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5 Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Newborn Photographer
Your precious newborn is just the cutest! You can’t wait to commemorate their beginning with a baby photoshoot.
There’s no way you can settle for the first baby photographer you find or the nearest one. For your child’s protection and the highest quality photos, you have to sit down and talk with each possible photographer. Don’t be afraid to ask a million questions.
Here are the 5 most important questions to ask a newborn photographer.
1. Do You Have a Portfolio?
The first thing you should do is look at their portfolio. A portfolio will show how professional they are. Pay attention to how they present their work and the quality of their work.
Look at the color balance, exposure, focus, headspace, etc. Don’t hesitate to do some online research about photography.
The babies should look happy and comfortable if they do well with newborns. A lot of pictures of different clients means they have experienced and are probably great with clients.
Check their website; it should have a portfolio. Their site should be updated, have contact information, and have a personality. Client quotes and ratings are a plus.
Look for another photographer if you’re not impressed with their photos.
2. Where Makes Up the Final Cost?
Make sure you understand where the final cost is coming from. The session fee includes a set number of edited photos. You can, however, pay for additional photos you like.
The photographer may automatically charge you for photos you choose that have the parents or siblings with the newborn. You could have to pay extra for travel time if you don’t go to their studio.
Deposits are paid sometime before the session and could be 30% or 50% of the full session price. Depending on how much the session is, installments may be an option.
If they don’t tell you about their cancellation and rescheduling policies, ask them. Many photographers will have you forfeit your deposit or pay for the full session if you cancel or reschedule less than 48 hours or 24 hours before the date. Some even ask that you reschedule or cancel the session weeks prior.
3. What Will the Session Be Like?
Does the photographer have an assistant or two that help out during the shoot? Can you help with props and poses? Ask how many people are allowed to attend the session – parents, siblings, or others.
The photographer may let parents and siblings be in the newborn session. If you’re looking for a photoshoot with a lot of prop options, be sure to ask the photographer what kinds of props they have. They should have the same props in different sizes as babies come in a range of sizes.
4. Do You Have Insurance – and Do Composites When Needed?
You’ll know if the photographer is an actual professional if they have insurance and a business license. They should also have you sign a terms-and-conditions document that clearly states the most important terms and conditions. You have to be sure your newborn will be safe with the photographer.
Ask if they do composites for difficult poses. Don’t hire the photographer if they don’t know what composites are.
Composites are made using Photoshop. Multiple photos are edited and merged together to make the final photo, which is your newborn in a pose that is dangerous to do in real life. In actuality, someone (you or an assistant) is holding the baby in place the whole time!
Props such as chairs and hammocks, high places, and anything it looks like the baby is hanging from are times you’d want the photographer to do a composite. You can’t just place your newborn in a hammock above the ground.
If the photographer says they don’t do composites, it’s a red flag, but that could mean that they don’t do any poses that require a composite. Ask them about this.
5. How Much Experience and Training Do You Have?
With many people building photography websites, it’s hard to tell who are the real professionals. Anyone can buy a camera and look up how to pose newborns. However, professionals research and train so they can properly pose and handle newborns.
Ask them to talk about their experience in newborn photography. The more experience the better. Not all newborns behave the same. A professional will know this and an experienced professional will be able to handle however your baby behaves.
Ask a Newborn Photographer These Questions
Questioning someone like this may feel like an interrogation, but it’s vital that you choose the right photographer. You’re paying for amazing photos of your newborn child, so they should turn out amazing!
You also have to be positive that the newborn photographer understands how to properly deal with newborns and that your baby will be safe with them.
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When searching for a photographer, look for one that shoots the type of photos you want. If you want photos of your newborn, use a photographer specializing in newborns.
Ask for Referrals
Ask your friends if they’ve used a professional photographer in the last few months to a year. A good photographer works well with clients and gets the right photos. She’ll deliver the photos on time in a way that works for the client.
If your friends had a great experience, they’ll love to share. Likewise, if the experience was bad, you’ll avoid making the same mistake they did.
Look at the Portfolio
Take a look at the photographer’s website. Make sure the site is up to date. If it’s not, chances are the photographer isn’t a professional.
Make sure there are lots of examples in the portfolio. Is the color balance good? How about the exposure? If all the photos are from one event, it’s likely the photographer lacks experience.
Inexperienced doesn’t mean bad, but an experienced photographer can handle unexpected situations better.
Does the photographer’s style resonate with you? If not, move on to another photographer. Every photographer has his own style. Not everyone’s style meshes with yours.
Make sure you like the samples in the portfolio. Look for consistency. Do the photos seem too bright or too dark? Does it look like a style issue or a technical one? Keep looking for another photographer if the photos don’t “wow” you.
What’s in the Package
With the advent of digital photography, there are many ways a photographer delivers photos. Are they printing the photos for you? Are they sending digital files? What is included in their packages?
A professional photographer doesn’t have hidden fees and charges. Ask for all the costs up front so you’re not surprised later.
Deposit and Cancellation Policy
A photographer puts in many hours getting your photos. There’s the photo session, post-production editing, viewing, and more. Most photographers have a cancellation policy and most ask for a deposit.
Be aware of the cancellation policies before you pay a deposit.
Hiring a Professional Photographer
Hiring a professional photographer seems daunting. But take your time and do some research. Define your project and look for a photographer who understands your needs.
Is it a baby? Family photos? Use a baby or portrait photographer. Ask your friends for referrals. That’s often a great way to narrow the field.
Look at the photographer’s portfolio. Make sure you like the photographer’s style. Ask what’s in the package and the method of delivery. Make sure you’re comfortable with the deposit and cancellation policy.
7 Reasons to Plan a Fall Photo Shoot for Your Family
Fall images are almost always captivating. There are so many colors and unique landscapes during the fall season that there’s always something to see. So, why not schedule a fall photo shoot?
With all of the vibrant colors and crisp weather, it’s the perfect time to gather up your family and head out to your favorite picnic spot for family photos.
If you’re wondering why autumn is such a great season for photos, look no further. Here are a few good reasons to plan a fall photo shoot for your family. Keep reading to learn more.
7 Reasons to Plan a Fall Photo Shoot For Your Family
Autumn family pictures are ultimately the best. There are plenty of places to stage a beautiful photo shoot. It’s also easier to fit it in your schedule than during the busy summer months or holiday season.
If that’s not enough for you, these reasons will be!
Playing in the Leaves
The best time to take fall pictures with the kids is in the action. That’s right, let them play in the leaves and catch some images of their joyful, happy faces. Then, take your family photo with the leaves as a natural, colorful fall photography backdrop.
A suntan leftover from summer gives you the advantage of appearing sun-kissed in your photos without battling the sweltering heat of summer. A darker skin tone will be lovely against a fall scene.
Fall is the perfect time to show off your favorite accessories with your perfect fall style. Now is the time for scarves and hats and whatever else you like to wear during this time of year.
Coordinating your attire for family photos is easier with fall colors. Fall colors are neutral and natural and show off your skin tone. Put your family in browns and greens with splashes of red or mustard to fit in with the landscape.
The neutral tones of a fall family photo will fit with any decor in your home as well as the homes of those you share your photos with. They won’t stand out nor will they get drowned out by other images.
Summer can be very hot for taking photos and it’s no fun bundling the kids up in the winter to go anywhere, let alone family photos. Fall offers temperate weather with cool enough days that you can bundle up or warm enough days that you can dress down. The point is, you can be comfortable!
Beautiful fall colors make stunning photos. Add your family to that backdrop and, voila! Instant perfection.
Planning a fall photo shoot could be one of the most fun activities for your family all year long. And, if you plan your session around Halloween, you can incorporate your costumes into the mix to make it even more fun for the kids.
Your friends and family will love the fall themed family photos because your excitement will show up in the pictures.
Newborn Photography – serving Ottawa and surrounding areas
It’s been so nice taking some time to enjoy this beautiful Summer weather with my boys! The sun is shining, the heat is real and thank goodness for swimming pools and ice cream. 🙂
I met this family a few years back and it was so nice seeing them again as they welcomed their new baby girl! Their kids were seriously the sweetest and most well behaved kids ever. And this baby girl… I could have kept her all day here with me. 😀
Most newborn sessions last somewhere between 2-3 hours. What you see here are just a few photos to give you a tiny sample of the goodness that we captured. Newborn photography sessions are usually a mix of photos of baby on his/her own (on the beanbag as well as props such as baskets), family photos, photos of each parent with baby as well as sibling photos. We take time to feed and sooth baby whenever needed. Sessions are never rushed, so you can be assured that you will leave with some beautiful memories that will last you a lifetime (because all of our packages include high resolution digital photos!).
There are lots of tips on how to prepare for a newborn photo session beforehand. I always send clients some guidelines prior to their baby session with suggestions on how to prepare, what to bring, when to feed their newborn baby, what to avoid, etc. That way we can work towards having the newborn photo session go as smooth as possible.
Please feel free to browse through our galleries and take a peek at the different packages that we offer. Thanks for stopping by!
Family Photography Ottawa – Outdoor Summer Session
I often blog mostly about newborn sessions because, let’s face it, everyone wants to see photos of cute little babies! 🙂 But a lot of my work is spent outdoors photographing amazing families during the warmer months. Outdoor family photography sessions usually begin around March or April and sometimes go as late as December! But I’m all about going outdoors in Winter too for those more adventurous families. I have known this particular family for about 5 years now and I absolutely love watching their kids grow. The first time I met them, their daughter was just a little baby! It was so fun seeing the kids personalities fully formed now. They are such great and fun-loving kids!
There are so many beautiful places around the city of Ottawa to do family photos. You can turn most parks, trails, etc in a beautiful backdrop for your family photography session. Personally, I love photographing families towards the end of the day. The sun is softer and the lighting is dreamy. However, a lot of families with younger kids prefer taking photos earlier in the day. And that is totally ok! Many places offer beautiful open shaded areas that will work wonders for any photography session.
When clients book a session with me, we talk about location, best time to book (based on the light as well as their kids ages) and even suggestions on what to wear. And no, you don’t have to go buying a whole new wardrobe for your photo session. 😉 There are many simple outfits that will look beautiful for a family photo session. If I can give you one piece of advice is to avoid green! You don’t want to blend with the grass and the trees…
Please click here to see more samples of family photos in the Ottawa area. And feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the beautiful Summer weather!
I loved photographing this beautiful couple last week! These are actually dear friends of mine; Ju & Caio. 🙂 I first met them when their little guy was just a baby and I’m so happy that I got to photograph their maternity photo session as they anxiously await the birth of their newborn baby girl! I cannot wait to meet her!
Most clients get their maternity photos done between 32-36 weeks of life. However, that varies a bit if this is your second or third pregnancy. In those cases, many mommas are ready to take their pregnancy photos as early as 28 weeks (I was one of them!). As long as the belly is nice and round (meaning you can totally tell you are pregnant), you’re good to go! As a matter of fact, I don’t recommend that clients wait until the last minute to get their maternity photos done in case baby decides to be born a bit sooner than planned.
As for what to wear, there are a ton of options. In this case, this beautiful mom chose to wear a couple of cute tops with jeans. For the jeans look, ideally you want to go with a nicely fitted top or tank top to really show the curves. You can easily change the look by adding a cardigan, a scarf, etc. That way you can have a few different looks for your pregnancy photos without having to change the whole wardrobe!
Another option is to wear a flowy dress. I absolutely love that look for Summer time. This works especially well for petite moms. And yet another option is to go with a fitted dress! This look helps accentuate all of the right curves.
When booking a maternity photo session with me, wardrobe is something we definitely discuss. And I always tell my clients that one of the most important things is that they feel comfortable and love what they wear.
Please feel free to click here to see more maternity photos. And feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 613-266-8934 if you have any questions. Enjoy your day! 🙂