Newborn Photography - New parents biggest concerns
As a newborn photographer, I talk to so many expectant parents, some who are months away from their due date. I have come to realise that there are some common fears that prevent families from booking a Newborn Photography session. This post is designed to talk you through those reasons in the hope that it might ease your mind about booking a newborn photography session.
My baby hasn’t arrived yet. Why should I book already?
The first and most obvious reason that prevents families booking in advance is that they just want to make sure baby arrives safely before committing to something. This is something I totally understand and it is natural for expectant parents to have anxiety about this. As a studio we do take bookings from people that have just had their first scan. We know due dates are not always reliable so most newborn photographers will operate a ‘flexible diary.’ This means their capacity to take bookings can be limited and waiting until your baby arrives could lead to disappointment as there may not be availability. Out our studio we prefer to photography babies up to 14 days old so it is likely we would not have availability should you wait before enquiring.
I don’t think I will be able to leave the house so soon after giving birth!
It’s true, you will have no idea how your body is going to feel after you have given birth, whether naturally or by C-Section. This is one of the most common reasons I find that families decide not to book a session.
Because I am aware of this, everything I do from the ease of communication before the session to your time in our studio is designed to enable you to feel, comfortable, relaxed and looked after. We know you will be anxious, we know you will be tired, we know that you need a friendly face to welcome you and a pamper. The clients that visit us always comment upon how relaxed and well-looked after they felt at our studio.
Most families that visit us are leaving the house for the first time since they came home from the hospital and it is lovely to see the look of relief and triumph on their faces as they successfully make their appointment on time.
It is hard to imagine how you will feel in these early days but one thing we can guarantee is that we will look after you and your new baby. You won’t have to do a thing.
Will my baby be safe?
It can feel very odd to hand your new precious bundle over to a complete stranger and have them placed into some of the classic newborn poses. Our studio is set up so that you can see exactly what is happening at all times. All good newborn photographers should have had some kind of training in working safely with newborns so don’t be afraid to ask.
In our studio, we keep the temperature nice and toasty so that your baby is comfortable and we work with an assist ‘spotter’ - someone who is always close to your baby whilst my hands are on my camera. Some shots that we do are composites so that your baby can be safely supported in order to achieve the desired effect in post processing.
I don’t want to spend much, it’s expensive enough at this time!
This is a very common objection to hiring a professional photographer as it is often viewed as a non-essential spend at a time when nappies, baby grows and wipes are certainly very essential. But after those dirty nappies and teeny clothes are long forgotten it is beautiful portraiture that will allow you to remember that unique and special time. In that sense, your artwork will only increase in value as your baby grows and changes. It is an investment in your family memories. Once that newborn phase has passed you can never get that time back again. All of the families that visit us express they don’t regret purchasing artwork of their baby and many of them still have their pictures hanging on the wall many years later. Similarly, we often hear people expressing regret at not having commemorated this time with a photography session. Ultimately, our experience is a very bespoke one meaning you decide what you want to purchase after the session when you come back for the viewing. We don’t believe in creating packages where you pay upfront for photos you haven’t even seen yet and you have full control over your artwork choices.
One thing we know with certainty in the years we have been helping families to create amazing memories… The only ones that regret it are the ones that don't do it.
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