(Closed) Newborn photos – Is this too ambitious?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Does the photographer travel?  If given the option, I would think having her come to you would be easier on everyone.

Otherwise, there’s just so many variables on how the birth and recovery go…  It’s hard to say if you are going to feel up to the drive, physically or mentally, with a newborn.  Personally, I had a very easy recovery, and we made several trips that length with Dirty Delete, starting at about 2 weeks.  We’d just change and feed her before we left, and then she’d sleep until we got there. 

ETA:  Not everyone has that easy of a time, though, and if you have a c-section or other damage, or if you’re baby has health problems or is colicky, you might not be up to it.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

Most of the time, photographers want to do newborn photos in your home. So the issue is more if she is willing to come to you.

(I don’t know if this is true of all of them, but all the ones in my area do it in-home.)

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@LAGS:  I would put the baby on a fluffy white down comforter and snap a few pics. Maybe get a few cute hats to add for fun and I’m sure it will be ok.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Most good newborn photographers travel to your home and do the shoot there, and with good reason. Babies need to be photographed within the first week ideally (2-5 days old is perfect, as long as your milk is in), and who wants to be packing up and treaking to a studio that soon after giving birth? A 1.5 hour drive seems a bit too far, esp. considering that the session will probably take about 3 hours (maybe more or less, depending on your baby and the photographer), so that is at least 6 hours . . . seems like that would be way too tiring with a brand new baby!

What about the photographer coming to you? Most photographers will do this if you cover travel expenses.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@Soladylike:  Lol, you’re joking right?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@Jade33:  No, I’m not joking. I would not ask someone to drive 3 hours to take a few pictures of my baby. I would not want anyone around my newborn, that’s something I would try to DIY after finding some cute inspiration/ideas online. I would pick the best three or four pictures, have them professionally framed and send out birth announcements. I personally would not pay $300 -$400 for a shoot and another $100 for travel expenses. Trust me I splurge on a lot of things but this is something I think I could do and I would really enjoy it. I am not knocking OP at all, I just offered my 2 cents. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh you made me laugh, I thought you were making fun of newborn photos! Yes if you have professional equipment and think you would enjoy doing it yourself, go for it. But I’m guessing the OP wouldn’t be happy with a DIY job since she is discerning enough not to like the professionals in her area…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Soladylike:  You wouldn’t want anyone around your newborn?! I’m a pediatric RN and I think that’s nuts! Kids of all ages need to be exposed to things for their development and for the building up of their immune system. I’m not saying shove your 5-day-old in a toddlers daycare, or expose him/her to chicken pox but my goodness children are more resilient than you think and a drive to a photographer isn’t going to do any harm.

Kids are kids – learn to pack them up and go! I would do it…but do agree that most photographers will come to your own home so I would try to find someone to do that – you can do it, you can do whatever you want to do!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@LAGS:  What region are you looking in? Some photographers don’t travel for newborns because of the heat . . . Most of them use heaters and heating pads and usually big bean bags, too, so if she has that all set up in her studio it might not be portable. Anyway it’s worth asking but even if she doesn’t travel, you can probably find someone else outside of your immediate town who would. 

Also if this is something you care about, I can’t urge you enough to keep looking and find somebody whose work you love who will come to you. The number of remorseful mothers I have heard lament their lack of professional newborn images (when they see the difference between pro work and snapshots)…it’s tragic.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Soladylike:  LOL.  I sort of thought the same thing.  Then again, I have an SLR and just need to buy the right lens.  I’m borrowing lenses and practicing with taking pics of my puppy now.  If they can do it in my house, surely I can too.. just need the right accessories.

@LAGS:  If you’ve got some time before you’re due to practice taking pics and stuff, I would seriously consider it.  A canon DLR body + 50mm f/1.8 = $500.   A session is easily that, but you’d have the camera for life to take awesome portraits of your baby anytime. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@LAGS:  Well, I am a photographer so if I was looking I would go to one of my professional forums and have a shout out for anyone in the region. I would be willing to do this for you, might at least get you a higher calibre to choose from (and I’m in the UK so not looking for business ha!). Pm me your location/budget if you are interested. (:

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