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Three P’s of Choosing Your Newborn Photographer

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Alright, forgive the corny alliteration, but as I was planning this blog post, I realized that the factors in choosing who you should hire to photograph your new baby boil down to 3 things and they all start with P. 🙂 Before we dive into them, I want to acknowledge that this decision can be overwhelming. Knoxville has so many photographers, and it’s hard to know who you should trust with such a big milestone. How do you know which one is the perfect fit for you? Grab a cup of something hot and let’s dive into the three P’s of choosing the perfect newborn photographer – price, portfolio, and process.


Let’s kick things off with the big question—how much is this going to cost? I get it, budgeting for baby expenses can feel like a game of financial tetris. When it comes to pricing, it’s important to find a photographer whose rates align with your budget. Look for photographers who offer transparent pricing and packages that suit your needs. You’ll want to decide if you’re more interested in digital files or physical artwork like albums and framed prints. Is it important to you that the price includes all of the images, or are you happy with selecting a certain number of photos? Most photographers have their pricing, or at the very least a ‘starting at’ price on their website, so you can narrow down to the ones who fit your budget.


Next up, let’s talk portfolios. The style of photos you see on a photographer’s website or social media are what you should expect to receive in your final gallery. Be sure to browse several sites to find a style that look and feels like what you envision. You should also pay attention to the types of posing you see in the photos – are they mostly “everyone smiling at the camera” shots, or does the photographer capture a lot of candid, natural moments. What is your preference on types of posing? The best way to ensure you love your newborn photos is to find a photographer whose images make you think “I want photos like that!”

Process (Client Experience)

Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about the client experience—the process of working with your chosen photographer from start to finish. This is where the magic happens, so it’s essential to find someone who makes you feel comfortable, heard, and understood. Pay attention to how they communicate, their responsiveness to your inquiries, and their willingness to accommodate your needs and preferences. A smooth and seamless client experience can make all the difference in the world when it comes to documenting this new season in a stress-free manner.

And there you have it, mama—the three P’s of choosing the perfect newborn photographer for your family. By doing a quick Google search and filtering each website through these factors, you should be able to narrow down to a handful of potential photographers to reach out to. Of course, if you’re expecting, I’d love for you to browse my pricing and portfolio to see if you think we’d be a good fit!

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