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Looking for a professional baby photographer or how to choose a right newborn photographer?

Updated: May 18, 2023

Newborn portraits are the most important photos you will ever have, so choosing someone to capture this time is very critical. The artist is not only will be creating lifetime memories, but they also will be taking care of your new baby during the photo session. What to consider when looking for a professional baby photographer or how to choose a right newborn photographer?

1. Safety

The safety of your newborn is the most important factor when considering a newborn photographer. Just because someone has a newborn photography listed on their website , does not make them the most qualified person to handle your new baby. Make sure photographer of your choice is certified and trained in posing a new baby safely. Also ask if your photographer has liability insurance.

newborn baby boy posed in bucket Indianapolis Photo Studio

2. Style

Posed Photo Session: most likely, session would take a place at the photographer's photo studio where established photographer have a lot of props available: outfits, bonnets, hair ties, wraps and etc. Your sleeping baby is gently posed into cute curled up poses, snugly wrapped, and placed in adorable props. This type of session takes a high level of experience from the photographer and might last up to 3 hours.

fine art newborn portrait photoshoot Indianapolis

Lifestyle sessions: would take place in comfort of your home or at a studio that has a lifestyle area. The focus of this type session is on connections and emotions that family members share with their new baby.

Fresh 48 newborn photo session: this session takes a place at the hospital within the first 48 hours of baby's life and focuses on connections, emotions and love that family members share with their new arrival.

Fresh48 Newborn Hospital PhotoSession

3. Portfolio

Every photographer develops own unique style over time. Do you prefer simple captures with baby as the main point of the shot, or do you like color, flowers headbands and details? The most important thing is to find a photographer whose work YOU love. Check through their portfolio and you will see what to expect.

Do not choose a photographer with a certain style and expect them to do

something completely different then what their work shows.

newborn posed baby girl, Indianapolis photo studio

4. Reviews

Please, do a small "investigation" by searching, reading the reviews or asking your friends for referrals. Word of mouth is very powerful. Any well established newborn photographer who is dedicated to its job will have a testimonial or review section on Google, Yelp, Facebook and etc.

If option of leaving a review is turned off, you might reconsider your choice, since it shows a level of experience and a professionalism of the photographer.

What customers are saying about Tatiana Kahl Photography?

5. Budget

The cost for newborn portraits is vary based on location, session, the photographer’s experience and level of training, along with the equipment. A photographer who runs a legal business and covered by insurance, and has other business expenses, always will be more expensive.

When booking your session, always remember, you get what you pay for.


Unknown member
Nov 06, 2019

Very good article, a lot of useful information!


Unknown member
Nov 06, 2019

Very interesting article. Good to know. Thanks


Unknown member
Nov 05, 2019

love this article, very interesting

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