What to know when finding a newborn photographer

Now that you’ve started your search for the perfect newborn photographer you’re probably coming across a lot of questions. It’s a big decision, there’s no doubt about it. This person will handle your brand new little one. To help you navigate the process, I’m sure you’re scouring through dozens of websites to find a photographer who is safe, knowledgeable, experienced, and has the experience to create beautiful and unique images for your session. While all of these deserve some thought, don’t forget to factor in the most important consideration of all: newborn safety.

Safety is the number one thing you should consider when hiring a newborn photographer. Babies are only 5 to 10 days old, so they are still tiny, vulnerable, and fragile. An experienced newborn photographer will not only have extensive training on the proper handling of an infant for posing, but will also know how to create an environment that is completely safe and sanitary. Maintaining a warm temperature that is consistent is key for both safety and comfort. It also helps babies stay sleepy, which allows them to be posed in the adorable squishy newborn photos. Still, many of the sweet poses you see of newborns on Pinterest are accomplished with the additional help of Photoshop and are truly just an illusion. Therefore, it’s never a good idea to ask a friend who has a good camera to pose your baby and take some photographs.

After photographing babies for over 7 years, I’ve learned exactly what is required to accomplish these poses- and trust me, they are all dependent on the baby! For example, some babies are very sensitive to bending, while others don't like their fingers touched- but you don’t really discover their sensitivities until you are already in the midst of photographing them. An experienced photographer will start with a plan, but will be completely aware and willing to adjust if the baby is uncomfortable in any way.

Many times, some helpful hands are required in order to capture certain poses and set ups. Getting the perfect shot is never worth risking the safety of a newborn. Certain poses require specific safety factors that ensure the baby doesn’t topple over or get posed in a way that could harm or hurt them in any way. Just because a baby looks asleep, doesn’t mean they won’t move—between the startle reflex and the little things like noise, touch, and different environments. Even simple things like making sure the camera strap is securely around my neck when photographing directly above a newborn are things an inexperienced photographer wouldn't consider when photographing a new baby. For this reason, newborn photography should never be DIY. When calling around to reserve a baby photographer, be sure to ask about their safety know-how.

Here at Thistle Lane, photographing your newborn is an honor I don’t take lightly! I spend the time to listening to your newborn cues, watching for discomfort, knowing safety risks and reactions and will help shhh them to sleep while gently and safely placing them in poses that will create portraits you will cherish forever.

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