Choosing a photographer to capture the magic of a precious new arrival can be a daunting task, especially as you’ll want to get it right first time… you can’t get that time back! It’s also worth noting that many popular studios can often get booked up many months in advance so you won’t want to leave it too late to book, we recommend soon after your second scan!
So if your pregnancy hormones are wreaking havoc and you feel wobbly at the sight of a cute sleepy newborn, here’s our guide to help you choose the perfect newborn photographer…
1. Does their flavour suit your taste?
Most photographers are a little bit like Marmite, have a strong flavour that some will love whilst others will hate! Start by short-listing a handful of photographers whose work really appeals to your artistic taste. They need to be local enough for you to want to travel but otherwise try to ignore ALL other logical factors for now, especially:
Deals, offers and discounts. A bargain is only a bargain if it’s something you want.
Current trends. Fashions come and go but your photographs will still be hanging on your wall long after todays latest trend looks dated.
The opinions and recommendations of others. This is about what fits you, not others.
2. Do they really know their stuff?
Now try to look past those cute baby photos and look a little closer at the details. Things to look out for…
The over use of props. Whilst there’s some very accomplished prop based work out there, sometimes props are employed to mask somewhat less accomplished photography too. We think your baby should be the focus here and not be upstaged or hidden by a busy outfit or huge prop.
Heavy retouching/air-brushing/photoshopping. Blurring out skin tones to a mush really is not professional editing, neither is leaving in bogies, flaky skin, slobber etc. Soft downy hair, tiny eye-lashes and the odd milk spot are beautiful newborn details that look amazing in your images. Retouching is both very skilled and time consuming, a professional photographer should not be using an automated app that crudely smooths out subtle skin tones to pure white.
Jack of all trades, master of none. Can a photographer claiming to be a specialist at everything deliver everytime (or are they telling porkies)?!
Consistency in their portfolio. Your time is precious so ensure your time is invested wisely and that your photographer is consistently reliable with their end results. Look at recent blog posts of real life shoots.
Things to take with a pinch of salt…
Awards and industry acclaim often mean precious little. Gut instinct and testimonials are your friend here, let others tell you about their findings.
Experience is not always an indication of skill. Bad habits can often develop with time, just think of your dads driving skills!
I’ve got a bigger and better camera than you. We all know it’s not how big it is but how you use it… right ladies!? A talented photographer will be able to get stunning results with any camera so don’t be seduced by flashy equipment.