Your friends are all having babies and you've seen their gorgeous newborn portraits hanging on the walls of their homes, on their birth announcements, or on their Facebook pages. You know that your tiny baby will only be fresh and new for such a short time, but you're worried about the price of a newborn photography session. I don't blame you. It's daunting, to say the least.
First, let me assure you that you are not alone. Second, let me assure you that newborn photographers are not making grand salaries from their sessions or driving around in expensive luxury cars (in fact, my vehicle is over 9 years old!). A newborn portrait session is a custom experience. Unlike many photographers in the valley, I have trained and studied diligently in newborn posing safety and take your baby's wellbeing seriously. I have an entire studio filled with newborn props, baskets, hats, tiny pearl bracelets, blankets, backdrops and more! I spend many hours after your session editing your portraits to make them look their very best. I take the time to give your family individual attention and create a product that your family will cherish for many years.
A newborn portrait session can be a serious investment, but it is an important one. There are many things in life that you can save up for and buy whenever you want. If you've ever seen a baby, you know that they grow quickly, so you have to take advantage of the opportunity for newborn portraits while you still can. The best time to do newborn portraits is before your baby is two weeks old.
If investing in portraits for your newborn is overwhelming to you, here are a few tips that will show you that you can have beautiful portraits made of your newborn baby.
1. Decide early. One mistake I see many new parents make is that they don't realize how important portraits are to them until after their baby is born and they've fallen in love with that adorable 7 pound bundle of joy and all her beautiful features. By the time you get home from the hospital, you are already running out of time. Two things can happen. One, you won't even be able to find a photographer who is available on such short notice. Two, you won't be able to cover such a sudden expense. By the beginning of second trimester, begin to do your research and find a photographer who matches your style. Our area has some amazing talent but only a few who specialize in newborn imagery. Do you like whimsical, bright colored portraits where your baby will wear a cute hat that looks like an owl? Or do you prefer a more simple style with minimal props? Find your photographer, know her pricing, and begin to save up for your session.
2. Ask about payment plans. Most photography sessions do not need to be paid for entirely up front. Many photographers ask for a session fee to book and then prints are purchased after the session. My pricing is simple. I have a set price for newborn portraits that includes digital files and another set price that includes just the session where you can order digitals and products separately and when you're better able to afford extra purchases. To book a session, clients pay a retainer before the session and the balance by the day of the session. Other payment plans can sometimes be worked out to space out the cost.
3. Create a registry for your newborn portrait session. Many family members are more than happy to contribute to newborn portraits. It's a unique gift, something you can't pick out in a store. If you'd like me to set up a gift registry for your newborn session, just ask! I would love to work with you on a Newborn Image Registry!
4. Make some sacrifices. Whenever something is valuable to us and we need to save up to buy it, sacrifices often need to be made. Luckily, we're talking about a newborn portrait session and not a new car. Simply eating out 1-2 times less per month over the course of your pregnancy can be a substantial help, if not cover the entire expense. Think twice about that hair appointment. We spend much more on things than necessary without even realizing it, don't we? ;)
5. Refer your friends. This might not help with your newborn portrait session, but it will help you with other sessions down the road. Did you know that I have a referral program and offer special perks to clients who refer me to their friends? If all of your friends are having babies, refer them to your photographer. Who knows, that 6 month session may end up being free.
6. Consider Packages. If you know that you'd also like maternity portraits or would also like pictures taken of your baby when he hits 6 months old or a year old, consider a package. Not only is it less work for you to have to remember to find a photographer every time your baby reaches a new milestone, packages can save you money. I offer two packages. The Belly to Baby Package includes a maternity session and a newborn session. The Watch Me Grow Package includes a newborn session and a session at 3 months, 6 months, and the first birthday.
I hope that these tips help you prepare for your newborn session and make you realize that newborn portrait sessions aren't only for the rich. I've done several newborn sessions for single mothers, young couples, in apartment homes, and for families who knew that photography was important to them and that their tiny baby would only be tiny for a short time.
If you are still in search of a newborn photographer, visit my website at www.dwilleyphotography.com or on Facebook at Facebook com/dwilleyphoto. I serve the Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Parachute, Grand Junction, and surrounding areas. My pricing is easy to understand and tailored to busy families who want digital copies of their images, while still enjoying heirloom quality prints. If you have any questions about newborn photography in general, I am always happy to answer any questions or guide you in the direction of the perfect photographer for you. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 948-7241.
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