What To Look For In A Newborn Photographer

You are expecting a new baby! You're experiencing the anticipation of his or her arrival. Dreaming up what he or she will look like. Wondering how small their little feet will be. Wondering what the clasp of their little fingers around yours will feel like. What it will do to your heart to hold them in your arms for the first time.

You want to be able to capture those moments in a way that is organic and timeless. You also want to work with a professional photographer you can trust. But how can you be sure you are working with a professional? Here are the things you can look for in a professional newborn photographer. These will help ensure you are bringing your baby to a safe place for his or her newborn portraits.

How much experience do you have photographing newborns?

How many newborns have they photographed? A handful? Or hundreds? You can also tell if a photographer has a great deal of experience by their posing. Are the newborns in their images comfortably posed? Are their expressions strained? Do they allow the baby’s personality to shine through? Are they in safe positions?

Have you taken courses in baby posing or newborn photography?

Reputable newborn workshops contain information about newborn safety. Did you know a newborn’s head is about 25% of their body weight? Newborn babies are top heavy. When using props, professionals place weights in the bottom of their buckets or bowls. They need to counteract the weight of your new baby’s head to reduce any possibility of injury.

Are you seeing images on a photographer’s website that you’re questioning the safety of? Politely ask them how they were done.

How long do your newborn sessions typically last?

It’s important not to feel rushed during your newborn session. If the room is quiet and calm, your baby will be more likely to sleep and be calm as well. You must have time to listen to the cues your baby gives during your session. For example, rooting. Rooting is when your baby will turn his or her head and open their mouth searching for food. If your baby is doing this, you will need time to feed him or her.

Also, not every baby will do every pose you’d like. Every newborn is different and comfortable in different positions. A professional understands the cues babies will give. They'll encourage and help you to care for your newborn during your session. I follow your baby's cues and positions they're comfortable in. It results in more natural images. I need 1-2 hours for a great newborn session from start to finish.

Do you have references?

There are no official guidelines or skills required to start a newborn photography business. Ensure you’re working with someone who is committed to proper business practices. Many professional newborn photographers have testimonials on their website. You could also ask for references from parents of other babies they’ve photographed.

You want to work with a photographer that will provide a space that is safe and calm for your newborn. By asking the right questions, it helps you get to know who you’ll be working with and whether they are a good fit for you. It matters that you are comfortable and at ease.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Ask away.

I’m currently accepting newborns for spring 2020! If you’re expecting a baby, reach out today!


Hey there mama, I'm Karen Byker. I live in my hometown of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. I photograph through all the stages motherhood - pregnancy, newborn, toddler and children well into their teen years.

I am a mother of four that understands what it’s like to be busy, but I've learned how to embrace and enjoy the beauty of it.

I have helped hundreds of mamas to slow down and create artwork so they can remember these special times. Let's chat about documenting the beauty through your chaos.