5 things to know when looking for a newborn photographer in Brisbane
These are my top 5 things what I’ve learned as a newborn photographer and I will apply them in my life as a mum.
I always knew I love photography, but I did fall in love with baby photography at the moment I have seen my niece. She was tinny and so cute and plump that I could have kept her with me forever. But each day she was changing and I could see different smiles on her face…and the worst is that I had to live in another country so I wasn’t able to see all the other changes in her.
When we moved to New Zealand and lost a couple of hundreds of images from my laptop I knew that I need to start and capture these images and I had to print them. So for this is an incredible privilege to take these images, record every little detail, capture that incredible moment in time and print it so future generation can see and remembered that moment forever.
You can see that I love what I am doing just by looking at my images. It says that in life you can never leave some things behind the photographs and a good book.
And with my images, I am trying to do only one thing: capture these moments of joy and happiness and bring them back, over and over again.
So from my experience not only as a photographer but also as a mum, here are 5 most important things when looking for a newborn photographer in Brisbane:
1. Baby Safety
This is the most important thing in my work and studio. The moment when the parents are thrusting their baby for the first time they have to feel that you will handle their bundle with the most care. I always make sure that the parents are feeling secure and calm. My studio has the optimum temperature for the babies.
Choosing the rights props, making sure that the baby is safe in them is paramount for me. The baby is never left alone in the prop, on the bean bag or just with the sibling. I always make sure that there are no sharp edges and they are not touching the sensitive skin of the baby. When in need I like to involve the parents in supporting the baby or even just calming the baby down.
I also invest lots of my time in researching and purchasing safe props from reliable suppliers. Every year I am buying quality education materials so I know what is the best and safe position for the baby to feel comfortable and not forced into these positions.
When the parents are in love with a pose but the baby refuses or I can see that he is not feeling comfortable, then I move to another pose.
I know that each baby is different and they will tell me that.
2. Each baby is unique.
Some babies look super cute naked, some are loving the back pose and hate tummy time.
Each baby has different features and you have to know how the light falls on them. And it is different from baby to baby. So knowing how to place the baby in the best light is essential. This is why I invest in workshops with well-known photographers to learn theses skills before I do a session.
3. The setup matters
Before I take an image I listen to the family story. I ask questions like: do they have a nursery theme, will they love to use some special colours. All these details need to fell into place during the session.
Another aspect is the design of the session, for example, if the baby has lots of hair and parents want to use hats or hairbands I will always make sure that I take images without the hats so I can show these details.
The colours and textures have to compliment the skin and features of the baby, making everything fit in the story. So is essential to have a pre-consultation with the parents to make the entire set up will flow and the images will be unique.
4. Listen to the baby’s needs.
Some session takes 2 hours some 4, but why?
The answer is that I take time and move along with the baby’s needs. If the baby is sleeping and calm then the session will end up earlier, but if the baby needs to be fed more often or needs longer time for cuddles than I allow this time and the session will be a bit longer.
My focus is not getting the pose, my focus is to listen to babies cues and tell the story through him and make the session a beautiful experience for him and his parents. An experience to look back and smile. I want them to remember that special day, a day that was full of joy and happiness.
Can you see and feel that the photographer puts 100% of him in what he does?
There is no day that I don’t read or do something that will improve my work and service for my clients.
I focus all my energy and time in doing workshops that will help me perfect my trade. Education is very important and if the photographer is not growing in this area he will go back.
So the question remains: when talking to newborn Brisbane photographers, and seeing their work can you see the passion, dedication and experience in their work?
My studio, located in Rochedale South, is only 15 minutes drive from Brisbane and it was built especially with safety in mind. I wanted to make a safe environment for babies and a warm and calm environment for parents. I always want to make sure that when I photograph their bundles of joy, I don’t photograph just a baby, I look at their little details and I capture these images with love.
I know that these images will be treasured forever as they are unique like their new baby.
This is an incredible feeling, the most important thing in my work and studio. Looking forward to meeting you at my studio.
Victoria – your Brisbane newborn photographer