Kansas City Newborn Photographers | How to Choose
You are having a baby. Maybe this is your first baby? You are researching Kansas City newborn photographers and if you were like I was eleven years ago, you are a bit overwhelmed. My advice, first and foremost is to find a photographer whose work you simply just connect with. It’s a “you’ll know if when you see it” situation, much like the perfect wedding dress. Conjointly, there are other factors to consider when making your choice that you may not have thought about:
1. Experience and safety when posing baby – look for a photographer who has years of experience in the field. Something that trained and experienced Kansas City newborn photographers will know is that some poses are actually composites and should not be attempted without a hand for support. Composites are multiple pictures put together in photoshop to create one image. This way, the baby is safe and supported, while it may look in the final image as if he/she is propping up their own head and hanging from a hammock. Babies should not hang in something they can fall out of. Babies should not be propped up on their own weight. Dad’s hand was supporting baby from underneath with the shot, 1/2 inch over a 5-foot wide bean bag. It was combined with an image of the hammock with no baby in it. With almost nine years of experience, newborn safety is my priority. I will never put a baby in a pose they are not comfortable in and prefer natural poses.
2. Variety in poses, backdrops and props – You have probably seen the images in the portfolios of Kansas City Newborn Photographers featuring the baby on a blanket, posed in a number of ways. This is called “bean bag” photography and while it is adorable and I can create this style, my work is not relegated to that. Some photographers shoot an entire session on a beanbag without other options. Be sure to ask about variety if that is something you are looking for. You may (elsewhere) receive an entire gallery of images on several different colored blankets in three different poses, the only difference being the color of hat or blanket. If a photographer is coming to your home, they may not bring much variety with them. At our studio, clients can choose from 50+ backdrops and many props, hats, etc. You are not limited by what a photographer brought with them.
3. How does the photographer make mom appear? – I encourage a parent/baby set in each newborn session. Now, I know you will have just had a baby and will probably be exhausted. That’s ok. I absolutely can make you look like you, but a refreshed version of yourself.
4. The number of images in your final gallery – This is an important one. ASK how many images will be in your final newborn photography gallery. In most cases, there are only 20-30 images. Captures in Time Photography averages 45-50 unique poses in each newborn gallery. When comparing pricing of a disk of entire images, you are almost getting twice as many with our studio. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
Feel free to give me a call at 816-914-4793 to discuss choosing Captures in Time as your newborn photography studio, I would love to chat with you about creating your baby’s first portraits!