The photography industry is one of the fastest growing niches in the country. Our mobile phone cameras have awakened an appetite for photography unimaginable just twenty years ago. And digital photography has made it so easy to turn an idea into a hobby, and a hobby into a profession. But with so many photographers around, what should you look out for in choosing a newborn photographer?
How to Choose a Newborn Photographer
Once you’ve settled on the value of professional photography, the following three essentials may help you decide on what you need in a newborn photographer.
(1) Experience, Experience, Experience
Anyone can point and shoot, but professional photography requires an understanding of the fundamentals of the art, things like light, composition, and the like. More importantly, newborn photography requires experience and skill. And handling infants and performing safe posing techniques is a skill perfected over time. There’s simply no substitute for experience.
Does the newborn photographer run a registered business, and if so, how long have they been in business? I cannot think of another service that you’d want to be in the hands of a beginner less.
Does the photographer specialise in newborn photography, or is it a secondary service they offer? It’s very difficult to master multiple genres of photography. The best photographers are typically specialists in their field. And if the photographer is registered at the Australian Institute of Photography (AIPP), even better.
(2) The Priority of Safety
While this is, in fact, priority number one in the industry, an experienced photographer will have this mastered. Still, it doesn’t hurt to ask a photographer about their safety policies or ask to see some pictures of the studio. An experienced photographer will be more than happy to field your safety-related questions.
If you’re an experiential learner (explorer), a good way to get a feel for the studio yourself is to book a maternity session. Capture some memorable preggie photos while you give the studio a test run. Two birds, one stone. This will help you get to know your photographer, too.
Also, it’s wise to check whether the newborn photographer is up-to-date with all the necessary vaccinations, such as whooping cough.
(3) A Photographer’s Style
Every newborn photographer has their own unique style. Some prefer a more classic look. Others major on props and frills. To each their own. The good news is that there is a photographer to suit everyone’s tastes.
That said, it’s important to make sure you know what you’re getting. It’s important to clarify your expectations. View the photographer’s website gallery and check out the recent sessions on their blog. If you love what they do, you’re on to something. Still, it doesn’t hurt to ask a photographer to confirm that the poses you want are possible.
Bottom line? Don’t be afraid to ask the questions you need answered.