Shannon Roddy specializes in baby, newborn, kids and family photography.

finding your perfect brooklyn newborn photographer


Gorgeous early morning light and huge windows set the tone for this Brooklyn Newborn Session. Most of my newborn sessions fall between the 4-6 weeks. Some family photographers challenge that time frame to be acceptable for a newborn session because many emphasize the first two weeks as optimal. But deciding when to capture your child is really subjective to the kind of photography you desire.

The timing is one of the many things I discuss during my pre-booking consults to make sure we share the same vision.  If you want to capture your child in their newest, tiniest form then .....yes, aim for the first two weeks! If you'd rather find your rhythm and capture your little more awake and alert, give yourself a couple weeks.  Basically, what I am trying to say is that there are no set rules.  As a Brooklyn based family and children's photographer, who has photographed a ton of newborns, I can assure you that the best way to find your photographer is to start with finding  the style of work you love. 

Families living in New York City are lucky because this city is bursting with talented photographers with lots of styles to explore.  Lucky for you, the internet exists and you can explore various photographers without leaving your home! 

Sometimes it can be difficult to explain what you want.  Take note of what draws you in and what repels you!  Do you like the vibrant bright images or moody light?  Does photography in home speak to you or perhaps you see yourself  outside with your family? Pay attention to how families are place in the frame, are they posed and looking to the camera?  Perhaps not so posed with a mix of eye contact and interaction? 

Are you are looking for sweet, styled baby in basket imagery or conceptual creations? Or do you desire something natural and more storytelling?   Whatever it may be sure to a photographers portfolio reflects it!  Once you have that narrowed down, I would suggest connecting with the photographers who fit your budget so you can get a feel for their personality and discuss how their processes.