So you are expecting?! What an exciting time! I am excited for you. I remember each time I found out I had a little one on the way and the millions of emotions that you are feeling. One thing I loved doing while I was pregnant was documenting what was going on with my body, emotions and thoughts about each of my little one's. Each one is unique. Each one is special and each one will grow so quickly that these tiny details will fade.
One thing I regret is failing to document my first 2 babies by a professional photographer. I do have a million photos of each of them. I have them on cell phones and old computers and somewhere on the interwebs but I do not have these types of images.
I know when choosing a photographer there are a lot of things to think about. Here are a few questions you should ask when you are looking for the perfect match!
Most professional photographers will have a website available for you to browse through their work. Every newborn photographer has a different style and vision. Do you love their work? Can you envision your little one in the poses and sets that are available to you. Do you love how they are perfectly posed with mom or dad or the siblings? This is where you can find out if you have an emotional attachment to this style of photography. Not every photographer is going to have the same vision as you and that is OK! There are lots of amazing people out there and one is sure to speak to you!
Ask for references or find out if you can view their reviews on google, their website or facebook. Sometimes you can find some red flags or you can figure out that this may be a good fit for you!
Ask how long they have been in business, and what education they have. An experienced newborn photographer will know all of the industry secrets about posing, soothing and most importantly safety for your newborn. Newborn photography is not as easy as clicking a button. Ask if the photographer has mentored or had any formal training. Likewise, ask if they are a state registered business and are insured. I know this may seem strange but there are many "new" or inexperienced "photographers" out there that are running illegal "businesses." Be mindful that not every photographer is going to deliver a safe and quality experience for your and your most precious newborn.
Newborn photography does require an investment. The cost will depend on location, what is included in your session, the photographer's income and their own investment into this business. Try your best to think that these images will be with you for a lifetime. I hear so many times "I want a photographer that doesn't cost and arm and a leg." We invest in what we value. For some people that may be a new set of curtains or subscription to People magazine. We spend a lot of money on frivolous things. Sometimes it is a car payment... or a mortgage payment to get something that is going to last you a LIFETIME! How many things do you keep forever? Pictures of your newborn are going to be used in their high school yearbook, their wedding, when their first child arrives so they can compare their tiny nose and toes. Try not to make it just about the money. Ask about payment plan, credit car payment or save through the 9 months you are waiting for that little one to arrive. I promise it is worth it.
Shelly specializes in maternity, newborn, milestone, cake smash and family photography. She offers both studio and on location photography to the Colorado Springs area, including Fort Carson, Broadmoor, Briargate, Broadmoor Bluffs, Peterson Air Force Base, USAFA, Air Force Academy, Fountain, Manitou, Cascade, Woodland Park, Monument, Pikes Peak.