Special thanks to Amy Lantz from Dragonfly Studios Chicago for this wonderful guest post about newborn photography! You can see more of her awesome work here: www.dragonflystudiosphotography.com
What is it that weddings and welcoming a new baby into your life have in common? They are both major life changes that most people hire a photographer for– but they cannot be recreated later if the images don’t make your heart sing. Many people want newborn photography, but the cost often dictates the photographer they decide to trust with the task of capturing their brand new little one and preserving those early days with your for when all the adrenaline, frequent sleep interruptions and whirlwind of visitors leave your memory of that magical time a wee bit blurry. I remember searching for a photographer for my wedding– I wanted the best, because I would never hire another wedding photographer… makes sense, right? Yet when my first little one was born, I didn’t hire anyone to capture her with all her newness– little back wrinkles that disappear so quickly, soft baby fuzz, pouty little lips and just how deliciously squishy she was. Do I regret it? Absolutely. I didn’t regret it until recently however, because I didn’t hire a custom photographer for my 2nd, or 3rd babies either– it didn’t seem like it was in the budget, we were new to town and my husband was deployed or getting ready to deploy… I had loads of reasons for not finding someone to photograph our newest family member. Now? Yes, I regret it. Even with my own photography business, I never really understood the importance until my 4th little one arrived and I had another photographer capture him (because really, in that first week being hunched over a beanbag trying to pose him was much less attractive to me than say, a nap!). Now I get it. I have images of him that remind me just how tiny he was– and none of those with my other kids. Sure, I have the pictures of daddy holding them in the hospital, them being held by siblings, laying in the crib, etc… but none of those snapshots really captured the little newborn details that custom photography does.
When searching for a photographer to document this unforgettable time in your life, I try to encourage people to choose the right photographer for them based on the photographer’s style, the products & packages they offer, and their personality, rather than just their cost. There will always be expensive photographers and cheap photographers, but what is most important is that you love your photographer’s work– because that is what you will have to remember this fleeting time by.