Expecting a baby is such an exciting time in your life! There are so many things to think about, including finding the Newcastle newborn photographer who is right for you. How do determine the right fit? Here are three key questions to ask yourself.
Do you prefer posed newborn photos or lifestyle?
These are some of the most important photographs you will have – as a mama of three I can tell you how quickly those first days pass. Take the time to see what style of photography speaks to you. Posed newborn sessions generally place newborns safely in a variety of poses on beanbags or cushions. The newborn is placed on their own and you receive beautiful portraits of baby. Sometimes these also include sibling or parent portraits, and you may expect to pay additional for these. A lifestyle newcastle newborn photographer will take a different approach. Lifestyle photography generally tends to keep your baby in your arms or your partner’s arms, and focuses on the connections between you. You can expect many photographs with parents and siblings, and usually some portraits of baby alone. These tend to be more natural poses and how you would typically see your baby.
Do you like true-to-life editing or more artistic?
Again, take the time to look through the work of a Newcastle newborn photographer. Each photographer will have their own unique editing style. Look at the colours you are drawn to. Make a pinterest board or screenshot the images that really speak to you. This will help you narrow down a photographer who’s work you adore.
Do you want to go to a studio or want your photographer to come to you?
There are pros and cons to both. Both posed and lifestyle photography can happen either in a studio or in your home, so think about what is best for your family. Maybe you like the idea of going to a studio. Maybe you love the idea of not having to leave the house. There is no right answer, but definitely think about this when looking into photographers. Some photographers use rental studios – I personally love The Vintage Loft studio in Whitby, which also has a bedroom set-up for a lifestyle feel in studio.
Do you want access to a client wardrobe?
Finally, some photographers offer a “client closet” to their clients. Basically this is a wardrobe full of beautiful dresses available to clients, usually free of charge. This is a big bonus as you don’t have to worry about going shopping for new outfits, especially with a newborn. There are also some great rental places in Durham, including Sugarbump Gown Rentals, which allow you access to so many different styles. You can find all my gowns, both maternity and non-maternity here.
The most important thing to do when looking at booking a newborn photographer is making sure you love their work and click with their personality. I would love to connect with you about making your session unique to you – reach out and let’s start planning.