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Some Tips for Choosing the Right Newborn Photographer


Newborn baby pictures taken by Kerry Paradis Photography

When you are pregnant there are so many things running through your mind. You want to be as prepared as possible to ensure you are ready for that little bundle of joy when they arrive. You do all your research on the best car seats, cribs, strollers, etc, but how much research do you do on the newborn photographer? Have you even thought about newborn photos? There are many things to consider when choosing the right newborn photographer, after all, they will be holding your most precious asset. Remember, you only get one chance to get their newborn photos, is it worth risking it with an inexperienced photographer? Below are some things to consider to ensure you choose the right photographer for you. You can also checkout my website. I have a dedicated homepage for my newborn photography since I specialize in Newborn, Weddings and Family Photography. Here is the link.

Portfolio

The first thing you would probably want to look at is their portfolio. There are many different styles to photography out there and if you don't like the style of the photographer, it is a non-starter. Just like with food, people have different tastes for photography. I follow different photographers from around the world. I don't like to follow local photographers since you could start to look too much alike. Any photographer who tells you they don't follow other photographers would be lying. I am not saying I copy their styles, but in order to stay relevant in the industry, you have to get ideas from somewhere. I'm sure you've gotten on Pinterest

for new ideas for a party, outfit, or recipe idea. There are lots of photographers that I respect. Here is a link to my portfolio. I try and keep it as up-to-date as possible, but I don't always have the time. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you can get an idea of recent shoots that I have done.

Editing

Not all editing is created equal. Editing is by far the most time consuming part of the process. Each photographer may edit a little different. Some edit better than others and some send out the editing to a third party. I have invested a lot of money in my Photoshop Presets and prefer to handling the editing on my own. I feel that only the person who took the picture truly knows what they were going for with that particular picture. Lucky for you, I am super picky when it comes to the editing process. I look for even the smallest details to correct. My husband always gets on me about this. He says, "why are you so picky, the client will never notice a detail that small." I tell him, "but I know and that's all that matters." Most photographers will edit in LightRoom and avoid Photoshop at all costs. I used to be this way in the beginning. Now, I love Photoshop and prefer it over LightRoom. They are both Adobe products, but Photoshop is capable of a lot more. The picture below could never be done in LightRoom. It is actually two different pictures merged into one. If your newborn photographer can't use Photoshop, you are missing out on a lot of good pictures.

Picture of a newborn froggy pose taken by Kerry Paradis Photography