How to find the best newborn photographer

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Things to consider when hiring a newborn photographer

Choosing the right newborn photographer is an important task. You want to trust that the person you hire is going to do the best job at creating memories for your family. Whether you are a first time parent or a third time parent, you want to feel confident in your decision. In such a saturated market,  many people these days can pick up a camera and start charging to take photos of your newborn. So you will want to do your research and conduct ‘interviews’ to find the perfect photographer for your needs. Here are some questions to consider asking when looking for a newborn photographer:

1. What experience do they have

Ask the newborn photographer how long they have been in business and how many newborns have they photographed. As this person is going to be handling your brand new baby you want to ensure they know what they are doing. What if baby has an accident or gets a little gassy? does the photographer know how to manage your baby in such incidences. What soothing techniques do they use to calm the baby down. Does the photographer run a legal business? Do they have business insurance and a business license? You want to ensure the person you hire is legitimate.

2. What training/safety courses have they taken

Newborn safety is incredibly important. If the photographer does not have safety precautions in place then you need to find someone else. Ask them is they have an assistant to help keep baby safe, ask what types of poses they do and if they are done safetly (for example the froggy pose should be done as a composite and not allowing baby to hold pose by themselves). Does the photographer have first aid, do they know how to identify if a newborn is in distress? Can they tell if a baby is feeling too hot or two cold? These are very important questions to ask as you want to make sure your baby is being handled with a great deal of care.

3. Where does the shoot take place?

Many photographers, especially when they are starting out will work out of their home or they will travel to you. You will want to take into consideration the location for the newborn shoot so that you can plan accordingly. If you are required to go to them, then how long will it take you to travel to them? If the newborn photo session is done in their home, do they have covid safety precautions in place, does their home contain animals (if you are allergic to cats and the photographer’s cat has been roaming around in the studio then it might not be the best place to go). Does the photographer work out a professional store front studio? If so is there ample parking close by so that you don’t have to walk down the street carrying your newborn. Is there stairs? many moms, especially c-section moms don’t want to be carrying their baby up or down a flight of stairs so ask the photographer how accessible their studio is.

4. How much does it cost and what do they include

The problem with the photography industry as a whole, is that someone can charge you $50 a session and someone can charge you $5000 a session. There is no common standard when it comes to pricing. So you will have to figure out your budget and what you are willing to spend on these memories of your newborn. Bare in mind that really experienced photographers will cost a lot more than someone just starting out and rightly so. Cheaping out on a photographer might not serve your best interests or be the best choice for your baby (see points 1 & 2 again). if you are somebody that loves to have wall art displayed in your home and albums scattered across the coffee table, then choosing a photographer that offers such products might be the best route for you. So be sure to ask what kind of photo packages they offer and what is included. Also check for any ‘hidden’ costs that might not have been mentioned. You want to have a clear idea of what you will be spending with the person you decide to hire.

5. Ask about their availability and how their schedule work

Photographers book up quite far in advance. Once you know you are ready to book your newborn session, then start doing your research. It is recommended that you book when you are past your first trimester and feeling good. Leaving it until the baby has been born might make it more challenging to find a newborn photographer that is available on short notice. As many prefer to photograph newborns within the first two weeks of birth, you will want to sensure you get your due date on their calender. It is also important to know how many sessions the photographer schedules per day. As newborns can be unpredictable you don’t want your session to feel rushed. Allowing adequate time for your session to happen without the worry of the next client coming in, means everyone will feel more relaxed. So ask the photographer how much time they allow for the newborn session and if they schedule them back to back. 

Interested in learning more about me and my newborn experience? feel free to contact me here

 

 

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Charlotte Gamache is an experienced Vancouver maternity & newborn photographer with a professional studio located in Maple Ridge. You will receive a full service, luxury portrait experience from start to finish. All newborn photo shoots are customized to capture you and your baby in this special time in your life. The studio is located at 11952 228th st, Maple Ridge, BC.

Providing newborn photography to Abbotsford, Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond and Vancouver | Maple Ridge Newborn photographer 

If you are a newborn photographer looking for information on Charlotte’s Newborn Academy please head to our website www.charlottesnewbornacademy.com

604-317-8126 | info@charlottegamachephotography.com

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Vancouver Newborn Photography Workshop

Maple Ridge, BC – Saturday July 23rd

Location: Charlotte Gamache Photography Studio (Maple Ridge, 50 mins from Vancouver)

Cost: $1100 CAD + tax **please email with PayPal email to book your spot**

Non refundable retainer: $400 + tax CAD (due at the time of booking)

Remainder: $700 + tax CAD (due 2 weeks before workshop date

Attendees: Limited to 5 photographers

Workshops are one full day and will cover everything you need to know about newborn photography, whether you are in your first year of business or looking to enhance your existing skills. I will teach you everything from session workflow, styling, setting up your studio, prepping clients before they arrive, newborn posing on the beanbag and in props, composition and finding the best angles to shoot at, lighting, soothing techniques for a fussy baby and much much more. I will show you how to use studio lighting and where to place it to achieve perfect skin tones and shadows in and out of the camera.

The workshop starts early in the morning at 9am while we get to know each other over coffee and muffins with the first baby arriving at 10am. I will have 2 different models come into the studio so we can really focus on every aspect of a newborn session.  Towards the end of the day we will spend an hour covering post processing. After we are done learning I will take you all out for a relaxing dinner and drinks where we will reflect back on the day and have a Q&A session. We will then say our goodbyes around 7:30pm  (unless we are having way too much fun at dinner). After the workshop you will be added to a private Facebook group along with other students where you will receive continued support, critique, advice etc from me and have access to posing & editing videos. Limited to a total of 8 students.

Equipment needed:

Camera DSLR which you MUST know how to operate in full manual

50mm or 35mm prime lens (24-70mm is ok but you wont be able to shoot open wide like I demonstrate)

ipad, iphone or just good ole’ pen and paper to take notes/pics/videos

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**please note there is a minimum requirement of 4 attendees to sign up for the workshop to go ahead. Should the requirement not be met one month before the workshop, it will be cancelled. Please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

**COVID POLICY – Should the workshop not go ahead due to lockdowns, travel restrictions etc then the workshop will be rescheduled to a new date that works for myself. Should the attendee not be able to make the new date, they will be responsible for selling their seat. 

**The workshop is not open to those who already teaching/mentoring in newborn photography. Attendees are prohibited from teaching/mentoring within 12 months of the workshop date and will be required to sign a contract**

**The workshop if not open to photographers that live within 50 km of Maple Ridge, BC**

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Top 5 things to prepare for your maternity photoshoot

I know booking a maternity photoshoot can feel overwhelming. Especially when you are unsure of what you need to bring with you. Don’t worry, I have you covered in the below lists of things you need to do to prepare for your maternity photoshoot.

1. Nude coloured underwear

I advise my clients that it’s best to bring with them a skin coloured thong or g-string and strapless bra. Some of the maternity gowns are form fitting and so we want to ensure we see minimal underwear lines or brightly coloured underwear showing through. A strapless bra will work with most of the dresses so we can avoid trying to hide bra straps

2. Nipple covers

Another thing to prepare for your maternity photoshoot is to bring nipple covers. This may sound funny, but nipple covers are your best friend during your maternity session. If I am wrapping you in fabric or creating any implied nudity images, then nipple covers are a great way to hide any ‘bits’ so it’s easier for me to photoshop later on. La Vie En rose sells great nipple covers and you can find them here: https://www.lavieenrose.com/en/nipple-covers-neutral-bf7000320002

3. A fresh mani and pedi

Nobody likes chipped nail polish and I’m not a fan of editing it out either. So take the time to get pampered just before your session with freshly painted nails. I recommend choosing a colour that is more on the softer, neutral side as apposed to bright and sparkly.

4. Hair & Make Up

If you want to feel absolutely amazing and beautiful during your maternity photoshoot when I highly encourage getting your hair and make up done professionally. Make up especially needs to be done for the camera which is often a little heavier than you might be used to. Any clients that book a maternity session with me will have access to my preffered hair and make up vendors.

5. Your partner/husband

Now you may find this comical but I definitely recommend preparing your other half for the photo shoot. Often guys are not sure what to expect or even know they are to be included in the session. I tell them to bring a pair of jeans and two shirts/sweaters that would compliment the dresses that you pick out. I also joke that the husband will be my assistant during the maternity session, especially when it comes to throwing fabric in the air. So tell him to work on his fabric tossing skills as they will most likely be required during the shoot.

If you are interested in booking or want to learn more about how to prepare for your maternity photoshoot with Charlotte Gamache Photography please contact us here

 

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What to bring to your newborn photoshoot

 Top 5 things to bring to your newborn photoshoot.

1. Receiving blankets

I always ask my clients to bring at least four or five receiving blankets to their newborn photoshoot. I like to use the blankets to keep baby cosy and covered while I’m posing. I find that if a blanket has a scent from home on it that baby is more likely to settle into a pose if they are covered with the blanket while I’m adjusting them. I also use the blankets to clean up any baby messes instead of using a cold wipe that could disturb them from sleeping.

2. Pacifier

I know most clients don’t like to give their newborn a soother but I find it can help settle a baby into a pose even if they suck on it for a few seconds. A pacifier can make or break a session and if your baby just needs a little help to settle, then a soother will greatly help as apposed to us having to pass baby back to mum to soothe. It will immensely help during the newborn photoshoot so I highly advise bringing one. Even if you throw it out at the end of the session. I find these avent newborn pacifiers are great to use

3. Extra bottles of milk

If you are bottle feeding whether it be pumped breastmilk or formula I do recommend bringing an extra bottle or two incase it’s needed. I do ask that my clients feed their baby right before they leave to come to the newborn photoshoot but sometimes baby may need a top up half way through. This can be a tricky one if you are exclusively breastfeeding but if you are open to using a pumped bottle during the session I highly recommend it.

4. Wipes and diapers

I feel like this is a given, but I have had clients show up for a session without these items before. So I do remind clients to please bring extra wipes and diapers with you so that your baby gets to leave the photoshoot in a fresh, clean diaper.

5. Spare change of clothes for Mum and Dad

Most of my clients want to include family photos towards the end of their session. I do provide suggestions on wardrobe, however it’s better not to arrive at the studio already dressed just incase baby has a little accident on you during a feeding break or cuddle break. If during the family portion of the session, your baby decides that that would be the perfect time to let everything out on, you really don’t want to be driving home with a poop stained shirt on. So an extra shirt and even pants is recommended to bring.

Have questions or looking to book a session please feel free to reach out via our contact page

 

 

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How to prepare for your newborn session

Before you arrive to your newborn photography session it is important to follow the prep guide your photographer has provided to you. The prep guide helps ensure a successful newborn session with your precious new baby.

About 45 mins to an hour before you leave your house, try to keep baby awake and alert as best you can via stimulation & playtime (baths work great). Let your baby fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio. Should baby still be awake when you arrive then we will get you to give him/her a top-up should they need it. Ensure baby has a VERY full belly for the session. It is advised to try to feed baby about 20 – 30 mins before you leave the house so that we don’t have to spend time feeding when you arrive. 

If you are bottle feeding, please bring extra bottles of formula and/or pumped breast milk to help fill up baby faster and get them into a sound sleep. If breast feeding, please try to avoid eating the following foods 24 hours prior to the session as it may upset baby’s tummy: Spicy or gassy food (such as broccoli, beans etc), heavy dairy, caffeine & chocolate. If your baby has a tendency to be gassy then please bring gripe water or oval drops with you as it will help settle their stomach especially for poses that require putting them on their tummies.

Dress baby in ONLY a button or zip up sleeper (no onesies underneath) so that it is easier to undress them without disturbing them from sleep. Avoid putting hats on them for the car ride as it can create creases on their forehead which can be hard to edit out.

It is advised to bring the following to your session: Extra bottles, wipes, 5 receiving blankets, gripe water/oval drops (if your baby is gassy) and a soother (very important). Even if your baby hasn’t taken a soother, it is still a good idea to bring one as this could make or break your session. The goal is to help keep baby happy and calm during your session and is only used if assistance is needed to capture certain poses and won’t create any habit forming behaviour.

We know this may be a lot to ask of you to do before the session but in order to ensure your baby stays asleep and calm during the session it is best to follow the prep guide as best you can. If you ever have any questions about how to prep your newborn don’t hesitate to reach out to your photographer.

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When to book a Maternity photography session?

I always tell my clients to book their maternity photography session as soon as they are out of the first trimester. As most maternity photographers get fairly booked up months in advance you don’t want to leave it until the last minute. Especially as these sessions are time sensitive and must be done before your baby is born, obviously.

I recommend scheduling the maternity photography session between 30 – 34 weeks of pregnancy. At this time your baby bump should be nice and round, yet not too big that you are feeling uncomfortable. Maternity photoshoots can either be done in the studio or outdoors, weather depending of course.

If you wait too late into your pregnancy to book your maternity photography session, you run the risk of potentially missing the shoot if you end up giving birth early. You also don’t want to feel discomfort during your session so the closer to the 30 week mark the better.

Maternity photoshoots can be as intimate or as conserative as you want them to be. Some clients believe that I have to bare all in their session which is not true at all. If you want to keep your beautiful baby bump covered with beautiful maternity gowns and not show any skin then we can certainly do that.

Once you have made the decision to book a maternity photography session, be sure to contact your photographer as soon as you can to get the optimal date between 30 – 34 weeks along.