Things to Consider When Hiring a Newborn Photographer - Hunterdon County, NJ

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Congrats! You're expecting your first, second, third, or even fourth or fifth baby! Maybe you're having multiples...(twins? triplets?). Either way, you want to document this time because, as they say , "it goes by too fast".

You will quickly realize that your new baby looks completely different at a week old than they did on the day they were born. That's why it's important to capture all those adorable little features early on. Otherwise you're left trying to remember all those moments that may seem like a blur induced by lack of sleep, and adjusting to having a new little one to take care of.

You've done all the research on raising a newborn and how to keep them perfectly safe, and the same should go for hiring a newborn photographer. After all, you want to make sure your baby is in good hands at all times.

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Below are a few questions to think about when looking for a photographer to capture your baby's first few days on this earth:

Does the photographer specialize in newborns?

Your wedding photographer may not have much experience photographing babies. Many photographers will choose an area of photography that they enjoy and stick with it. I don't often photograph weddings or events because that's just not my area of expertise, and I don't enjoy it as much as photographing babies and children. Being sure that the photographer you choose specializes in newborn photography will ensure that they know what they are doing, and can safely handle your little one.

Is the photographer trained in newborn safety?

It is so important that the photographer you choose has had training in proper safety, handling, and posing for newborns. If not, they run risk injuring the baby. I have taken many newborn workshops and I am proudly certified in newborn photography. I know exactly how to handle your new baby gently and safely, while keeping them cozy and content in the studio.

How many years of experience do they have photographing newborns?

I have been photographing and specializing in newborns for over 6 years. Please don't hire the photographer that is just starting out, because they are cheaper, unless you know that they have had the proper training. A lot of time and money is invested by the photographer to make sure that they are doing everything properly, and with your baby's safety as their main priority. So, even if the newborn photographer you choose is not "cheap", please know that they are priced based on their experience, skill level, and many other factors.

Is the photographer insured?

This should go without saying, but there are some photographers out there that work without insurance.

Does the photographer have a designated studio space?

Lifestyle photographers may come to your home to capture your new little one, but if you're looking for strategically posed images of your baby with multiple prop setups, it is a good idea to find a photographer with a designated studio space. This gives the parents the options to look at the different props and outfits that the photographer has and may be able to incorporate into the session. 

Are the photographer's props and outfits cleaned and sanitized before the session?

All of the outfits and props that I plan to use during your session are cleaned beforehand. Outfits and swaddles get washed with fragrance and dye free detergent, and anything that cannot be washed gets sanitized with spray or a UV light. In fact, my entire studio is cleaned and sanitized before you even walk in the door.

Does the client need to bring anything to their session?

Before all of my newborn sessions, I send out a questionnaire to get a better idea of the colors and themes you would like incorporated in your session. After I receive the filled out questionnaire, I put together all of the setups for your little one. I provide all of the props, outfits, and swaddles. The only thing parents need to bring is the baby (I even have extra diapers at the studio). Of course, if the parents/siblings want to be in the photos as well, which is welcomed and encouraged, I will guide them beforehand on what to wear. I do have a limited wardrobe to choose from for siblings and moms.

How much should you expect to pay for your newborn session?

Every photographer is priced differently based on many factors, such as level/years of experience, cost of overhead and utilities (if they have a studio), equipment, props, insurance, and more. However, newborn sessions are not the time to be searching for a budget photographer. Clients who book their newborn session with me typically invest anywhere from $1,500-$3,000.

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