How to Choose a Newborn Photographer

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Whether it’s your first, second or fifth baby, the arrival of a new family member is an exciting time! Babies change so quickly so capturing memories of those early days is important. Newborn photography allows you to freeze time and preserve memories of your little one in their earliest stages of life. With so many photographers to choose from in Knoxville alone, it can be overwhelming to select the right one. In this blog post, we will discuss some key factors to consider when choosing a newborn photographer in order to ensure you get photos that love and can look back on your session as an experience that you loved.

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One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a newborn photographer is experience. Newborn photography requires a special skill set and a gentle touch. Photographers who specialize in newborn photography understand how to safely and comfortably handle and pose babies. They also have a good understanding of lighting, angles, and camera settings to get the best possible results. Make sure to look for a photographer who has plenty of experience with newborn photography and has a portfolio that showcases work that resonates with you.

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Another factor to consider when choosing a newborn photographer is style. Different photographers have different approaches to newborn photography, and it is important to find a photographer whose style aligns with your vision. Some photographers prefer a more natural and candid approach, while others prefer a more posed and stylized approach. Some photographers only shoot in-home and some have a studio that you can use for your session. Take a look at the photographer’s portfolio and see what kind of images they have produced in the past. If you have a specific style in mind, make sure to communicate this to the photographer to ensure they understand your preferences.

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Safety should always be a top priority when it comes to choosing a newborn photographer. Newborns are delicate and fragile, and it is important to choose a photographer who has appropriate knowledge and education around handling babies. Make sure the photographer you choose has a good understanding of how to hold and pose newborns in a safe and comfortable manner. They should also have a good understanding of how to use props and accessories in a safe manner, and should be equipped with a backup plan in case of any unexpected events.

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Communication + Client Experience

This ties into the photographer’s experience overall, but you want to pay attention to how the photographer initially responds to your contact or inquiry form. Do they respond in a timely manner, or does it take a while? Good communication is key to a successful photo session and the way a photographer communicates is usually indicative of the experience you will have with them. It is important to choose a photographer who you feel comfortable talking to and who is responsive to your questions and concerns. The photographer should take the time to understand your needs and preferences, and should be able to provide you with clear and concise information about their services and packages. Make sure to ask any questions you have about the session, and don’t be afraid to communicate any special requests or concerns you have.

You will want to pay attention to their client experience. What special things do they offer that other photographers don’t? Do they have a client wardrobe or assist with outfit selection? Do they provide a hair and makeup artist or are you expected to show up ready to be photographed? What is their process for delivering your images. These are questions to ask, or find answers to on their website, before you decide.

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References and Reviews

Finally, it is important to consider references and reviews when choosing a newborn photographer. Ask the photographer for references from previous clients, and take the time to read reviews on their website and on Google. This will give you a good understanding of the photographer’s reputation and how they left previous clients feeling after working with them. Reviews from previous clients can provide valuable insight into the photographer’s work and process, and can help you make a more informed decision.

Are you expecting and looking for a newborn photographer? First of all, congratulations!! We would be honored to chat with you about what you’re looking for in your experience and explain how we can serve you! You can contact us HERE to get the conversation started. We can’t wait to meet you!

If you want to read more about our tips for a newborn session, head to this blog!

Kayla is a Knoxville family photographer offering family, maternity and newborn photography in a natural light studio or on location in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area. Want to read more about what it looks like to experience a KFP session? Click here for more details or contact us to book your family or newborn photo session.


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