A Guide To Finding the Best Photographer For Your Newborn Photo Shoot

by Alex Melen on September 29, 2022

A Guide To Finding the Best Photographer For Your Newborn Photo Shoot

Some people are perfectly happy with taking pictures on their phone, iPad, or camera. Some individuals, who fancy themselves quite the photographer, rely on either old-school or new age cameras. Still others, however, who don't feel like they could take a perfectly focused picture, leave it to a professional photographer and a newborn photo shoot.

If you have a newborn in your home, you'll likely want lots of pictures and to put together a photo album. The memories you create with your baby will be captured forever that way. But for the birth announcement and maybe for that place of honor on your desktop, you might decide you want a professional to take a truly incredible shot.

How do you pick the best photographer?

Ask About Pricing

Before you make a final decision, you want to be sure to consider your budget. Make sure there aren’t going to be any hidden fees before you sign any contracts. Whatever they list as their price, find out everything that's included. A photographer may offer extra products (and charge for them) in addition to the session fee. Do you need to bring your own props or are they included?

Are They Flexible?

It isn't always easy photographing a newborn. In the middle of the shoot, the baby might have an "accident", they may get fussy, etc. Find out how these situations are handled by your potential photographer. To nurse your baby, you may also need to take a break.

Do they use themes for their shoots? If you bring your own props, can they accommodate you?

Safety Is a Consideration

The photographer's number one concern, and yours, should be safety. In photographing newborns, the person you choose should have lots of experience. Within reach of your child, will there always be a "spotter"? Make sure the poses they have in mind are safe. Germs are another consideration, so make sure everything is clean and sanitized. Are they vaccinated?

Check Their Portfolio

This practically goes without saying, but you're going to want to look at a portfolio by the photographer. You'll be able to see what kind of poses they prefer, props used in the past, whether the baby looked comfortable, etc.

Look at Reviews

It is easier today than ever before to find reviews of any service, product, or company. You may not want to bother with the reviews on the photographer’s website, however. They could be plants. Try to go to a website that is unbiased for the reviews you need.


In addition to this, ask for recommendations. Talk to the people who have used this photographer. Were they happy? Were there any issues? If so, how were those issues resolved? Ask to see the pictures they ended up with, as well.

Once you decide on a professional photographer and they meet the criteria you've put forth, it's time to set up a meeting. To complete a photography session involving a newborn, you may want to set aside 2 to 3 hours. Make sure the photographer makes you feel comfortable, as well as your child.

Photobook Press Can Help You Create a Baby/Birth Announcement

At our Photobook Press website, once you have your newborn photo shoot complete, you can quickly and easily put together your baby's birth announcement. Before you know it, you'll be able to send them out to friends and family. We have easy to follow instructions and can assist you in creating a beautiful, one-of-a-kind product. In addition to birth announcements and other types of cards, we can help you put together photo books for a variety of occasions. We also offer services that will help you create wall art, calendars, and more.

If you have any questions or concerns about photo books or our other products/services, use our convenient online form to start a conversation with one of our representatives.  You may, however, choose to email us at support@photobookpress.com or give us a call at 888-333-6950.

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