What to Look for When Choosing a Newborn Photographer

As you begin your search for a newborn photographer you’re going to come across two different styles of newborn photography; posed/styled and lifestyle. Posed newborn photography is generally newborns wrapped up or posed and placed in adorable, styled sets whereas lifestyle newborn photography is a documentary-type style of you interacting with your newborn in a home-setting. Once you choose the style that fits you it’s time to choose which photographer you’d like to capture your bundle-of-joy’s first moments.

Here are 5 tips on how to choose the perfect newborn photographer for you and your growing family:

1. Experience. While it is important for beginner-photographers to practice to hone in on their skills you must really evaluate if you are okay with someone just starting out versus an experienced newborn photographer. Experienced newborn photographers have photographed multiple babies as well as understand the fundamentals of photography, composition and lighting.
Lauren R. H. Campbell Photography has 13 years of experience in photographing newborns. In addition, Lauren has completed multiple safety trainings with photographers such as Paloma Schell & Ana Brandt.

2. Safety. I am sure that I don’t need to tell you that this is extremely important! Has your photographer had training in safety, posing and best-practices when it comes to newborn photography? Is your photographer vaccinated? Is he or she trained in newborn CPR and/or first-aid? Will they wear a mask during sessions? These are all things that should be considered when choosing your photographer and it is okay to ask any potential photographers these questions.
In addition to infant CPR and first-aid training, Lauren has completed multiple trainings in safety with newborns to include proper posing and wrapping to ensure the most comfort and safety to your newborn.

3. Photography Style / Aesthetic. There are countless styles when it comes to newborn photography. Colors used, angles, lighting (bright or dark & moody), props, headbands & bonnets. Make sure to check out their website and social media to ensure that you like their style and that their style is consistent from client to client.
Lauren has spent countless hours procuring the best and most unique products on the market in addition to popular, in-style props. Her style is typically a cross between dark & moody and bright. She likes working with shadows and angles to achieve the most beautiful images possible.

4. Price. This definitely should not be the only factor when choosing a photographer but it is an important one especially if you’re working within a budget. It is important to point out that there are several factors that are considered by the photographer when determining a price for their session and photo collection such as: trainings (these can be anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand), equipment (QUALITY equipment is important! Yes, iPhones can take some pretty good photos nowadays but you wouldn’t want your photographer to use one for your session), props (quality props are not cheap!! Outfits, headbands, bonnets are very expensive not to mention that photographers typically have a large variety to choose from), insurance (yes, we need to and should be insured to handle your little-one!). Additional expenses for the photographer can include rent for the studio, traveling and utilities.
Lauren R. H. Campbell is insured to handle your newborn. Additionally, Lauren’s custom-built studio is outfitted with several props, outfits, bonnets & headbands for your newborn. Lauren photographs with a Nikon z7 mirrorless camera.

5. Products Offered. What sort of products the potential photographer provides is an important question to ask. Will you get digital images? Will they come on a USB or do you have to download them? Do you have a release to have them printed? Where do you even print quality images? Are prints or albums offered? While most clients want digital images, having those precious memories on a physical product is a whole other experience. Having a beautiful image to hang on your wall for years to come does not compare to keeping the photos on a USB drive (or even a CD!!) where no one can enjoy them. Technology is ever-evolving. Most computers do not even come with a CD drive anymore and eventually we’ll move past storing information on USB drives. Having your images printed will ensure you have these memories for a lifetime and longer.
Lauren R. H. Campbell offers a variety of products from digital images to USB drives, prints, albums and wall art.

Be sure to reach out to us at Lauren R. H. Campbell Photography to capture your precious new baby’s first moments!!

laurencampbellphoto@yahoo.com | 717-253-5681
Located in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania

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