Why hire a professional for newborn photos?

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You may be wondering, “Do I really need to hire a professional to do my newborn’s photoshoot? I can just take pictures of my new baby with my smart phone and they will come out great!” When deciding if hiring a professional to do your newborn shoot is the right choice for your growing family, there are a few things to consider.

  1. SAFETY:  You wouldn’t want to hand your sweet new baby over to just anyone, and you should never attempt to put your baby in harm’s way for a photo.  Professional Newborn photographers are familiar with exactly how to hold babies safely, when and how to pose babies, and more importantly, how not to pose your baby. We are trained to treat babies safely and respectfully. No photo is more important than the safety of a baby! If you have certain poses in mind ask your photographer before hand if they have done it before and if they know how to do it safely. Most professional photographers will take several photos and merge them into a composite to achieve certain poses.
  2. EQUIPMENT:  Professional photographers spend a lot of money on good equipment.  There is a reason why the camera and lenses cost what they do.  Can you take pictures with a standard point and shoot camera? Sure.  Would the pictures turn out as good? Probably not.  The expensive cameras are able to catch better light and have more megapixels.  This allows for more detail to be captured and overall better performance.
  3. POSING, ATTENTION TO DETAIL, & PROPS:  A professional photographer will pay close attention to the details. With newborn photography, babies are posed right down to the position of their hands and lips. Blankets are smoothed out. Fabrics are ironed. Background clutter is removed. The time of day and babies’ feeding schedule are taken into consideration. The temperature and ambiance of the room is carefully planned. Every part of the image and your session is carefully planned to ensure that you get the best images possible. There are certain variables that a professional photographer knows how to manipulate to help ensure an easier and more successful session. You also get to access a professional photographers prop collection (such as mine) and won’t have to worry about purchasing your own props.

  4. EDITING:  Photographers carefully re-touch your images. We use products like Photoshop and Lightroom to ensure that your images are properly exposed, the colors are perfect and the image is polished to a professional level. I always aim to get the best possible photo straight from my camera, but every image can be enhanced through editing, especially newborn photos. Lots of babies have red feet and hands or may have yellow skin from being jaundiced. Most babies have peeling and flaky skin, baby acne, or scratches from their nails. Some babies even have bruising as a result of a difficult delivery. A professional photographer will know exactly how to edit your images to get you wall-worthy images of your sweet little one.  I have spent thousands of dollars over the years on my equipment (including my retina display computers and editing softwares).

Lifestyle Newborn Session:
If you decide to go with my lifestyle session, I am able to direct you in choosing the best light in your home and am trained to make suggestions based on what is available.

Styled Newborn Session:
If choosing a styled session, you will have access to many of my safe newborn props, wraps, blankets, and outfits.  If you want to include some things of your own, you are welcome to do so too!

The first moments with your new little one are going to be gone in the blink of an eye, and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to have those priceless first moments captured forever. In a few weeks, your newest member of the family will look so different, and you will wish you had those memories.  If you have any questions about newborn photography, feel free to contact me at 612-440-3031 or kcalgarophotography@gmail.com

Baby C – Styled Newborn Session | Twin Cities Newborn Photography

It was such a delight to meet this sweet little girl.  I had met the family back when big brother turned one, so I was excited to meet their new addition!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from beautiful little Camille’s newborn session.

Baby T | Styled Newborn Session | Afton MN

Can you just look that those locks!  This baby girl was so adorable and sweet and I just couldn’t get enough of her!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from her newborn session 🙂

Baby N | Hastings MN | Newborn Photographer

What a dreamboat!  This little guy surely surprised his parents when he arrived 5 weeks early.  By the time I got to meet him he was already past the typical “14 days” that I like to photograph newborns in but he did great!  He slept his entire session and I had a really hard time choosing my favorite photos to post.  Enjoy a few of this sweet little boy <3

Baby C – Hastings MN| Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

Baby C was such a dreamboat.  Seriously!  With those perfect little lips and nose, soft fuzzy hair, I can see why his big sisters are just smitten!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from his styled in-home newborn session!

Now booking November newborns

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If you are considering a newborn session for a November due date, now is the time to contact me.  I only take a limited number of due dates per month and my slots are already half full.  Simply fill out the interest form below and I will send you more information!

 

Baby B | Styled Newborn Session

It was so fun getting to snuggle this cutie for his newborn session and to see the love that this family of 5 shares.  Mom and dad might have their hands full with 3 kiddos under 4 years, but surely so are their hearts <3

Now booking fall newborns

Now Booking.pngIt feels as if the summer has barely started and I cannot believe it’s time to already start thinking about the Fall! My summer newborn spots are 90% full through August so if you have a July or August due date, now is the time to get on my calendar before I am not able to take any more.  Simply fill out the interest form below and I will send you more information!

 

Finn | Fresh 48 Session | Hastings, MN Newborn Photographer

There’s something about those hospital birthing rooms that bring such a warm fuzzy feeling when you enter them.  I could just feel the love that this family shared for this new little life and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of this special time in their lives.  Baby Finn was less than 12 hours old when I got to meet him and I must say, he was perfect in every way!  I think his big sisters thought so too because they had a little bit of a hard time sharing him during the photos.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from this wonderful Fresh 48 Newborn Session!

Miss S – 6 Month Milestone

It has been so fun watching this sweetie grow the past 6 months!  I will never forget this particular session because we got SUPER lucky with the weather!  Even though it rained right before and right after our session, we got some great photos to document one of my favorite milestone ages! Enjoy a few of my favorites from Miss S’s 6 month session!