How to pick the right newborn photographer part 2 | The experience

It’s time to think about what you want from your session experience.

Do you like the photographer?

You can get a feel for what the photographer is like while you read their about page, check out their Instagram feed, or skim through their blog posts. Ideally their website and social media should give you a sense of who they are and how you’ll mesh together.

How do you want to feel?

What do you want to feel during your session? Maybe you want it to feel like the photographer is your friend, and you can be at ease around this person as you go about your day with a brand new roommate. Maybe you want to sit back and be totally hands-off, which might mean hiring a photographer who will take care of everything while you take a break from the baby.

How do you want to be served?

Do you want a “quick-and-dirty” session, with minimal contact before and after the session? Do you want digitals only so you can DIY your memories, or the option to buy photographer-designed photo books and albums? Are you hoping your photographer will help you choose wall art for your home if you feel overwhelmed?

Read the photographer’s testimonials, and check out reviews on Facebook, Google or Yelp. See what others had to say about their experience. Is there a photographer that seems to match your expectations?

Getting in touch with newborn photographers

Put some thought into the inquiry you send potential photographers:

1. Tell the photographer who you are, and why you want a session at this point in your life.

2. Write about why you think they would be a good fit for your growing family. Was it something in their style that stood out to you? Or was it the thoughtful way they speak of the families they’ve photographed? Maybe their reviews mention things that caught your attention?

3. When asking about availability, make sure to mention your due date and how quickly after birth you would like a session.

4. Let the photographer know what way is best to contact you – is it email? A phone call during weekday mornings?

Do they share your excitement?

When you inquire with them, do they seem excited to hear from you? Do they want to chat with you, or meet? If they’re too busy to make time to get to know you, it might not be the best sign. They might be too busy to give you a personal experience, or they may not have great systems in place to give each client enough attention.

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