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6 Steps to Find the Perfect Newborn Photographer

You’re waiting to welcome your precious newborn into the world, or they have just arrived, and you want to capture those fleeting early moments with professional photos. But how do you find a photographer who not only takes breathtaking pictures, but also has the experience and training to handle your precious little bundle of joy? As an experienced newborn photography studio in ​​Merritt Island, FL, we believe it is important you find a photographer who is a good fit for your vision and needs. We’re sharing our advice with you below.

Step 1: Craft Your Photographer Wishlist

The first thing is to think about what you’re looking for in a newborn photographer. Take a moment to jot down your ideal photographer’s qualities. Do you want a studio session or a session in your home? Are you looking for someone with a specific style or who offers certain props? Having a clear vision will make your search more efficient and help you find the perfect match.

Step 2: Talk to People you Know

Now that you know what you’re looking for, gather recommendations. Your friends, family, coworkers, and even your social media acquaintances can be valuable resources in your search. You might be surprised to find out how many people in your circle have experience with newborn photographers and are more than happy to share their stories (and adorable baby photos).

Step 3: Search the Internet

Research can be a powerful tool! Browse through their portfolios, read their bios, and check out their testimonials. Remember, you’re looking for someone who not only takes beautiful photos, but also has the experience and training to handle your newborn with care while creating that magical shot. It’s also essential to read reviews from other parents who have used the photographer’s services. This will help you identify any potential red flags or confirm you’ve found a professional photographer with the qualities you’re wanting.

Step 4 : Investigate Their Training and Experience

Remember, you’re looking for someone who not only takes beautiful photos, but also has the experience and training to handle your newborn with care. Safety should always be the number one priority. It’s crucial to find a photographer with proper training, experience and safety measures. Don’t be shy about asking about their qualifications, sanitation practices, sickness policies, and even the types of important vaccinations they may have, especially their Tdap.

Step 5 : Get in Touch

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, reach out to your top picks and ask any remaining questions you may have. You can ask them to walk you through the process of a typical newborn session. Ask questions about their cancellation or rescheduling policy. Find out about the timeline for the reveal of your portraits and the delivery of your products. We recommend that you engage in a phone call or in-person consultation. This will give you a chance to interact with them and assess if their personality is a good fit for you and your baby. Remember, there’s no need to commit to the first photographer you talk to – this is a once in a lifetime experience, and you’re allowed to explore different options.

Step 6: Reach out Early

Not every studio will be available for last-minute sessions. Therefore, it’s important to book as early as possible to ensure you can work with your top choice photographer. Booking early also allows some flexibility if there’s a need to reschedule. Additionally, most professional photographers use handmade props and outfits purchased from places like Etsy. Booking early allows your photographer to order any custom pieces they may want to use for your session.
Finding the perfect newborn photographer can seem like a daunting task, but with some research and planning, it doesn’t have to be. Remember, you want to find someone who not only takes breathtaking photos, but also will deliver the full experience you are looking for.
We hope these tips were helpful and when you’re ready to take that next step – we would love to be on your list! Please contact us at Jennifer Shaver Photography to set up a free consultation to see if we’re a good fit. We have  years of experience photographing newborns from all over Brevard County, and we are dedicated to providing a full-service experience from start to finish. Best of all, we provide custom design for your session and create final artwork that you will be proud to display in your home, enjoy every day, and share with loved ones. We look forward to hearing from  you!

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