Good photographers make newborn photo shoots look so easy. How difficult can be to take a photograph of a sleeping baby? It is more difficult than some parents might think! Informed parents are the best clients. When parents understand your work and process, they can help make your newborn sessions successful.
Timing is everything
Scheduling It is so important that parents understand the process and timeline for scheduling their newborn photo sessions. Every photographer has his/her own scheduling preferences but appointments should usually be made at least a month in advance. In most cases, parents will make a tentative appointment for their “due date”. Once the baby arrives, parents can set an appointment for the newborn session. Age Newborns should be between 5-10 days old for their first photo shoots. When they are under two weeks old, babies are sleepy and flexible – perfect for newborn sessions! After two weeks, babies are a little more alert and active which makes photographing them more difficult. Length Explain how long the sessions will last. Newborn session usually last around 3 hours and will need multiple breaks.
What to expect
Process Explain your process and pricing clearly to parents on your website as well as over the phone or in-person. You might want to create a page on your website specifically for parents of newborns. Props Share your policy on props and newborn outfits. For newborns, parents might want to bring a cozy blanket or cute prop, but typically the photographer will know best. It will help to show them your work, so they can see what makes a newborn photos look good. Touch-ups Explain any editing that will/can be done to the photos. Parents often worry about baby acne or skin problems. The more you educate the parents, the more they’ll value your work. Price Many people think that anyone can be a photographer, but we know that’s not true. By giving parents a clear understanding of your experience and process (and, of course, showing them your gorgeous images), will help them understand your pricing. Set a reasonable price based on you time and experience. Do not charge less than you’re worth!
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