Photography Studio Oakville Ontario – Sunday at Seven Photography
Hello and thank you for stopping by! Have you been a bit overwhelmed at the task of finding a photographer for your newborn portraits? Or maybe you are not sure where to start. Let’s face it, there are SO many things to research and purchase before welcoming a new baby. Strollers, car seats, carriers, breast pumps, you name it.
Booking a newborn photographer isn’t always top of mind, but leaving this important task to the last minute could lead to disappointment. Given that you are reading this, you are probably one of those moms who is a planner and is on top of this already, so give yourself a pat on the back. Let’s help make this daunting task, just a little easier for you!
Here are THREE key things to things to consider when entrusting a professional to document one of THE most important milestones of your life.
#1. What style of photography do you want for your newborn portraits?
This is a big one. There are a few common styles of newborn photography out there. Traditional-posed newborn photography is focused on soothing your baby into positions that they would not find themselves in naturally. These sessions can take a few hours and may involve different set ups and props or backdrops. They typically focus on just capturing images of your baby on their own.
On the other end of the spectrum, there is documentary or lifestyle newborn photography. These sessions typically take place in your home and capture your family in their own environment. There is minimal posing involved and you can expect natural images that look a little bit more raw and real. These types of images tell a bit more of a story of your first days with baby.
At Sunday at Seven Photography, we focus on capturing natural and authentic images, using gentle guidance and posing. Your baby will be wrapped beautifully in a neutral swaddle and placed in your arms or a safe surface like a white beanbag, a bed or a in a moses basket. We capture a variety of images of baby alone and with family, whether you choose a session in our bright and airy studio or at your own home. Your gallery will have a variety of images of your baby from different angles and all of their details (tiny fingers, toes, hair). You can expect emotive imagery and natural moments of parents and siblings holding and adoring this new member of their family.
You should also consider the colour palette you see in the photographer’s work. Do you like a dark and moody image? Or bright portraits with lots of light? Do you enjoy lots of colour? Or are you drawn to a more natural and muted palette? Take a look at the photographer’s portfolio and think about whether the images would match the decor in your baby’s nursery or family room for example. You are likely to enjoy the result much more when the images displayed in your home are coordinated with your decor and style.
#2. What kind of experience does the photographer have?
Does the photographer you are considering specialize in working with newborns and families with young children? How many years have they been working with newborns? This is truly critical to know. You have only ONE chance to document your newborn – they change so quickly in the first few weeks, so there are absolutely no do-overs.
It may seem tempting to have your friend who has a nice camera take some photos for you. Or a photographer just starting out because they perhaps charge less, but you might be disappointed with how the photos turn out and the overall experience. Be wary if the person photographing your newborn does not understand the fundamentals of newborn development, posing, wrapping, editing newborn skin, lighting or worse, have no experience handling newborns at all.
Also do you have other children? Is the photographer good at engaging little ones? Older siblings that are toddler age can be tricky to engage in a photoshoot, so having someone who understands this age of development and has some tricks up their sleeve is always helpful.
Take a good look at their portfolio – is there consistency in their work? Could you pick it out from other photographers? Think about if you are going to have more babies, would you want your images to look the similar when side-by-side? Could the photographer produce consistent results time-after-time? Seeing consistency across the images in their portfolio is a good sign. If you aren’t sure from browsing their website, you could also ask to see an example of a full newborn gallery so you know exactly what you can expect from them. It is a totally reasonable ask!
#3. What kind of experience do YOU want on the day of your newborn session, and afterwards when you receive those beautiful portraits of your baby?
What kind of services will be available from the photographer you are considering? Do they just take your pictures and send you a gallery? Or do they offer any products or design services? Do they offer any wardrobe options for your family? Or are you expected to source products on your own, and shop for outfits to wear for the big day?
We offer a full wardrobe for your family so you can just show up and know there is something beautiful for your family to wear, that all coordinates and photographs nicely. You don’t have to worry about shopping around trying things on, or ordering things online and returning them. We know that you might not have slept well the night before with a new baby, so you truly just need to bring your diaper bag.
Our photography studio is a welcoming space where you can come and we have everything we need for your session. Many moms find it easier with a newborn to do their session at the studio, so they don’t have to worry about tidying up their home prior to the shoot. We have activities for siblings and a comfy couch for dad to relax on while we photograph your new bundle of joy. Other moms feel more comfortable with a home session, or want to document special details of their baby at home like their nursery.
Then when the session is all done, and your photographer retouches your photos – what happens then? Do they send you a gallery and say farewell? Or will they meet with you to discuss your photos and help you decide what to do with them?
After working with many families who purchased just digital files, we started to offer custom albums and wall art design. Many clients thought they just wanted digital files because it seemed the easiest. But eventually, many came back for our help, because they realized that they didn’t have the time or were stuck with decision paralysis about what to print.
Life gets busy when you add a child to your family. Designing an album or a gallery wall can become a task that nags at you, or that you just don’t have the know-how to get done easily. We have specialized software that makes this really easy to do. We can help you kick that decision paralysis about which photos you want to display by presenting some options and ideas. We also offer beautiful product options you would be proud to display in your home – say goodbye to ugly canvases and hello to luxury albums and stylish framing to match your decor.
I hope you found this information helpful in choosing a newborn photographer that is the best fit for your family! Thank you for reading, and please feel free to browse our recent work HERE for more ideas and inspiration!
You can also contact us HERE if you are interested in booking portraits for your family.
Sunday at Seven Photography offers a beautiful, custom portrait experience to clients in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga and surrounding areas. We specialize in maternity, newborn, baby and family photography in a natural, authentic and timeless style. Our portrait experience caters to busy families, and takes care of all the details including providing wardrobe, a stress-free session, and helping our clients select artwork to display and enjoy their memories.
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