capturing natural newborn family photographs starts with trust
Trust and Honesty.
Creating stunning photographs is a process. As the professional photographer, I can not emphasize enough, it starts with making sure your family newborn photography is the right fit for your potential client. For most clients, exploring the world of family photography begins when they start the conversation of family. (excluding us, family photographers.) There are a variety styles, aesthetics and approaches to newborn photography and we (photographer) know best how to explain our style and approach. If a client is asking for something that is totally not your style and you know it, be upfront and honest. Be respectful of their investment.
You can also see the mismatch as an opportunity to build community in your local family photography market by referring them to a photographer who fits their vision or if you are booked solid to someone similar. I have a list of Brooklyn and New York City family and baby photographers that I keep handy for this purpose.
I want a family to love what ends up on their walls. Cough. Cough. Photographs shouldn’t just live on a device! Hang up those photos! Let your family be seen and reminded of their love and importance. Professionally printed photos will look better and maintain quality longer too!
Ok. So you share the same vision?. GREAT! When your clients trust you as the expert, they can be present and enjoy the experience. Guess what happens when people trust you and enjoy the experience? They relax, laugh and smile (not the forced clenched cheeeese smile) and that is where the magic happens.
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by talented family photographers here in Brooklyn, NY. There is a thriving community of newborn and family photographers who are not only a source of inspiration but a supportive network to share and learn together. So naturally when Ana asked me if I would photograph her family. I was like, heck yeah!
So our session day arrives and it is beyond total gloomy grey and wet spring day. It literally rained all day and their light filled airy loft was nothing short ultra dark. Rainy low light days will certainly add a few hurdles to a session, this is where a clients trust really comes into play. Luckily, I had the trust of Ana and her husband which allowed for us to create these beautiful photos! While I worked making some light magic, they calmly embraced some extra baby cuddles time! Win Win!