There must be hundreds of newborn photographers in Bristol. So, if you don’t have a personal recommendation, how do you choose one? Surely they’re all the same so it doesn’t really matter? Well, not exactly! I’ve put together some things to think about and over the next few blogs I’ll cover them in depth and suggest some great questions you can ask to delve a bit deeper. In the meantime, here’s a topline summary of the key areas.
I suppose you could link this to Trust, but I see that as more of a personality “feel good” fit and competence as something much more technical, so I’ve separated them. Unfortunately the newborn photography industry is currently unregulated in the UK so technically anyone could buy themselves a camera and set up for business. Finding a competent (trained), responsible, insured professional needs to be top of the priority list!
Your newborn photographer will be one of the first people to handle your baby outside of your immediate family and the medical team, often before your family members! It’s therefore vital that you feel relaxed and comfortable with your photographer and trust them. Do you get on with them? Feel at ease? Would you feel comfortable being with them at a time that you may be feeling tired, vulnerable and possibly a bit overwhelmed?
Now we’ve covered the basics to cover safety and competence and you can start thinking about the sort of images that you’re drawn to. Choosing a photographers style that suits you is like choosing which restaurant to dine in – all could be great in their own way, but you may have a preference for one cuisine, or in this case style.
You wouldn’t expect a French restaurant to serve you a fajita, so if you like beautifully posed newborn images where every little detail of your baby is showcased, don’t book a documentary photographer (or vice versa!).
I’m using this as catch all for the purposes of today. How does their website make you feel? Talk to them on the phone, how did they sound? Did you get on? Feel comfortable? What would the experience entail? Does their business model suit you? Busy new parents rarely have time to create amazing artwork from digital files, let alone know were to order them from, so will your photographer do all this for you so that you can focus on what matters?
So there you have it, that’s my absolute bare minimum criteria for selecting the right newborn photographer for you. I’ll follow this up with a 3 part series suggesting some questions to ask anyone you’re interviewing (and you should take this seriously!) for the role of your newborn photographer.
The bit that scares people the most is asking questions about their training and experience, so read about that first how to choose a newborn photographer – training and competence or if you are already confident on those subjects you can dive straight into seeking someone who can meet your goals for the session how to choose a newborn photographer – what do I want them to do for me?