Hiring a Newborn Photographer –

Modern Newborn Photography

In-home newborn session with Mom holding baby in nurseryOver the last several years, newborn portrait photography has become a very popular photography genre. With the increasing amount of social media methods of sharing images, more and more people are seeing newborn photography every day and falling in love with the idea of having portraits made of their brand new baby. The birth of a baby is a very exciting time for a couple as they begin their family. After wedding photography, newborn photography can be considered the second most important time a couple will search for a professional photographer. Just think – this is the beginning of your family’s history in pictures!

There are two types of newborn photography:

Lifestyle – this type of newborn photography is usually done in the client’s home and the photographer will concentrate on taking images of the parents bonding with the baby. Usually, the photographer works with available light within the home so the images look very natural and unposed. The lifestyle photographer will also take images of the baby alone to include some detail shots of the newborn in the image gallery. Lifestyle newborn sessions can be very relaxing for you since you are in your own home. Having those images of your new family in your own environment will be true family heirlooms some day. Sessions are baby-led, which means the photographer works with the baby whether they are asleep or awake, posing them in gentle and organic poses. A few samples of this kind of newborn photography are included with this article as this is the type of photography I specialize in.

In Studio – The babies are usually lulled to sleep and arranged in different poses in props or on beanbag posers covered in blankets. They are adorned with adorable hats, headbands, crowns and other clothing items. Typically, this type of newborn photography is done in the photographer’s studio space with studio lighting and all the props belong to the photographer. However, there are some “posed with props” newborn photographers who will work at a client’s home, bringing all their items with them. The posed with props newborn photographer will most likely incorporate posed images of the parents holding the baby as well.

Here are some more baby-led, lifestyle images I took at a recent session:

Father holding tiny baby son in his hands newborn baby boy sleeping in his crib

I recommend scrolling through Pinterest to help you decide which look you like better. Once you have decided on the style you like, it will be easy to identify it when you start looking at newborn photographers’ websites.

Now the fun begins as you start your search.

Ask a Friend

The first step is to set a budget; then, begin your search by asking your friends who have had babies who they used. A referral from your friends should be the number one place you should start in your search. Your friends are like-minded with you and they have already had the experience that you are about to embark on. Many newborn photographers work within a circle of friends and will even offer a referral incentive if you hire them. At Simply Human Pictures, we love referrals and reward both the referred (new) client and the past client who sent the referral! Everybody wins!

If asking friends doesn’t work for you or if you are the very first one in your group to be expecting, these are the steps to take to start the search on your own:

Just Google It

Head to your computer or mobile device and begin an online search for local newborn photographers. You will want to make sure the photographer you consider has a website, Facebook page and possibly even blog. If a photographer that you are looking at only has a Facebook page, you may be risking the fact that they are not licensed or insured. A photographer who has a properly set up business has all the online marketing devices they need to attract potential clients which in turn helps their business grow and thrive. Review websites for the following items:

  • Portfolio – image galleries should showcase a good sampling of the photographer’s work. Look for consistency in image quality, composition and style.
  • Read all the information the photographer provides about how they work, their philosophy and who they are. You should get a good feel about whether you think you will like working with the photographer from the information they provide on their website.
  • If you like the work of the photographer, contact them to learn more about what they offer and how they work. You can begin your communication with an email to the photographer inquiring about their availability.
  • I recommend making sure you speak to the photographer over the phone after the initial email inquiry. It is the quickest way to determine if you like the photographer and get immediate answers from them while you interview them. This consultation is often required by photographers to make sure the fit is good for everyone.

baby-led posing for lifestyle newborn session

At this point, you should have a good idea of who you are interested in hiring as your newborn photographer and be well on your way to creating the images that will become your family heritage.

Father holding newborn daughter in her nursery

As a newborn and family photographer with six years of experience, Terri Hughes of Simply Human Pictures has become an expert in her field of Lifestyle Newborn Photography. She has had the honored pleasure of creating honest and lasting images for her clients as they begin their families and embark on the journey of parenthood. If you are looking for a newborn photographer and would like to learn more about her style and methods, please view her portfolio and contact her for more information: terri@simplyhumanpictures.com; 757-812-5322.


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