Katy Hayes May 1, 2017 at 12:28 PM 11 min read

How to Find the Right Newborn Photographer

There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a newborn photographer. Some considerations are fun, such as finding a style and aesthetic you desire. Others, such as making sure your photographer is licensed or insured, are more stale, but of the utmost importance. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you should ask when selecting the right newborn photographer for you and your family:

Find the right newborn photographer with these useful steps:

  1. Get photographer recommendations from friends and family.
  2. Make sure the photographer is licensed and insured.
  3. They should be knowledgeable about newborn safety.
  4. Make sure their style is compatible with yours.
  5. Find a photographer who works with your preference for an in-home or studio session.
  6. Ask yourself if the newborn photographer is worth the investment.

Let’s get into more detail below:

All photos by Katy Hayes Photography

1) Get photographer recommendations from friends and family

The easiest way to find a newborn photographer is to ask family and friends. Did someone you know have a great experience with a local photographer? If they can show you their entire gallery of photos, that is a bonus! Thanks to Facebook and other social media, it is much easier for photographers to reach friends and families. Ask around!

cute baby photos

2) Make sure the photographer is licensed and insured

Small business are required to register with the county and all newborn photographers should carry insurance. Accidents happen, even to the best of the best! Insurance is not only important to protect the photographer and their equipment, but to protect you and your family as well.

3) They should be knowledgeable about newborn safety

There are many factors in considering newborn safety. What precautions does the photographer take before and during your session? If this photographer will be posing your baby, have they taken any workshops to learn how to pose your baby safely? Your baby should never be out of hands reach and if the photographer doesn’t have a spotter, will Mom or Dad be responsible for spotting during prop photos?

Some of the cutest newborn poses are done as a composite, meaning the final picture is actually multiple photos combined in Photoshop. The photographer never takes their hands off your baby, but it may appear your baby is laying on a swing or holding their own head up in their hands.

best newborn photography, baby in swaddle

Other safety precautions are a personal preference. Does the photographer wash all blankets, wraps, and bonnets in between sessions? Since they will be handling your tiny baby for a few hours, is your photographer up to date on their vaccinations? What is their sick policy? Do they allow siblings in their studio if they are sick?

sibling photos with a newborn baby

4) Make sure their style is compatible with yours

Photographers are artists and each photographer has their own style. When browsing a photographers website, do you see the types of newborn photos that you are looking for? If you want to use a lot of props during your newborn session, you need to find a photographer that has those types of photos on their website. If you like bright colors or neutrals do you see lots of color or neutrals on their website?

5) Find a photographer who works with your preference for an in-home or studio session

Are you looking for a photographer who offers in-home newborn sessions or would you prefer to have photos done in a studio? What types of photos does the photographer offer in home vs in their studio?

best family photos with a newborn baby

6) Ask yourself if the newborn photographer is worth the investment

First you have to make sure the photographer is licensed and insured and they meet all your expectations in regards to newborn safety. You also have to love their style. Then ask, what do they charge? There is a wide range of pricing for newborn photography. Pricing depends on the experience, education, equipment, and your market. What does the fee include? Some photographers charge a session fee and then will meet with you after your session to let you order digital images and products. Other photographers are all-inclusive, which means their fee includes the session and digital images.

Plus, additional costs such as new outfits, rented props, or babysitters for siblings should be taken into account. It can add up quickly, but you also want to remember the value of these precious memories being captured for eternity.

Bonus: Once you have your newborn photographer, learn how to prepare for the photo shoot and check out these essential newborn poses!

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Katy Hayes

Katy Hayes is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Northern Virginia. Katy offers posed newborn and milestone sessions throughout the first year in her home studio located in the South Riding/Ashburn area. She offer's in-home lifestyle newborn sessions and on-location maternity and family photography sessions throughout Loudoun County and Fairfax County.