Hello and congratulations! I will take a wild guess that you are expecting a cute little baby and would like some photographs taken once he or she arrives? There are so many photographers on the market now, all of them offering different styles, experience and pricing, so how do you choose the one that is best for you? Well you have come to the right place and I will try and give you some tips on how to choose the best newborn photographer (in Edinburgh) for you!
First of all, before even doing any research, try and imagine looking back at your newborn pictures 10 years from now. Do you want to see what was trendy and reflects your own interests or do you just want to see your baby as they were at their youngest age? Is the photograph light and airy or dark and moody? Is the use of props and bright colours quite evident or is the picture clean and simple? Is it printed and framed or in the album, still hanging on your wall, or is it somewhere on your old hard drive, disk or only on social media? The way you want your photographs to be saved and displayed can be a deciding factor when choosing which newborn photographer in Edinburgh is best for you.
Now that you have a rough idea of how you want your photographs to look, start searching! Google is a good place to start, however consider checking out local directories such as Netmums. Check out as many websites as you can, and look for the pictures that make you say 'awwww' and 'how cuuuuute'. Make a shortlist of photographers who's work you admire and get in touch with them. Most newborn photographers book sessions way in advance, so it is good to see who's available. Don't book your session just yet, gather some information first to help you make a decision.
Once you have a shortlist of photographers, there are other things to consider before committing and making your final decision.
This might be a deciding factor for some people, however don't let it be the only reason why you choose one newborn photographer over another! Newborn photography prices can range anywhere from £100 to £1000. It all depends on the photographer's experience, products they offer, what's included in the package and CODB (Cost of Doing Business) - this includes photographer's equipment, newborn posing and safety training, studio rent, insurance, preparation for your session and many other things. Some photographers will offer an all inclusive digital package for a set price, others will charge a session fee and then invite you to choose the products you want to purchase in person or via online galleries. Some will offer high end premium and unique products that come at a higher cost and others will suggest more budget friendly traditional frames and canvasses.
If you are more inclined to go for just digital files and have all your pictures on the disk, USB or by digital download, consider the costs of printing them yourself. Good quality prints cost accordingly and then you have to buy frames, etc. Most photographers will not guarantee the quality of your prints if printed in the consumer labs such as Boots, Tesco, Snapfish, etc. High resolution digital images will most likely be more expensive than prints - simply because the photographer will give you the right to copy and reproduce the images for your personal use as many times as you wish. So if you are looking to give a print to every member of your immediate and extended families, it might be an idea just to have the files (make sure your newborn photographer will give you print release!). However if you are looking to share your pictures online, consider getting professional prints for your home directly from a photographer and ask if they provide web size images for online sharing (these will most likely come with photographer's watermark on them - it's not a bad thing, the watermark protects your pictures from being stolen and shared in places you don't want them shared at and also gives credit to your newborn photographer which is highly appreciated by every professional artist!).
Whatever your priorities are, make sure you are familiar and comfortable with your newborn photographer's pricing structure before booking your session.
Use of images.
What will happen with the newborn and family portraits taken at your session? Will the photographer share them online, display in the studio or use for advertising? You might want to keep your pictures private, or you might want to see them displayed everywhere and be able to say 'This is my baby!' whenever you see your chosen newborn photographer's ad. Make sure to discuss this with your photographer and have the details in writing and signed by both photographer and yourself. Most photographers will be flexible and respect your choices, however don't get upset if you give photographer the permission to use your pictures and they don't - there may be many reasons why and you shouldn't take it personally!
Contract with your newborn photographer.
This part is very, VERY important. You are allowing a stranger to handle your baby for nearly half a day. You are trusting them to capture this once in a lifetime stage and are paying them a lot of money. What happens if their camera breaks and the pictures are gone? What if your baby is born premature and needs to stay in the NICU for a while? What if the photographer gets ill? What if your baby gets ill - can you reschedule? What exactly is included in your session and what will you get for the money you paid? When will your photos be ready? Will they be edited and retouched or not? How many pictures will you receive? Can you cancel the session and get a refund if you change your mind? All these things should be clearly stated in the contract and signed by both yourself and your newborn photographer. Make sure to read the small print if there is any and don't be afraid to ask for changes in the contract if you feel uncomfortable with anything. A professional will be happy to discuss and explain all the details for you.
Will your newborn photographer come to your house to take the photographs or do they have a studio/work from home? It might just be the first time you will be leaving home with your baby for your newborn photography session. Or the first time inviting visitors if the photographer is mobile and will come to you. Successful newborn photography requires careful preparation and specific standards such as high temperature and a relaxed atmosphere of the room. It might sound convenient to get a photographer to come to you, and it might be at some cases, but just check with them first what kind of space and available light they will need or any other requirements they will have and make sure you can provide that.
If you choose a photographer with a studio, make sure you are aware of the distance you will have to travel and where their studio is. Consider parking if it is a high street studio or if your photographer works from their home. Your newborn photographer will create a comfortable and relaxed environment and all you will have to do is pack up and bring your baby travel bag (and your baby!). Everything else will be taken care of and you will most likely be offered a cup of tea and maybe even a biscuit (sometimes even a home made one if you come to my studio in Edinburgh! :) ). Relax on the comfortable seat, don't worry about any mess, possibly even have a nap and just enjoy the experience.
I hope all this information makes you feel more confident in what to think of when you are looking for a newborn photographer and will help you make this important decision of choosing the best newborn photographer in Edinburgh for you! Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like more information about your newborn photography session in Edinburgh with me. Follow my blog for more tips to come and Facebook for lots of beautiful baby pictures!
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