mj... there are a ton of newborn photogs in this area... how do I know who to choose?
Well.... that answer will be determined by a couple of things- I'm going to answer it for you like I was looking for a newborn photographer for my own babe...
1. Do not shop on price alone for newborn photos. I get that you have a budget. We all do! BUT.. sooo much goes into to what we do, and some of that stuff is costly! For me, if I was shopping for a tog to document my babies first few moments that I knew were going to FLY by.. I'd be interested to know first.. what is her experience? Will she keep my baby out of harms way? Does she understand posing for safety? I mean.. I waited for so long for this babe.. I need her to stay safe now... I wanna wrap her up in bubble wrap! My photographer needs to portray she knows what the heck she is doing! When you shoot with me, you get my 10+ years of experience. I've handled HUNDREDS of babies, taken workshops from world famous photographers, and that should be seen in my work. I get newborn photography, I just do.
2. Portfolio. Does her style match what I want my pics to look like? When I look at her website, do all her pics consistently look the same? Does she understand light? Is lighting consistent? Style consistent? When you can see consistency.. you KNOW that your images will look that way too. It takes the guess work out of it. For me, as a newborn photographer, what you see is what you get. I do minimal props, keeping focus on your baby. That's my style. Things to look for: Is her editing style what I want? Are the babies consistently edited beautifully? Does she take care of newborn rashes and baby acne? Does she do composite work? And if so, does it look believable, or like baby is floating in the prop? ( I see this waaaaay too much!)
3. Does she have a studio or come to me? For me.. I want to go to a studio as a new parent.. because .... if all her pics are taken in the same place.. they can be more consistent. Consistent lighting, props, everything... I just want to bring my baby. Does she provide everything I need? I don't want to buy and pack up all this stuff before coming in! When you shoot with me... I just need a sleepy baby! Easy. I have EVERYTHING you need in studio :)