Ever wonder why you should hire a professional Newborn Photographer?
Here at Lovely Fitzgerald Photography my favorite thing to photograph is newborns and capturing families with their new baby. Here are some of my top reasons and justifications for hiring a professional newborn photographer.
1. They are only this little ONCE!
I know you’ve heard it a million times before, but your tiny little newborn will grow so quickly!! In a blink of an eye your sleepy baby will be transformed into a wobbly toddler and then into a running child. 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 for the first time. You’ll pull out those photos and be amazed at how big your child has grown. You are truly capturing a fleeting moment in time.
2. Small Window of Time!
The beautiful, curled up sleepy newborn photos that you see are taken within the first 4-12 days after birth. My First 72 sessions are done between the 1st and the 4th day of life. 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 child is born. My advice is to hire a professional photographer before you deliver so you won’t waste any of those fleeting moments with your new baby. This way when your baby is sleeping you aren’t searching the internet for a photographer, you can actually sleep as well. You can thank me later. I would recommend having your photographer in place before you reach 32 weeks in your pregnancy, just in case you deliver early.
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. Ask them if they have an assistant who does spotting or if they do composite images during the editing process. Most professional photographers will take several photos and merge them into a composite to achieve certain poses. Consider the photo below which shows just how professional newborn photographers achieve a tricky pose safely. This final photo was a photoshop composite created from two separate photos. Hands were on baby supporting it at all times.
These days, most people have DSLR cameras. However, most of my clients will admit to me that they turn their camera to auto and let their camera do the work. Modern cameras can take great images on auto, but things can go very wrong too, especially with bad hospital lighting and red baby skin. This can result in dark images, blurry images or over exposed images. Your photographer will know how to use their equipment and will have manual control over their camera. They will be choosing their ISO, shutter speed and f-stop to ensure the image is well exposed. They will know their equipment in and out to get the best possible image of your little one. They will also have professional grade lenses and lighting to help capture tiny details that regular lenses won’t catch.
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 photographer will know exactly how to edit your images to get you wall-worthy images of your sweet little one.
Your photographer will pay close attention to the details. With newborn photography, babies are posed right down to the position of their hands and lips. Blankets are smoothed out. Fabrics are ironed. Background clutter is removed. The time of day and babies’ feeding schedule are taken into consideration. The temperature and ambiance of the room is carefully planned. Every part of the image and your session is carefully planned to ensure that you get the best images possible. There are certain variables that a professional photographer knows how to manipulate to help ensure an easier and more successful session. You also get to access a professional photographers prop collection and won’t have to worry about purchasing your own props.
I mention this last because, in my opinion, it isn’t the first thing that should be considered when hiring a photographer. You should definitely search for a photographer that fits with your budget, but don’t make that the only reason you hire someone in particular. This is an investment and something that can’t be redone at a later time. Consider your budget, but also consider the photographer who will make your investment worthwhile. A photographer who charges very little may not have the ability to provide you with the type of photos you’ll want to proudly view time and time again. You also have to take into consideration quality vs. quantity. Do you want 150 mediocre images or 40 images that take your breath away?
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Your child’s first year comes with a lot of milestones and changes! As both a mom and a photographer, I cannot stress enough how important it is to document these stages along the way. You will never look back and regret that you took the time to get portraits of your child, only that you didn’t. Especially from birth to two years, I recommend getting portraits done every 3-6 months because changes happen so fast!! After that I recommend, at the minimum, a yearly portrait of your child and your family!
Jessica of Lovely Fitzgerald Photography is one of the most sought out newborn photographers in North Dallas. If you are interested in booking a shoot with Lovely Fitzgerald Photography or would just like more information please contact Jessica.
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