• Liz K

How to Know If I'm the Right Photographer for Your Newborn Photoshoot

Updated: Feb 18

If you're reading this, you are probably pregnant or have a baby in your home. In either case, congratulations! Choosing to have photos done of your newborn is a no-brainer, you should absolutely do this as your baby will never be this small again. I am not just saying that because I would love to do the photoshoot for you; I want you to have these photos, even if you choose to go with another photographer.

these are memories that you will want to look back on again and again

So how do you know which photographer to go with? There are so many factors... budget, location, style of photography, or you might just want to go with a photographer you have worked with before because you already trust them. I have laid out a few important considerations and insights into how I work that might help you decide:

Style of Photography

For your newborn photos, you might have a particular vision in mind, or you might just want some cute photos of your baby. Either way, it's important to check out photographers' portfolios to see if you love their style. You can check out my newborn portfolio here .

one of my most popular props is this cute basket that can be lined with any colour blanket you can dream of

Type of Posing

There are a few different ways that photographers pose babies - there is the classic, complex posing which is often done on a beanbag and requires the baby to be asleep. It is very important not to try any of these poses yourself. The froggy pose in particular is a pose that needs to be done by a professional and can only be done safely through compositing in Photoshop so the baby is never in this pose without the proper support.

I personally find these poses unnatural and forced, so I don't do these myself, but I absolutely understand that some people love this posing style and there is a beautiful artistry from the photographers that do this.

When I pose babies, I am as hands-off as possible and try to let mum or dad handle the baby whenever they can. If the baby is young enough and likes to be swaddled, I will wrap them and that lets them be super comfortable and cozy. Or the baby will be in a cute outfit (I have lots of outfits of different sizes for parents to choose from or they can bring outfits themselves) and will be lying on their back able to move themselves around. This is also known as baby-led posing.

this little cutie was not a fan of swaddling, so she got to wear one of my outfits instead of being wrapped

Digital vs. Printed Photos

We live in a digital age, but that doesn't mean that printed products aren't important. If you are interested in creating beautiful wall art and fine prints from your photoshoot, then there are some amazing photographers around that provide these. There are special printing companies that only work with professional photographers, so you are not able to order these high-quality items yourself.

I personally do not offer this service, I am a complete lover of all things digital and like to include all digital photos in my session price. Because of this, I give out full printing rights so you can go out and have your photos printed yourself. Please note that often photographers will retain the printing rights, so make sure to get in touch with your photographer before you try to get photos printed yourself.

Baby's Age

The typical age for newborn photos is between 5 days and 2 weeks old, and for many photographers this is the only age they will do a newborn shoot - that way they fit the props, are still flexible enough for the poses and sleepy enough to stay asleep throughout the shoot. If you have your heart set on doing the shoot at this age, make sure you contact the photographer a few months away from your due date to make sure I or they have availability at that exact time.

I photograph newborns from 5 days until 9 months old. Some of my props only work for younger babies, but I have added special props and outfits that work for older babies so they don't miss out. I also personally love working with babies when they're awake. As long as they are happy and comfortable, I am ready to capture their gorgeousness.

this 'newborn' was already six months old, and she was a little superstar


Budget can be a huge factor when you have a new addition to the family (I know from experience that babies can be very expensive). When deciding between photographers, make sure you consider how the pricing structure works.

Does the session fee include any digital or printed photos? How much do you think you will spend on extra photos? Keep in mind that you will possibly be madly in love with all the photos, so keep some room in your budget if you choose a photographer that charges per photo.

My session prices are all-inclusive with all digital photos included. If you find that I am the right photographer for you, you can be assured that there will be no extra cost, only the printing that you might want to do afterwards.


Travelling with a young baby is not ideal, so you will probably want to pick a photographer that is close by.

My home studio is in the Te Anau town center. There is a flight of stairs to conquer to get to the studio space, so if you are unable to walk up stairs, please let me know beforehand because I can either bring all the necessary props/lighting equipment downstairs into my living room or I can come to your home with everything (free of charge as long as you live within 25km of Te Anau). Before I had a studio, I used to do all newborn shoots at people's houses so that is no problem.

I have also got lots of experience doing in-home lifestyle photoshoots, so if you are keen on getting a more casual documentary-style shoot in your own home, let me know!

lifestyle photo taken in baby's nursery

Family Photos

The last thing to consider is if you want to do family photos at the same time or if you just want photos of the baby. I offer this as an add-on option, with a 30 minute photoshoot either on the same day or within a month of the newborn shoot. You can choose to do this in my studio with a backdrop, or we can do an outdoor shoot for this instead.

studio photo with dad, mum and baby

In Conclusion

So that's a few considerations on who to choose for your newborn session. If you think we might be a good fit, please get in touch to choose a date for your photoshoot, but if you think another photographer might be right for you then I hope you have a lovely photoshoot with them. Who knows, I might see you in the future for a different type of session. I also do family portraits, maternity portraits, birthday photoshoots and special mini sessions throughout the year.

All the best,


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