Newborn Photography

Are you curious about what questions to ask a newborn baby photographer when looking to book a newborn shoot?

My trusted photographer friend Jess Wilkins has stopped by to bring you mamas some great advice in regards to questions you should ask when booking your precious angels first photoshoot…and if your anything like me this is a BIG DEAL. Finding a trusted, well recommended professional might prove to be easy on the internet, but there are some unsaid questions you may realise are important especially have if you don’t hold a lot of experience booking quality photography.

So everyone please give a warm welcome to Jess Wilkins to scroll below for some great information!

Hi, I am Jess, a newborn and family photographer based in Norwich Norfolk.

With a lot of photographers to choose from these days, I have compiled a list of questions you can ask when researching a bay photographer.

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It is by no means essential. But a photographer who has been trained in newborn posing means they have learned how to soothe and pose your baby safely. A key way to know, is to as and look at their newborn images – do the babies look cosy and content? An experienced newborn photographer will know how to settle a baby and have the confidence to handle them, making the shoot very relaxed and enjoyable for parents.

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You may want someone to come to you, or do you want a studio-based photographer. Feel free to ask questions on what facilities they have or how much space they need if travelling to you.

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Many of us photographers get booked up months ahead allocating a set amount of slots for newborn babies. If you find a photographer you like, ensure to ask them what their availability and when is best to book. Also, ask for prices so you know if they fit your budget. Many will have a price list on their website.

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If you like props then ask what ones the photographer has. My style is simple and natural, therefore I have very few props at the studio such as hats, rompers, headbands. If you want someone with lots of props and outfits then ask if they have these, look at their images does their style fit your needs and likes?

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A photographer should be happy to talk to you about safety. Many of us talk about safety on our facebook pages, some local photographers train other photographers in this area. Sometimes an image is the result of a bit of Photoshop magic, you need to feel confident in whoever you book.

I go into more detail about choosing the right photographer over at my blog. A great read to help you identify what you need to look for to ensure you pick the photographer for your family.

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A newborn shoot is not essential it is a luxury and you will not regret investing in a photoshoot whoever you book!


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Jess Wilkins

Hi! I am Jess a newborn specialist and family photographer, my aim is to photograph your bump, newborn or family in a calm & natural way.
I’m a professional photographer based in Norwich and have been working for over 5 years with families and babies. Also a mother of two beautiful children who keep me busy. My home studio in Norwich (Sprowston) is very welcoming and homely with plenty of free parking nearby.
I take my time with all my clients to ensure we get those portraits you’ll treasure and want to look back on in years to come. Babies and children really do grow up fast and I want to capture these precious moments!
My style with all shoots – especially newborn babies – is timeless and natural. If you are looking to invest in a photoshoot, but want the focus on your baby and family (not on props or bright colours ) then have a look at my galleries You will see I use a neutral colour palette & textures meaning your images will be beautiful and timeless.
I do not rush my sessions; whether they are at the studio (ideal for under 1’s) or outside on location at the beach, park or your favourite spot in Norfolk.

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