In today’s digital age, it can be overwhelming for parents to try to select a person to take newborn photographs. Let’s say you’re a parent searching for a natick newborn photographer on google. There are pages and pages of options to sort through. Many potential clients give up on google and resort to asking their friends who they used for their own newborn pictures. I’m here to tell you why this might not be the best option and how to select a good photographer!
A recommendation from a friend can seem like a good choice. After all, they actually used this photographer and can vouch for their integrity, personality, and follow-through. However, this doesn’t always guarantee that the photographer is the right choice for YOU. Being friends with someone doesn’t mean that your styles align. They might fancy a clean, modern and posed studio look while you value candid moments. Your friend might have a big, open and light-filled home while you have an early 18th century darker home with period details and smaller windows. Every photographer specializes in something different and I’ll walk you through how to suss out the best fit.
Google may seem like an old-school method for determining the best fit for a photographer, but it’s still the best way to see a business’s credentials. Anyone can look like a professional with a handful of images on Instagram, but it doesn’t tell the full story. Is there a professional and functional website for this Natick newborn photographer? Do they have a multitude of positive reviews? Are the reviews for the genre you’re hiring them for? Are the reviews recent?
Every photographer is going to have a portfolio on their website for the genres they offer. Keep in mind that the photographs a photographer puts on their website are going to be a collection of their very best work. If you’re not in love with ALL the photos (or at least the large majority) in their gallery, move along to the next person. Look carefully at the posing of each photo. Is everyone smiling at the camera? Are they more focused on each other? What style best fits your family? If you love everyone looking at the camera and the photographer you’re looking at has only one out of one hundred newborn photos with everyone looking…it’s not the right fit.
It’s easy to be swayed into booking someone based on gorgeous images in stylized, light-filled spaces. The important thing is to think about your own home. Is your home big, open, bright and neutral everywhere? If it’s not and you rock color everywhere and have a smaller space, you want to find a photographer who has experience with that. Photographers are not magicians so we can’t change your space into what it’s not. What we can do is use our expertise to put your home’s best foot forward. Make sure the photographer you use has worked with homes that look like yours.
Photographers vary widely in price point. Most of the time, you’ll find newer photographers in the budget range and more experienced photographers in the higher end. There is most likely a photographer out there for every budget, but ensure that who you’re selecting fits the quality that you’re hoping for. While there are some exceptions, the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ often holds true. If you’re hoping for a platinum level experience for your Natick newborn session, you probably won’t find that for under $700. Newborn photography is expensive, but it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime event. If you can afford to hire a photographer who is in line with your expectations, this will cut down on the disappointment that can often occurs when clients feel swayed towards “a good deal”.
"To say that I love each one would be cliche and a total understatement, but seriously... She nailed it. Being a photographer myself, I am very picky and searched dozens of photographers before coming back to lyndsay and booking her and I am so glad I did. I can't even remember the last time I hired a photographer and was this in love with the images and unable to pick just a few favorites. Thank you, lyndsay, for making the photo session easy (with 3 kids), fun and providing this mama memories for a lifetime.”
"Our images are so special and really captured our joy and the sweet personality of our little girl. Lyndsay did a great job going beyond the typical posed shots and making our photos feel authentic. We will treasure them forever."
- amanda, northborough
"We have done multiple sessions (family and newborn) and we’re so happy with the results. Lyndsay makes you feel comfortable and is able to truly capture the moment. We will have her prints hung in our house for years to come."
- beth - framingham
"We've done it all - newborn, maternity, cake smash, family photos - and every single time we are amazed by the quality of the end product. Lyndsay captures beautiful moments that we will treasure forever!"
- nicole - framingham
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