So, you made it through your pregnancy or adoption process. Your sleep deprived, you can barely get out of a robe, much less get dressed and haven’t touch your make-up in a week. Your lucky if you wash your hair. Your life has changed. For some of us this is easy, for some of us, this is HARD.
Being a parent to a newborn, especially for the first time, is earth shattering. Its beautiful and messy and scary and happy, all at the same time. In a matter of 2 or 3 months, you will be in a groove, you have figured out how to survive the sleepless nights and you can hang with the best of them.
Last week, I discussed the importance of maternity portraits (if you missed this AWESOME post, check it out!); But, today, I’m emphasizing why you need to prioritize newborn portraits.
Concern: These tiny little things GROW so fast. You have friends who have done the stylized shoots, spend thousands of dollars and have ‘perfect’ pictures of their babies hanging in baskets. You hear the story of how the shoot took 6 hours, and lots of planning. You love their images, but you can’t imagine how you could prioritize something like that, much less deal with the planning of an all day production in a studio while spending $1-2 thousand dollars on that session.
Then you have friends who will grab a shot for you, after all they take ‘great’ pictures of their own kids. But, its not too much of a priority because the pictures will be ‘ok’. When you finally have a moment, you don’t want to insist they come over and do it immediately, it is a friend after all… Time passes and you end up skipping it all together.
Reality: There is never a ‘perfect’ time to get portraits. You may be tired, your baby may be unpredictable, but the PERFECT time is NOW. You don’t have to schedule an overly stylized shoot. You can get some amazing images of your baby in your home with a professional who can make the session easy. I understand having a newborn. If you have to hold the baby, you hold the baby.
We work the shoot around you and your baby. There are a million ways to document them and having a ‘perfect’ environment is not necessary to have ‘perfect’ pictures. If you don’t want to do your hair, put on make-up, or get dressed, fine. It won’t offend me.
These pictures are priceless. Seeing how much your child grows so quickly is amazing. If you missed the newborn stage, its FINE. You will want the 6 month portraits just as much. Pictures of your children NEVER get old.
If your house is a mess, your a mess, its fine, I’m a mom, I get it.
Solution: Do an ‘in home’ portrait session. The baby can be held, sat down on blankets, swaddled, naked or dressed. We can get amazing pictures and don’t need to have a huge production. You don’t need to worry. This isn’t a rushed crazy event. Your house doesn’t have to be immaculate. We just need to clean out a small spot. As a photographer, its my job to make it LOOK perfect and allow you to have a shoot that in as stress free as possible.
You don’t need 500 pictures, only a few amazing ones that you can cherish forever.
I allow buffer time in all the shoots to allow for a fussy baby. We plan the session time for something that works for you and the infant.
They grow so quickly, be sure to document it. These sessions are typically about 90-120 minutes and start at $475 and include ALL your images. If you plan for this, you can also have it added to your registry for a gift.
So, mom was in a robe, no make up, had finished feeding her daughter. She was fussy and tired, so we focused on holding the baby to comfort her and allowed the images to unfold. This is one of my favorites of mom holding her tiny head.
So this little pricess decided she was not going to cooperate being naked. We had mom and dad pick her up and hold her. We had mom join in and got this one of a kind shot. It just happened. I’m here to allow it to unfold and document it. This is the benefit of lifestyle photography. Its your life, perfect and beautiful in the imperfections. I just roll with it and create art.
Capturing the beauty of life’s most special moments is invaluable. You will never regret investing in documenting the most essential parts of your life. But you will regret being too busy to do it.
Disclaimer: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not hire a ‘new’ portrait photographer to take pictures of your babies. Babies must be handled carefully. The pictures of babies in baskets, hanging from cloth and suspended in the air ARE A PHOTOSHOP ILLUSION. NEVER put your baby with live animals. Too many people advertise to be ‘pro photographers’ and believe the images they see produced are created the way they are shown. This is not the case. There is a reason these shoots take 6 or more hours and cost $1,000 or more. The images are layered together post production. Someone is always with the baby and the props are used in conjunction with baby safe items to ensure a safe shoot.
If you LOVE the studio look/Anne Geddies Style. Hire a Insured, Professional, Trained Photographer who has taken Newborn Posting Safety Classes. Your 19 year old niece who just bought her first camera is NOT the person to trust with taking complex pictures with your child.
If you are in the Baltimore Metro area, and looking for more stylized session, I have some great referrals.