As a Boston area newborn photographer, I am asked all the time how I pick photographers for my own family. It’s a really good question because there’s so much talent here in Boston and in Massachusetts in general! I am REALLY excited about who we’ve hired for baby #2’s newborn photos, so I thought I’d share my “criteria.”
The first thing anyone should do when considering a newborn photographer is decide if they want studio or lifestyle photos. Studio portraits are beautiful in their own right, but they’re not what makes my heart sing. I look strictly for lifestyle photographers. This weeds out about half of the photographer population right off the bat.
2. Editing Consistency
This one is HUGE in my book. I don’t want any surprises when I receive the final product. Sure, editing will vary depending on the light and colors in a client’s home, but I need to know that the images I receive will look generally like the photographer’s portfolio images. This leads me to point #3…
3. Editing Style
I’m looking for a very particular editing style. I like a *relatively* clean edit with some pop and contrast. True-to-life skin tones and colors are a must in my book. No fake orange, please. I also like a subtle film-like look (without looking matte or grainy or too trendy). In terms of exposure, bright and airy can be really beautiful but it isn’t my jam. Same with super dark and moody. For outdoor sessions, I prefer middle-of-the-road greens (as in, no neon, but no desaturated/dead greens in the middle of summer). Basically, I just want things to look realistic with some pop. ha.
A photographer’s personality may not matter *quite* as much as their work, but I think it matters a lot. After all, when you work with a photographer, you’re not just spending time with them during the session, but you’re theoretically communicating before and after the session as well. Something I really value in any artist is humility. Imho, humility translates into excellent customer service and a great overall experience.
5. Their Work Just Has to Resonate
This one seems obvious, but it’s crucial. My photographer friend Amy will be doing our newborn photos, and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. She not only meets all of the above criteria ;), but her work just resonates with me for reasons that I can’t quite put into words. I could stare at it forever. I actually feel this way about quite a few local photographers, but as an added bonus, Amy offers video and she’ll be creating a mini-film for us in addition to taking photos. Can.not.wait!
Melissa Rabbitt is a Boston area newborn photographer who has been photographing families and newborns for 6 years. As she takes a limited number of bookings each month, it’s never to early to reach out!