newborn photographyIt’s an exciting moment to be alive! Newborn photography has been gaining more and more popularity as more parents ask for their few days old babies to have some memorable pictures taken of. It’s not hard to get some awesome and inspiring pictures of your own child anymore these days.

What, however, do parents need to do to prepare for it? You can’t just snatch up a photographer and hope that you’ll get some decent pictures. The process can also be complicated with gambling on your due date.

Second trimester

During your second trimester, you should begin looking for a newborn photographer. This is the most comfortable time for you to move around and do some research as signs of pregnancy is lessening. It’s also a time where most photographers are still available.

Online portfolios

The Internet is the easiest place to begin your search. This is the most suitable place for those who have no recommendations for the newborn photographer to start with. You can look through indexes and visit their sites. Newborn photographers usually put up some of their best portfolios and you can assess their style and see if you like them or not.

Once you see several ones that caught your eye, contact them to see if they’ll be available around your due date. You can that eliminate down to the ones that you like and will be available.

Assess professionalism

Some photographers do newborn photography as a side job, while others, like, do it as their main line of photography profession. What are the differences here?

Putting it as their main line means that they are completely focused on keeping their skills up to take the best newborn pictures. They will also remain updated on the newest terms, ethics, props and poses on newborn sessions. These aren’t things that people who do it as a side thing can quickly catch up with.

Also, there’s the difference in professionalism to the thing on. Portrait photography is very closely related and can still be considered to support one’s professionalism in newborn sessions.

Flexibility of schedules

You also need a photographer that is flexible enough to let you decide the date of the photography once you’ve delivered. Countdown to your due date isn’t always exactly accurate; doctors can only make predictions. So, your photographer should be giving you at least 5-10 days of flexibility around the promised date of the session.

It doesn’t end here. Days after labor is usually tiring for the mother as she has to adjust and care for the baby. It’s very new. In the case that the session went on longer than expected (like 4 hours long!), you may want to ask your photographer to see if it’s possible to continue next time. This kind of service is usually provided by especially expensive and professional photographers.

Be ready for the hassle

Like shown before, sessions can last 4 hours not because the photographer isn’t competent, but it can wildly depend on how your newborn baby will fare. It’s not a great idea to blame your photographer because you also have a role to play. And that is, to feed the baby so it can calm down.

Such are the preparations that parents should make for newborn photography.