time, and patience. We say this because the babies are delicate and need utmost careful handling. You must hire an experienced and trained photographer for your newborn photography session.
Whether you have already embraced parenthood or are parents-to-be, here are the top three tips for planning a rocking photography session for your newborn.
How to Plan Your Newborn Photography Session
1. Determine your Newborn Photography Session Type
With numerous options for talented photographers available, picking the right Erie PA photographer can be overwhelming.
Before you schedule an appointment, it is best to learn about the type of session you want to sign up for.
Here are four common sessions you can choose from:
- Fresh 48 – want to capture your baby right after he/she enters the world? Go for the Fresh 48 session. As the name implies, the shoot involves photographing the infant within 48 hours of him/her being born. The session type may include direction but includes no posing.
- In-Home Lifestyle – the sessions take place in your home within fifteen days of the birth of your baby. It includes largely un-posed pictures of the infant and family. The interactions between family members is the focus of a lifestyle session.
- Studio: Traditional Posed- this session takes place in the studio within the first two weeks of baby’s arrival. It aims to capture the newness of tiny bodies with lots of curled poses. Families can get involved as well and they will be given specific posing.
- Studio: Lifestyle – this is a mix of studio and lifestyle sessions. A mock bedroom setup provides the stage for the family interactions. Studio props allow the option for some studio posed newborn shots as well.
Remember that not all photographers offer these four session types. Therefore, make sure to check the portfolio of your photographer before hiring them. Check out my portfolio here.
2. Research Your Newborn Photographer Options
Researching the portfolios of local photographers before hiring them can make a huge difference. It will help you understand their posing style and level of expertise. Also, make sure you hire a photographer with enough experience and training in newborn sessions.
He/she should have an educational experience of capturing newborns while ensuring their safety. Proper training is the most important attribute you need to take into account when researching your options.
3. Book Your Newborn Session Early
Last but not least, you should book early. Newborn sessions (ideally) occur within the first two weeks after birth. Since you don’t know EXACTLY when your baby will arrive, planning can be difficult for newborn sessions. Many newborn photographers have limitations on the number of newborn clients they take on. You’ll want to reserve your due date on their calendar in advance to ensure they’ll have room in their calendar once your sweet little one arrives.
Booking with Rowen + Eden Photography
As a trained newborn photographer serving Erie, PA, Warren, PA and surrounding areas, I’m happy to serve you! I can help you to document all of the newness and the love you have for your little baby. I currently offer all four types of sessions. Whether you’re looking to showcase your little one within your home or would like to travel to my fully stocked studio, I can accommodate both! Contact me today to book your session!
After your session
Once your baby is here and you’ve held your session, you’ll want to shout your good news from the roof tops! Consider printing announcements through one of these vendors: https://www.minted.com/ or https://www.tinyprints.com/.
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