(Closed) Newborn Photo Session – NEED YOUR OPINION! (long)

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Which one:
    Go for the talented, young photographer - you can't beat $100/session! : (37 votes)
    60 %
    Splurge - you only have a first newborn once! ($400) : (17 votes)
    27 %
    Don't do either, wait for your SIL for a free session over a month after (free!) : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Other? : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @miss-spunkin:  I think you should talk to her first and see if she has newborn experience.  Newborns are sooooo different when posing etc. that I would really want someone with specific experience.

    But, 1 month is still pretty newborn ish in looks!  I voted ‘other’ because you could always hire the teenager so you have announcement shots, and if they don’t wow you, get the free sesh from your sis in law!

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Hmmm…I’m a other.

    I agree that newborn photos are probably so different that the teenager probably won’t be the best option. But then on the other hand I am shocked the pro is like $400!

    Most “portrait” session I have found start in the $250 range?

    Do you have access to a nice camera? For our birth announcement I am planning on using our DSLR and then when she’s a little older maybe splurge on a session. Maybe.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I would honestly go with the new photographer as you seem to be pretty impressed with her talent already.   I’m sure doing a newborn photo shoot is very different to anything else but if she has enough notice, she sounds like she might actually do some research and practice as much as she can to make sure the photos turn out well.   I also think you would be giving her valuable experience – not that that’s your intent, but it would be a valuable bi-product.

    If they don’t turn out well, you can always do a photo shoot with your SIL when she comes to visit.  From all the babies I’ve been around lately, they honestly don’t look THAT different after a month, and being new parents and all, I guess you’re going to be taking a plethora of photos all the time anyway!  🙂  

    Post # 6
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    588 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Honestly, your newborn will probably sleep through the whole session. I have worked in a photographer’s shop before and every single newborn she shot slept the entire time. As long as you make sure the teenager does her research and can provide good backdrops and props she should be all you need. Why not give her a break and let her have something to add to her resume? I’m sure when your child is a teenager you would be thrilled if someone gave them an opportunity to hone their skills. Good luck in whatever you choose!

    Post # 9
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    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would hire the up-and-coming girl for $100 to take newborn photos to use for your birth announcements.  You seem really impressed with her and its a great deal.  Plus, I’m sure she’ll really appreciate being able to get the added experience.

    Then you’ll still be able to get awesome pictures from your SIL in a month or two without having to wait to send out the photo birth announcements.

    Post # 10
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    5886 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I used to think that newborn photos are easy, until I saw a friend of mine’s. I just didn’t like them. (How do you mess up a curled up sleeping newborn?) So I would pay more for the experience.

    But if you can’t do that, then I would see if the inexperienced photographer takes some test shots of dolls or other inanimate objects. I would also stalk other photographers sites and see what shots and angles and lighting you like. I would also ask SIL if she would feel comfortable giving some tips to the new photographer. 

    Then I would have SIL do another session at 1-2months. 

    Post # 11
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    7493 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I voted to go with the young photographer, and then do another shoot when your SIL comes to visit at 1-2 months.

    Post # 12
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    679 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I would hire the amateur to take the annoncements shots and then have your SIL do the 3 month photos.  Newborn pictures are all about the posing and positions and you can help with that.   Google newborn pictures and see what others have done.  Between the two of you, you should be able to come up with some great setups for pictures.  It usually just takes some soft blankets, cute outfits and headbands.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Personally, I would go with the professional. My second choice would be the amateur. I wouldn’t wait for your SIL though as this is your first baby, and you clearly want a proper ‘new born’ shoot, and with your SIL, you could be waiting a couple of months, so it might not feel the same. Plus, I’m sure your SIL will still do one for you in a couple of months anyway.

    My concern with the teen would be lack of experience. For me, it would be important to get a photographer who specialised in what I was looking for, so, if it was a new-born shoot, I’d want someone who had plenty of experiences shooting new borns and had all the props/knew the best angles, and so on. But obviously $400 is a lot of money.

    Could another option be to speak with this girl, and maybe ask her to do a couple of test shots for free? And then decide based on that? Or, go with her, and if she’s good, great, and if not, pay the $400 for the other photographer? Obv that’s a gamble, but worst case scenario is you’re out of pocket by $100, and best-case scenario, you’ll have saved yourself $300.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    i would go with the more experienced, more expensive photographer.

    for me, photos are the one thing i am okay with splurging on. we splurged on photos four our wedding, and I am so glad we did. if we went with a budget photog, we maybe would have regretted it, and you can’t re-do your wedding. I think the same goes for your newborn photoshoot. if you don’t like the way the photos turn out, you’re out $100 bucks and might have to wait a couple more months to get photos you really like, and you would have missed your baby’s BRAND NEW moments, if that makes any sense.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Newborn photography is actually VERY hard. I would splurge on the professional – or figure out how to get your SIL to visit sooner. 

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Let us know how it pans out! Congrats!

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