Newborn Photography – Professional VS. DIY


Professional Photos

Going to a professional photographer might mean paying a bunch of money, but it can really be worth it. These people literally do this for a living so they know all of the ins and outs of the business.

-They have most likely made an investment in some really great expensive equipment that is necessary to get the best photos.

-Their knowledge of lighting and posing is what sets them apart from amateur photographers or DIYers.

– You know those super cute photos of babies resting their head on their hands that look impossible? Those are composite shots that newborn photographers have to Photoshop together. So unless you’re proficient in Photoshop and have spotters to help hold up the baby’s head safely, don’t try it!


If you go to a photographer who specializes in newborns they will know how to safely pose your baby to give you those cute poses that are so popular today. Your photographer should have hours upon endless hours of newborn practice under their belt to do these poses. They are NOT an easy task and nearly impossible unless you have experience.

— A professional photographer can use actions to smooth out the baby’s skin. If your baby has a rash they can eliminate that in their post processing. These technical tools are quite expensive to purchase and an essential part to make your portraits look great!

-Not only do they have the knowledge and equipment, but usually they have a stock of photography props for you to choose from. Also, they often have the ‘in’ with some prop companies who can get you props for a great deal. I know that a lot of our customers are photographers who follow us on social media sites to get coupon codes and freebies. (hint hint) Sign up here: Newsletter Sign-up

– A really great newborn/child photographer has an arsenal of soothing and cooing techniques to make sure you all get the best use of your time and money. They know what temperature the room needs to be, how far in advance the baby needs to feed, wonderful sound machines and many other tricks that will keep your baby calm during a session.

-Remember that the cheapest photographer is most likely not the best photographer. Shop around and see the quality work you are getting for the price you are paying. Ask the photographer how much experience they have with newborns, what type of poses they can do, what you should expect out of your session, and if they carry liability insurance. These are all valid questions to ask anyone that is handling your precious cargo.


DIY Photos

There are multiple reasons that people choose to take their own newborn photos- all very valid and if done right, can turn out beautifully. There are just some things to keep in mind when deciding to DIY so you don’t end up spending the time and money to get this


-Professionals have all of that fancy equipment for a reason and trying to get a good photo without all of that can be super tricky- especially if you set up in a place that is poorly lit.

-You might be limited in the posing you want if you don’t know how to use Photoshop – not the end of the world, unless you want a composite shot.

-When doing it yourself, you need to acquire props like fur, blankets, wraps, hats, headbands, etc. Just keep in mind that to get quality products it can be big investment unless you spend more time to do those yourself, too- even though some of the materials can be pricey.

-One of the big perks of DIY photo shoots is that you can do it any time you want. You don’t have to make an appointment for a session and then have your child cry or scream through the whole thing. You can do your photos of a weeks’ span if that works best for you and the baby.

Make sure if you DIY you take a look at some of these thinks below to learn about safety, swaddling, and more.


Either way, getting great photos of your little one is so important. They grow up so fast and you don’t want to look back and regret not investing in some really cute pictures to show off when they’re older 😉


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