Newborn photography, which is the photography of babies soon after they’re born, has been around since the late 1800s. It was transformed in the early 1990s by a photographer who took it upon herself to pose babies as models with intricate props and settings.  Today, it’s a very popular type of photography!

There weren’t any professionals back then who knew how to both handle a baby and photograph them. In the Victorian era, a photograph required about 10 seconds of exposure time to complete a photo. So in order to keep a baby still for that long, the mother would hold the baby while hidden. Hence, it became known as hidden mother photography. A blanket or prop would attempt to hide the mother, whose baby was held for a photo that would keep memories alive.

Today, photography has evolved and professional photographers have revolutionized ways to take pictures of newborn babies that are not only a moment in time but a show of personality and design. Professional newborn photographers understand how to keep your baby safe and comfortable while posing them with props that create lasting keepsakes.

Here are seven reasons to hire a professional photographer to take photos of your newborn baby:

Professionals can pose your baby to capture special features

The purpose of posing newborn babies is to capture their innocence and beauty. Babies are cute, but they’re also delicate, wholesome, angelic. To capture this, professional newborn photographers use posing to carefully place a baby into a still moment. 

The most common is the Frog Pose, where the hands are placed under the baby’s chin, propped up on their elbows with the legs extended on each side. It focuses on the facial features in an angelic pose.

Some poses will cater to the squishiness and flexibility of a newborn’s body. Pudge, wrinkles, and fat rolls are all such cute features that showcase a newborn. Placing a baby in the Womb Pose or Chin on Hands Pose accentuate the tiny hands and fingers of the baby as well as their face.

Every pose has a purpose and a professional newborn photographer will discuss these options with parents who are looking to capture these beautiful moments.

Professionals are safety-trained and will keep your baby healthy during the process

Posing a gumby new baby is difficult and best left to professionals because it requires special care and knowledge. For one, new babies are still developing their immune systems and temperature regulation. Since most poses require a baby to be naked, the temperature of the room is set to a comfortable warmth.

Certain poses can’t be held for long because circulation for newborns isn’t great. If left in a pose for too long, the hands and feet begin to turn blue or purple. A professional newborn photographer knows they have limited time to get the shot when posing.

Other safety measures that a professional newborn photographer will do is disinfect all surfaces, props, and studios before each session. All props and equipment used for the baby will be soft, and plush. And most of all, if anyone is feeling sick or under the weather, they will cancel or postpone a shoot to keep the baby safe.

Professionals use props to add style to a photoshoot

When babies are born, they have yet to develop their personality. But parents can still have their influence. When using props, newborns are transformed into another setting, another world, or a planned life. Sports fans, artists and musicians who want their babies to follow their footsteps can add their props to the images and create a moment worth framing.

Common props include hats and headbands, buckets and baskets, hanging beds, wraps and rugs. These props are all meant to keep the baby safe and unharmed while adding value to a photo. A baby is always the focus, though!

Professionals often have package deals from birth to first birthday

Why take pictures of your baby only as a newborn? Many professional newborn photographers understand that once you want to capture a moment, there are many memories thereafter to capture.

Package deals are set up so that the same photographer can commemorate all the big moments like maternity photos, birth photos, newborn photos, and cake smash first birthdays. This allows you to save money, keep a consistent style, and build a relationship with your photographer. 

Professionals will communicate well with parents

Photographers who work with babies understand their clients can’t communicate their needs and worries. Communicating well with parents is key to making sure a photo shoot runs smoothly and everyone involved is happy.

It may be uncomfortable for parents to allow a professional newborn photographer to handle their baby but the expertise and experience these photographers have will ensure their safety. Communication will ease those worries of parents.

Communication is also key in deciding style, props, colors, etc. Parents have a say in their baby’s portrayal while a professional photographer makes it happen.