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You might be wondering how to book a newborn photographer: someone who will capture your new little bundle of joy in a way that you can cherish forever. It’s a big decision! Before you hire your newborn photographer, make sure you’re asking the right questions so you’ll have an experience you’ll love. Here are 10 Questions you must ask before booking your newborn photographer.

Newborn Photographer Question #1: What Experience Do You Have?

Sure, your sister’s best friend is trying to break into the photography business, or your friend from church has taken a few graduation pictures that you really like. When it comes to photographing your newborn, however, you want to be sure that it’s done by someone with some experience! An experienced newborn photographer will be more likely to keep your baby safe as well as capturing great images from your session. You can’t get these days back, so make sure you hire the right person to take care of your pictures.

Newborn Photographer Question #2: How Will You Keep My Baby Safe?

Newborns are fragile, and when you’re the new mama, you want to know that your baby is well protected throughout their session. Will your newborn be held throughout the session? Will there be hands on your newborn at all times to help protect against falls from wiggly little ones? Make sure you know exactly how your photographer will help protect your newborn during your session.

Newborn Photographer Question #3: Where Will the Session Take Place?

There are plenty of different places for newborn pictures. Some newborn photographers prefer for you to come into their studio, where they can control the environment. Others want to come into your home, where you will be more comfortable. Talk with your newborn photographer about the atmosphere that they prefer and where they’ll be taking the pictures, and make sure that it agrees with where you’d like to have the session. If it doesn’t, ask the photographer to explain their reasoning. You may find that you agree with them more than you thought!

Newborn Photographer Question #4: How Much Time Will You Set Aside for the Session?

Newborn photography is unlike any other type of photography for one simple reason: newborns are highly unpredictable. They may need to be cuddled for a little while in the middle of the session, or it may be time to eat when you least expect it. Your newborn photographer shouldn’t be cramming in your session between other photo shoots. Instead, you should have plenty of time to keep both you and baby comfortable throughout the session while still capturing the range of images you love.

Newborn Photographer Question #5: What’s Included in the Price?

Don’t go in blind when you’re paying for your newborn pictures. Instead, make sure you know what the session fee includes. For example, most photographers don’t release unedited images. Others only upload their photos to their websites, rather than providing a disc after the session. Check into whether or not your payment includes digital rights to your photos and what’s included. Ideally, you want to be sure that you pay for everything that you want, rather than ending up in a sticky situation once the newborn session is over. After all, you’re going to want all those pictures you’ve fallen in love with—and you don’t want cost to stand in your way!

Newborn Photographer Question #6: May I See Some Examples of Your Work?

You have a picture in your head of exactly what your newborn photo session is going to look like. You’re imagining your newborn in perfect poses, whether they’re surrounded by soft blankets or posing in their birthday suit. Make sure your photographer is able to match your vision! Take a look at their past work to see what the photographer can do and what their creative vision looks like. Make sure you take a look at more than one session to get a better idea of what your photographer is able to do.

Newborn Photographer Question #7: What Training Do You Have in Posing Newborns?

Newborns are incredibly flexible because their skeletons haven’t yet fused as much as an adult’s. That doesn’t mean, however, that they can be put in just any position. If your newborn photographer doesn’t have experience working with newborns, make sure they do have specialized training geared just toward posing those precious babies. This will help keep your little one safer and more comfortable during their session.

Here are additional questions recommended by the accrediting board. 

Newborn Photographer Question #8: What Props Do You Have on Hand?

Many of the best newborn photo sessions include fun props that help add personality and style to your shoot. Talk with your photographer to learn what props they already have on hand and how they often use them as part of their newborn sessions. There may be hats and costumes, baskets and trucks, wings, and many of the other props you’ve seen in the gorgeous newborn sessions splashed across social media. Have a specific idea in mind for your session? Get your photographer on the phone and make sure they understand your vision.

Newborn Photographer Question #9: Can I Use [X] in My Newborn Photo Session?

Chances are, you’ve spent some time browsing through newborn photos, imagining which ones you’d like for your little one as you picture your precious baby in those poses. In many cases, however, the props used in newborn photos are specially chosen to keep your baby as safe as possible. When you ask the photographer to introduce an unknown prop into the session, it may be more difficult to keep your baby safe and secure. If you have a specific prop you’d like to use, whether it’s a special blanket or a piece of sports gear, make sure you talk to your photographer about it ahead of time. Often, they’ll be willing to work with you to make it happen—but not with no warning.

Newborn Photographer Question #10: Who is Included in the Sessions?

Some newborn photographers love working with parents and siblings as part of capturing those important newborn moments. Others prefer to work exclusively with the newborn themselves. Depending on what you want from your newborn session, make sure that your photographer shares your vision. If they are willing to work with siblings, make sure you know any policies associated with extras in the studio, too. Some photographers may want you to have an assistant just for the other kids, who can take them out when their part in the session is done.

Booking your newborn photography session is an incredibly important step in welcoming your baby home. These are pictures that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life—so if you still have questions for a newborn photographer in New York, contact me here.

The post <h1>10 Questions to Ask Your Newborn Photographer</h1> appeared first on Brooklyn NYC Newborn Photographer | Dina Duchan.

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You’re looking for a newborn photographer: someone who will capture your new little bundle of joy in a way that you can cherish forever. It’s a big decision! Before you hire your newborn photographer, make sure you’re asking the right questions so you’ll have an experience you’ll love.

Question #1: What Experience Do You Have?

Sure, your sister’s best friend is trying to break into the photography business, or your friend from church has taken a few graduation pictures that you really like. When it comes to photographing your newborn, however, you want to be sure that it’s done by someone with some experience! An experienced newborn photographer will be more likely to keep your baby safe as well as capturing great images from your session. You can’t get these days back, so make sure you hire the right person to take care of your pictures.

Question #2: How Will You Keep My Baby Safe?

Newborns are fragile, and when you’re the new mama, you want to know that your baby is well protected throughout their session. Will your newborn be held throughout the session? Will there be hands on your newborn at all times to help protect against falls from wiggly little ones? Make sure you know exactly how your photographer will help protect your newborn during your session.

Question #3: Where Will the Session Take Place?

There are plenty of different places for newborn pictures. Some newborn photographers prefer for you to come into their studio, where they can control the environment. Others want to come into your home, where you will be more comfortable. Talk with your newborn photographer about the atmosphere that they prefer and where they’ll be taking the pictures, and make sure that it agrees with where you’d like to have the session. If it doesn’t, ask the photographer to explain their reasoning. You may find that you agree with them more than you thought!

Question #4: How Much Time Will You Set Aside for the Session?

Newborn photography is unlike any other type of photography for one simple reason: newborns are highly unpredictable. They may need to be cuddled for a little while in the middle of the session, or it may be time to eat when you least expect it. Your newborn photographer shouldn’t be cramming in your session between other photo shoots. Instead, you should have plenty of time to keep both you and baby comfortable throughout the session while still capturing the range of images you love.

Question #5: What’s Included in the Price?

Don’t go in blind when you’re paying for your newborn pictures. Instead, make sure you know what the session fee includes. For example, most photographers won’t release unedited images. Others only upload their photos to their websites, rather than providing a disc after the session. Check into whether or not your payment includes digital rights to your photos and what’s included. Ideally, you want to be sure that you pay for everything that you want, rather than ending up in a sticky situation once the newborn session is over. After all, you’re going to want all those pictures you’ve fallen in love with—and you don’t want cost to stand in your way!

Question #6: May I See Some Examples of Your Work?

You have a picture in your head of exactly what your newborn photo session is going to look like. You’re imagining your newborn in perfect poses, whether they’re surrounded by soft blankets or posing in their birthday suit. Make sure your photographer is able to match your vision! Take a look at their past work to see what the photographer can do and what their creative vision looks like. Make sure you take a look at more than one session to get a better idea of what your photographer is able to do.

Question #7: What Training Do You Have in Posing Newborns?

Newborns are incredibly flexible, since their skeletons haven’t yet fused as much as an adult’s. That doesn’t mean, however, that they can be put in just any position. If your newborn photographer doesn’t have experience working with newborns, make sure they do have specialized training geared just toward posing those precious babies. This will help keep your little one safer and more comfortable during their session.

Question #8: What Props Do You Have on Hand?

Many of the best newborn photo sessions include fun props that help add personality and style to your shoot. Talk with your photographer to learn what props they already have on hand and how they often use them as part of their newborn sessions. There may be hats and costumes, baskets and trucks, wings, and many of the other props you’ve seen in the gorgeous newborn sessions splashed across social media. Have a specific idea in mind for your session? Ask specifically about that prop to be sure that it’s available.

Question #9: Can I Use [X] in My Newborn Photo Session?

Chances are, you’ve spent some time browsing through newborn photos, imagining which ones you’d like for your little one as you picture your precious baby in those poses. In many cases, however, the props used in newborn photos are specially chosen to keep your baby as safe as possible. When you ask the photographer to introduce an unknown prop into the session, it may be more difficult to keep your baby safe and secure. If you have a specific prop you’d like to use, whether it’s a special blanket or a piece of sports gear, make sure you talk to your photographer about it ahead of time. Often, they’ll be willing to work with you to make it happen—but not with no warning.

Question #10: Who is Included in the Sessions?

Some newborn photographers love working with parents and siblings as part of capturing those important newborn moments. Others prefer to work exclusively with the newborn themselves. Depending on what you want from your newborn session, make sure that your photographer shares your vision. If they are willing to work with siblings, make sure you know any policies associated with extras in the studio, too. Some photographers may want you to have an assistant just for the other kids, who can take them out when their part in the session is done.

Booking your newborn photography session is an incredibly important step in welcoming your baby home. These are pictures that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life—so make sure you’re happy with the images you get by asking these key questions of your photographer before you begin.

The post 10 Questions to Ask When You’re Looking for a Newborn Photographer appeared first on Brooklyn NYC Newborn Photographer | Dina Duchan.

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Baby Nathaniel, though small, was surprisingly not a newborn at the time of this photoshoot. Nathaniel was born prematurely and was already about a month old before his parents could bring him for this newborn session. He was such a doll to work with and though he slept through the session, he did give a few adorable sleepy smiles.

Before each photoshoot, I give the parents a survey to fill out. In the survey they can describe or request any props or poses they want so I can prepare for the session. Nathaniel’s mother, Stacy, had a few unique requests. As an Art Director, she had a vision in mind for the photos. She requested lots of texture, and as you can see, I combined textures in the photos of Nathaniel swaddled up in fabric and laying comfortably in fur. The photo of Dad, Josh, holding Nathaniel in the air with his hands was also her idea. I just love how it turned out. A father, with the whole world in his hands – too precious.

One the set, I learned that Stacy wasn’t the only artist in the family. Josh also has a creative side – he is a Food Photographer. What a lucky little boy Nathaniel is to have the chance to grow up in a family full of art and creativity. I am glad that Josh chose to step away from the camera for the day to give me a chance to capture his beautiful family. And I am sure as time goes on, Josh and Stacy will be happy to have both been included in Nathaniel’s newborn photos.

I am so thankful to have been able to share such a lovely session with this family. Hopefully they can look at these photos and realize they are more than artists – they are art!

 

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Today, I am sharing with you little Arianna with all of her adorable black curls and her families heartwarming story. Arianna was a gift from the very first moment she was conceived. Her mother, Carline, didn’t think she was able to have children. However, little baby Arianna is miracle baby number three for her family! Arianna is lucky enough to have three older siblings, one of which was adopted, and I can already tell that she is going to be oh-so loved. It makes my heart sing when I get to hear happy endings like their story has!

Arianna came to me when she was about nine pounds and two weeks old. During the session, Carline and her sister were there to help me make sure that everything ran smoothly which was a tremendous help! However, baby Arianna was a professional sleeper and we were able to capture these gorgeous images. The very first image below, where Arianna is in a “frog pose” with her cute little hands cradling her chubby cheeks, was created by combining two different photos together. Since Arianna is so little, she isn’t able to support her head like this on her own so in one picture Carline supported her head and in another she supported her arms. By capturing both pictures, I am able to work my magic in Photoshop and create the product below: something that Carline was really happy with (and I was too!)

I can already tell that Arianna is going to be stunning like her mother and I am thankful that our paths crossed and I was able to learn more about their special family. I hope you enjoy the images that we captured as much as I did!

 

Find out more about my sessions here. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Avraham was two weeks old when he graced my photography studio with his adorable presence, and I couldn’t have been happier to welcome him into my neutral colored and cozy world!

Dini and Yossi were such a wonderful couple, and meeting them was such a pleasure! When they arrived at my studio, they told me that they had realized on their way over that their sister-in-law lived next door. What a small world! We spent a few moments chatting outside, and then it was time to photograph little Avraham!

For the first half of the session, Avraham was wide awake and eager to show me his gorgeous eyes that sparkled just like his mothers! In all my years of photography, the image of him looking straight into my lens has to be one of my all-time favorites. When a newborn baby looks right at you with eyes as big as dinner plates, you can’t help but wonder what they’re thinking about and what beautiful things they will see in their lifetime. Getting to be part of that world is something I will never get tired of experiencing.

Dini and Yossi had so much love for little Avraham, and as I snapped away, I could see their mounting adoration for their little son, found in the little body of their newborn. Capturing parents with their babies is so important to me – it’s a tangible memory you’ll never want to forget, and one you’ll cherish as your little one grows into a bigger version of themselves. That’s why newborn photography is so special to me, and why I absolutely adore my job as a photographer (which is more like a passion than work!). I’m essentially creating a blueprint for your life with your child, and you’ll have tons of stunning images to look back on to remember the sweet moments you spent, holding your newborn in your arms, gushing over how much you love them.

Take a look (with giant, dinner plate eyes!) at little Avraham and his gorgeous parents!

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