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7 Top Reasons Why You Should Hire A Professional Newborn Photographer


Picture of a newborn baby in the froggy pose taken by Kerry Paradis Photography

Maybe I am a little biased, but I think it is very important to hire a professional photographer to take your newborn photos. There are lots of things to consider that you may have not thought of if you had planned on taking the pictures on your own. Here the top 7 reasons why you should consider hiring a professional:

There is a Small Window of Time

I normally photograph newborns within the first week of life. There are times when I make exceptions, but it is not ideal. You have a limited time frame to get these photos taken and you don’t want to be searching for someone who may or may not have availability during the days just after your baby is born. My advice is to hire a professional photographer before you deliver so you won’t waste any of those precious moments with your new baby. If I were to recommend a time when you should book your session, I would say around 2-3 months out. We can always change the date if we need to, but this way I can be aware of what my calendar will look like around the time of delivery. If you wait until you baby is born, you may be searching the internet for a photographer while he/she is sleeping which is when you should be sleeping too.

They Are Only Little Once

People used to tell me that my kids will grow up in the blink of an eye. Now my kids are 3 and 5 and I don't know where the time went. In the blink of an eye your baby will grow from this little baby that you were able to hold and snuggle with to a toddler running around that you can't keep up with. Years from now you will hold the photos from your newborn session in your hands and be able to re-live the emotion of holding your child in your arms. You’ll pull out those photos and be amazed at how big your child has grown. You are truly capturing an unforgettable and irreplaceable moment in time.

Safety

You won’t want to hand your sweet new baby over to just anyone, and you should make sure your photographer is trained and knowledgable in newborn safety. Professional Newborn photographers are familiar with exactly how to hold babies safely, when and how to pose babies, and more importantly, how not to pose your baby. We are trained to treat babies safely and respectfully. No photo is more important than the safety of a baby! If you have certain poses in mind ask your photographer before hand if they have done it before and if they know how to do it safely. Most professional photographers will take several photos and merge them into a composite to achieve certain poses.

Equipment and Studio

Professional photographers spend a lot of money on good equipment. There is a reason why the cameras and flashes cost what they do. Can you take pictures with a standard point and shoot camera, sure. Would the pictures turn out as good, probably not. The expensive cameras are able to catch better light and have more megapixels. This allows for more detail to be captured. Having the perfect lighting setup in a studio setting is critical. There can be lots of shadows if the lighting is not right and can be hard to fix later. When I first got into photography I used to shoot out of my house. Now that I have a studio, there is a huge difference in my work. It is an extra expense that I now have, but it makes my job easier because there is less editing.

Editing

Photographers carefully re-touch your images. We use products like Photoshop and Lightroom to ensure that your images are properly exposed, the colors are perfect and the image is polished to a professional level. I always aim to get the best possible photo straight from my camera, but every image can be enhanced through editing, especially newborn photos. Lots of babies have red feet and hands or may have yellow skin from being jaundiced. Most babies have peeling and flaky skin, baby acne, or scratches from their nails. Some babies even have bruising as a result of a difficult delivery. A professional photogr