Newborn Photography and styling
Whilst the aesthetics mean nothing if your newborn photographer isn’t up to scratch when it comes to safety and knowing what they’re doing with posing it’s of course important that you love your finished images too, so this is the fun bit!
Use your desired wish list to help you with this last section. If you’ve decided you’d love some finished artwork to display on your walls (for example), think about where in your home.
Newborn photography - private poses vs public ones?
Many of my clients choose to have some naked-baby poses as part of their newborn photography session (naturally with their private parts very discreetly hidden) but it’s worth thinking about where in your home you might feel comfortable displaying these images.
Ask yourself whether these are private family images, in which case would they be better suited to the nursery/your bedroom or whether you’re happy for them to be seen by all visitors to your home. This will help us decide what goes where!
Formal spaces vs casual ones
When you’re thinking about where to display the images from you newborn photography session it’s important to consider how use the different spaces in your home. You may have a chilled out snug/family room and also a more formal living room. The style of furniture may be different and the décor might be too. The space that you choose will probably dictate the style of artwork you choose.
Lend themselves to unframed canvas’ or wood prints. Maybe an acrylic or metal depending on the style of your home.
More often require more formal artwork, framed fine art prints or even a framed canvas.
These are not hard and fast rules, but starting to think about what and where will help you choose the photographer who’s right for your style. If they don’t offer the products that you need, then they may not be a good fit.
If they have the products you need, thinking again about the style of your home and the way you live your life, does the photographers work reflect this?
Like everything else in life, not all things are created equal and just because a professional photographer is selling it to you does not guarantee that they are using professional grade products. Even if they are, they’re not all as good as each other.
Ask the tough questions…
“How did you select the lab you use?”
I’d tell you that they are specialists with outstanding attention to detail and after trialling lots, their quality by far surpasses the others I tried. I’ll be able to explain why their products are different to other ‘professional’ labs (just like anything, they are not all created equal!) and give you examples to see for yourself.
You could also ask “are they archival?” or “how long are they guaranteed to last?”
My canvas’ and prints are archival and are rated to last at least 75 years before fading, cracking, splitting or discolouring. Cheaper labs don’t use these products and as a result the artwork you are investing in may not last for your grandchildren to enjoy after all. Doing your homework will prevent you from making an expensive assumption and being disappointed.
If you have a love of neutrals and their work is a symphony of bright and vibrant colours (or vice versa), will this fit in your home and will you love it?
Most newborn photographers hone a very specific style over the years and are chosen for that specific style. I always check with potential clients that they know what mine is and check that they like it. This is not an occasion to hope for the best or show a picture of what you like and hope it’ll turn out OK. There are hundreds of newborn photographers in Bristol, you don’t need to compromise, there will be the perfect match for you and now that you’ve completed this mini series, you’ll know just how to find them!