There are so many decisions you have to make as a soon-to-be first time parent. Months before your newborn arrives, you have to consider things like doctors, daycares and yes, even choosing the best Minneapolis newborn photographer for you. Some twin cities newborn photographers book out months in advance. While our actual photo sessions are only a few hours each, the back end of editing is much more time consuming, limiting most photographers to a handful of sessions per week in order to get proofs delivered in a timely manner.
What should be your main considerations when choosing a Minneapolis Newborn Photographer? Cost will of course be a factor in most peoples decision. Does your photographer take payment plans? Does their fee include prints or digital images, or is it just a sitting fee? Do you have to come back at another time to select your images? Are you required to spend an additional amount of money on prints and products, or does your photographer sell digital images and allow you to print yourself?
Style will be your next main consideration when choosing the best twin cities newborn photographer for you. Do you like light and airy photos? Darker, moodier photos? Are you looking for posed newborn photos, or maybe a more lifestyle family session that focuses more on family interaction? Most Minneapolis newborn photographers specialize in one style only, so it is important to research their content galleries and ask questions, and discuss any must-have poses with them in advance.
Are you wanting to go to a newborn photography studio, or are you wanting a photographer to come to your home? Again, most photographers will specialize in one or the other, so you need to establish this in advance. While the prospect of an in-home session is convenient, you will be much more limited on props and backdrops used, as well as restricted with the lighting inside of the home, as most studio photographers have a large collection of props, backdrops, outfits, and also a large lighting system that keeps the light soft and perfect for newborns.
What about baby's age? Some photographers absolutely will not budge on their age restrictions (this will vary photographer to photographer, but I see 5-10 days old as pretty common), so what will happen if your baby is premature or needs extra time in the NICU, or you have a c-section and need a full two weeks to recuperate? Make sure to discuss this in advance of booking a newborn session!
While I am considered a studio based posed newborn photographer, I realize not everyone prefers this style, and it's important to me as a newborn photographer that all prospective clients find the best fit for their needs! All photographers should be transparent and willing to discuss this with you!