I have heard it time and time again… ‘my friend has a nice camera, I think I’m just going to let him/her do it.’ Whether it be maternity photography, newborn photography, your family photography… it seems like such a great idea at the time.
Hire a professional! Why, you ask? Well, for a few reasons… Let me explain.
Professional photographers spend countless hours researching and mastering their craft. They spent days in workshops and trainings learning about newborn safety, family posing, what the best angles are for this, or that. How to make you look your very best! What lighting and time of day, and every other aspect that goes into your images. Professional photographers keep learning, and keep bettering themselves over time, to give you the best images possible.
In regards to newborn photography specifically, hiring a newborn photographer is so, so very important. It’s not only about beautiful images… or a nice camera. It’s so much more than cute props and a sweet little baby. Newborn photography is all about the babies safety. Safety is absolutely number one… if we can’t get an image safely, we don’t. It’s as simple as that. Many images that you see online, including in LMP’s galleries, are multiple images put together, also known as composite images. The image below, is a composite image. Babies can not safely pose this way, and it should NEVER be attempted.
During your entire newborn session, either myself, or you will be spotting baby, or with hands on baby.
Newborn photography is hard, and newborn photographers work hard to create memories that will last a lifetime. Many, including LMP, also offer payment plans to make these investments easier.
Photography is an investment… it’s something that you will be grateful that you invested in years and years down the road. When you look back on your quality prints, or albums, or whatever you choose for your home - things that will last until long beyond even your grandchildren… your family will be able to appreciate and cherish these memories for generations to come.
Your babies are only babies once, you only carry them in your belly once, and their first year goes by so, SO fast! Don’t miss out on documenting your families memories.
All this being said, please… hire a professional to document your memories.
Below, you will find a newborn image that was done as a composite, with the final edit at the bottom - baby was safe 100% of the time! Again, please do not attempt this pose without supporting baby at all times!