Confession time… I have not had the opportunity to photograph a newborn. It has not come up in the last few years as we are creating this photography business. We photograph lots of kids but no babies and definitely not a brand new one.
When our friend Sharmin told me she was expecting, we began to plan either a maternity (also new to me) or newborn shoot. I even joked that I could be coaxed to come in and do the birthing experience. We decided it was newborn shoot!
I was a bit worried and nervous. I do not have any children so my experience is limited not just in baby photography but in babies too. I have seen many photos of babies posed in flowerpots with hats on their heads. The skills that those photos take are immense – patience, props, and lots of posing. I was not sure I was up to the task for that kind of work. Thankfully, that was not what Sharmin was looking for. She was more in to the style I feel comfortable working in – portraits of the baby and some family shots.
I researched other photographers and their style. I reviewed past sessions we had done with children and sketched out the session so that we had a clear plan on how it was going to flow. I spent a good amount of time on Pinterest and Google and sending Sharmin and Shams photos to understand her esthetic. Sharmin made sure the baby was fed just before our arrival. Babies tend to sleep after feeding so there is less fussiness. In addition, we choose to shoot in their home, putting mom at ease as she recovers. We live in Arizona so outdoor was not an option in June.
I am glad that my first session was so easy and relaxed. Being in their home made it easy to feed the baby or take breaks when we needed to. It truly was a great experience and now I am ready to take on more little ones. I loved that I was so trusted with someone’s precious gift. I was honored. I also got hold the baby for a while as we chatted after the shoot. It was truly wonderful.
It was not that long that I was a bride and planning our wedding. It can be a daunting task. So much to remember, plan, pay for, and keep track off all things that are important to you both.
Photography often leaves couples and possibly their parents wondering how to make that final decision on who is going to capture the day. Photos are the one thing about weddings that is not tangible. You get to taste the food, see the venue, see the flowers, try on the dress, and eat all those yummy cake samples. The photography is always up in the air until you actually see the photos.
For us, as photographers ourselves, photography was a HUGE part of our wedding. We had the best photographer we know shoot our wedding. In fact, we asked her to shoot our wedding before my husband asked her husband to be his best man. It was big deal for us, and it may be for you too.
Here are some of our tips for hiring a photographer for your wedding.