questions every parent should ask when researching their Birth or Newborn Photographer.

Based on nearly a decade of experience as a Newborn Photography specialist, we have compiled a list of questions every parent should ask when researching their Birth or Newborn Photographer. 


We cannot stress enough that these questions are important. They should be asked of every photographer you are considering, prior to booking, to ensure the best outcome for both you and your baby.

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EXPERIENCE

  1. Do you specialise in Newborn Photography? And if not, what is your speciality?
  2. How many years have you been working as a Newborn Photographer and approximately how many babies have you handled up to this point?
  3. How long have you been in business?
  4. What education do you have?
  5. Where did you learn your Newborn Photography skills?
  6. Can I see a full gallery of images from a typical Newborn Session?
  7. Can I see testimonials and references from previous clients?
  8. Do you use professional full frame cameras and equipment?
  9. I am expecting twins/triplets etc, Do you photograph multiples and what experience have you had photographing multiples?

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  1. What education or training have you done in relation to postnatal and neonatal care? With whom did you study? And what are your qualifications?
  2. What education or training have you done in relation to neonatal safety? With whom did you study? And what are your qualifications?
  3. Have you undertaken training in Safe Newborn Posing? With whom did you do this training?
  4. Which Newborn Photography organisation’s or association’s are you a member of?
  5. Do you have a First Aid Certificate? When was this issued?
  6. Are you trained in Infant CPR? When was this training undertaken?
  7. Have you undertaken a ‘Working with Children Check’. {In different locations this may be referred to under different names. For example in Queensland, Australia,  this is referred to as a ‘Blue Card’}. When was this issued?
  8. Do you do Composite Digital Imaging? {refer to our blog post on What is Composite Digital Imaging!}

HEALTH & SAFETY

  1. What procedures have you put in place in relation to Work Place Health and Safety? Specifically Hygiene measures, First Aid, Electrical Safety, and Emergency procedures.
  2. Do you work with an assistant or provide spotters at your newborn sessions? If not, will you allow me to spot my baby during a session?
  3. What happens in the case of a medical problem/emergency?
  4. Are you up to date with your vaccinations – specifically those relevant to pregnant women and newborns? Can you provide a copy of the vaccinations you have had?
  5. What will happen in the case of illness, your own or otherwise?
  6. How do ensure good hygiene with the props and materials being used?

BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS

  1. Are you a registered business/are you licensed?
  2. Are you insured and what type of insurance/s do you have?
  3. Do you have a contract? And what are your terms and conditions?
  4. Do you provide information on how to prepare for the session?
  5. Will you release copyright on my images?
  6. If I purchase the digital copies of the images are they print released?

SESSION LOGISTICS

  1. Do you have a professional studio? Is this a commercial shop front studio or a studio set up in your home?
  2. If you do not have a studio, do you come to my home or do you hire a studio space?
  3. Can I view the studio before the session?
  4. Is there parking on-site or nearby?
  5. How easy is the studio to access? Is it on the ground floor? Are there stairs and/or a lift?
  6. What are your business hours?
  7. Are siblings welcome and are there child friendly facilities and activities to keep them entertained?
  8. What baby changing and feeding facilities are there in the studio?
  9. Are other family members, such as grandparents, welcome to attend the session?
  10. Are refreshments provided?
  11. How long is allocated for the session? (It should not be less than 3hours)
  12. How many sessions do you do a day?
  13. What time of day will the session be held?
  14. What if we need to reschedule? What happens if we just aren’t ready?
  15. What if we need to cancel if something unforseen happens?
  16. What happens if my baby arrives prematurely or arrives well after their due date?
  17. What if my baby won’t settle or sleep?
  18. What should I bring? And how should I prepare for the session?
  19. Do we need to bring any props? Are we allowed to bring props of our own if we would like to?
  20. Are parent/family/sibling portraits included in the session fee or are these an extra charge?
  21. What age of the baby do your prefer to work with?
  22. Are you experienced working with premature babies?
  23. How long does it take to see my images?
  24. How long does it take to receive my images/products?
  25. How long do you store/keep images for after the session?

PRODUCTS & INVESTMENT

  1. What is your pricing structure? Do you charge a Session Fee + a minimum spend on products? OR Do you have all inclusive packages?
  2. What products do you offer? Do you offer prints, wall art, unique products, digital copies?
  3. Do you use a professional print lab?
  4. Are archival inks used for your printed products? (Archival inks will last a lifetime and not fade!)
  5. What is the enlargement quality of your digital images?
  6. When and how do I pay?
  7. Can I pay with Credit Card?
  8. Do you offer Payment Plans? Are your payment plans interest free? Which company are they through?
  9. Do you offer Gift Certificates or Gift Registry’s?

There are a lot of questions here and each and every one of them are important. You can never ask too many questions when it comes to ensuring the safety of your baby, a positive experience and a quality result.


We urge you to be vigilant, trust your gut instinct as well as the facts and only use a reputable, educated, experienced and professional photographer.

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