Newborn Photographer in Hertfordshire
There is a lot of competition when choosing a newborn photographer in Hertfordshire, right?!
It can be overwhelming to know how to choose the right one – do you go for price, style, location? Everyones deciding factor will be different, so here are a few pointers on how to choose who to capture those first memories of your baby.
First and foremost, your absolute top priority has to be safety. Newborn photography is not easy and requires a high degree of skill to safely pose your baby. Always ask your photographer if they have been safety trained and understand how to pose your baby safely to industry standards.
Whilst there is no formal qualification for newborn photography, most will keep on top of their professional development by attending training courses regularly. I have been safety trained by three separate newborn photographers and stay up to date with new developments through membership bodies.
One of the biggest sources of clients for photographers is through recommendations. People recommend photographers that they have used and liked and it is a good way of filtering through the options. Ask a friend! Google is also a good source of information as people can leave honest reviews on a service through Google Business listings.
An important factor to consider is what sort of style you are looking for. There are two key styles within the newborn photography genre – posed and lifestyle. In a posed session, your baby will usually be asleep and posed into various positions with the use of bowls, blankets etc. In a lifestyle session, you will receive more “fly on the wall” photographs. Which style do you envisage displaying in your home?
Digitals or wall art?
Are you looking to buy wall art or did you just want some digital images to send to your family? Some photographers focus more on artwork pieces whilst some are happy to provide digitals only. At Alice James Photography, we offer a number of packages that include both the digital files AND a professionally printed hard copy. This is because I really want you to display the photographs I take in your home! I want to see those photographs in a frame on your sideboard, on a canvas on your wall – anywhere really!
Home or studio?
Do you want a photographer to come to your home, or do you want to go to them? A mobile photographer will bring everything to you and won’t worry about how small/messy/dark your room is. A studio photographer may have their own premises or hire a location specifically for your session.
With all the will in the world, you may have chosen your perfect photographer but they just don’t have the availability! We recommend booking your newborn photographer after your 20 week scan to ensure your first choice. Spaces are often limited due to the amount of time it takes to photograph and edit a newborn session so we do get booked up quickly.
Do you love their work?
These are the most important photographs you will have of your baby – have a look at the photographer’s portfolio and ask yourself if you can imagine having photographs like that of your baby. Hopefully they will be on display for a long time, and even passed down as an heirloom in years to come.
Choosing a newborn photographer is exciting and I hope that these tips will help you find the one that is perfect for you.