(Closed) Newborn photography – Yes or No?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We got them and they are awesome! Our wedding photographer does shoots for $300. He is amazing and could charge way more, he’s just awesome. He came up to our house and spent something like 3 or 4 hours doing them (and then asked if there were any others we’d like.) I’m really glad we have them. They are only newborn for a few days and I’m so glad we have those days captured. Here are some!

I feel like driving so far probably isn’t a great idea. You won’t be feeling up to a long car ride yourself, much less doing so with a tiny one. Can you pay her to come to you? If the price difference is that awesome, use some of the difference to get her there?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ellebeerob:  Thanks! He’s so stinkin’ cute! (Not that I’m biased or anything).

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I’d probably end up doing it myself.  I’m an amateur photographer with a decent rig, and have already provided photos of the babies and pets of family and friends. 

$600-$850 for 20 images seems very steep to me, even if they are specific poses.  That kind of pricing would make me wonder if the person is not experienced at working with children, or is bad with them, and so marks infant sessions up because they find them harder to do.  Newborns are actually pretty easy to photograph.  Feed them, make them warm, and play some soft music or have one of the parents sing or speak softly to them – they fall right asleep.  Then you can pose them however you want and take your pictures.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We definitely are! It is only 100-200 dollars around here though so it is more like, why not!?

I would drive to meet your favorite photog.  I’m sure you will get a little tired of being in the house anyway – think of it as a road trip and you can stop somewhere and grab lunch. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@ellebeerob:  I would get them. I am assuming you don’t mean delivery room pics lol… those I would not do. Only drive if you know it’ll be safe.. like taking a newborn on a long car ride could potentially be risky, no? Especially where I live, winter driving is something you want to avoid as much as possible.

I know it’s not the same, but I had my friend who has an excellent camera take some photos when my cat was just a kitten. I like looking back at those pics… at the time I never imaged how much he’d grow/change and it’s nice to have those images. I am sure it’s similar w. a baby 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Polyphemus:  Yes, the photos were super easy and our photog was very experienced. He said they are some of his easiest. Make sure to plan them within the first 10 days.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ellebeerob:  I would get them, but I would not drive.  Newborn photos are best done the first few days after birth, and (1) I wouldn’t want the baby out so early, and (2) even with an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, I was too sore for a long car ride for at least the first week.  DH reminded me that I hated the 10 minute drive to the pediatrician, soreness wise.

Use the awesome discount, and ask her to come to you.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Man, our photographer does newborn sessions for $225 + a DVD of images with print rights. Her “growing up” package is $500 for a 1, 4, 8, and 12 month sessions with DVD and print rights.

I would see if your wedding photographer would come to you. Ours will go anywhere with no fees, unless it’s 4+ hours away (then you have to buy her a room, haha).

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I really want to have some newborn pictures taken, but I don’t think I would spend as much as you were quoted. Maybe you could shop around and find someone newer to the industry who might cut you a deal. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Honestly, I don’t like most newborn photos I see haha. Like the naked curled up or head on their hands ones, they just don’t really appeal to me and I feel like the babies look wrinkly and funny XD. I think I’ll skip getting fancy photos until my baby is a little older. Usually the hospitals have a photographer come around for some basic newborn photos and I think that will suffice especially because the photographers in my area like to charge wayyy too much (like 600+). If there was someone who would do it for 100 or so I’d consider it.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would love NB pics but I will only be working part-time come May so Darling Husband will prob nix that idea.  But this summer while I have a little free time I plan to go take a photography class to really learn how to use my super-expensive & complicated camera properly.  I will prob set up a shoot when we get home.  Hopefully with a little editing they will turn out just as great!

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