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Did you do newborn pics?

  • poll: Newborn pics?
    Did it, totally worth it : (36 votes)
    43 %
    Did it, not really worth it : (3 votes)
    4 %
    Didn't do it, wish I did : (7 votes)
    8 %
    Didn't do it, don't miss it at all : (30 votes)
    36 %
    Other? : (8 votes)
    10 %
  1. MrsLonghorn

    clementine / 806 posts

    would you consider a regular lifestyle family photographer? They probably wouldn't have the supplies or skill to do cutesy posed photos - but if you want some beautiful pictures of your family, baby included, you could probably get them done a lot cheaper. I wish I had thought of this....

    We did pictures with some one who "specializes" in newborns. It cost $800-1000 (I don't recall) and she was at our house for like 4 hours. It was insane and I was so ready to be done by the end.... and this was without any special props or poses -- it was all regular lifestyle photography!!

    Looking back, I should have called the person that we use now for family pictures! 1 hour would have been plenty of time, and I could have gotten all of the digitals for $250.

  2. 2littlepumpkins

    grapefruit / 4455 posts

    We had the whole nine yards with only one kid but it definitely didn't cost that much for that amount. We paid a little more than that for four sessions (maternity we swapped for our other kids birthday, and then newborn, six, and twelve months.) we've also done pics with a photographer who charges $200 for a cd of the images and hers are hands down my favorites. I think you can find a better deal, but I've seen worse. They change so fast, I guess it's worth it if you've been dreaming of sleepy newborns forever (assuming you get one of those! My first was never that way so she was awake even in all the hospital pics at maybe a day old!)

  3. Jennibenni

    persimmon / 1005 posts

    I voted other because we did them and it was totally worth it to me but it was around $350. I don’t think I could justify $800.

  4. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3809 posts

    @MrsLonghorn: I think I'm more interested in hiring for the posed photos cause that isn't something I think I can pull off diy. I've found one now for 600 that's just the baby pics (or add 200 to include parents). But for lifestyle type, I was thinking to have my friend who's going to do my maternity shot do them.

    Wow... you guys are finding some bargains! I'm still looking and hoping to find someone I like for a little cheaper.

  5. ChiCalGoBee

    nectarine / 2028 posts

    @PurplePumps: I didn't vote, but for what it's worth....I did NOT do professional newborn pics with my first baby and I regret it so much we're doing them with my second baby, due in two weeks. My husband has a DSLR and a ton of fancy lenses. He wanted to DIY, so we set aside an afternoon and did it then. We got a few cute snaps of our son, but the few family ones were took were awful. I think the issue was that we didn't really know what we were doing (most of my husband's photography is nature and buildings vs people). Over the years (my son is now 3.5) we've both gotten better about using the fancy camera to get great snaps of him, but the sleepless newborn haze wasn't a great time for that learning curve.

    That being said, I really took a while this time to find someone who had a reasonable package for the upcoming pictures. I think we're paying in the range of $400-$500 for "lifestyle" family pics in-home, which includes 25 digital images. We'll do a bunch of family pictures (the most important ones to me will be of my son and daughter together), and then my son will go to school and she'll snap some newborn poses, too. I hope you find what you're looking for-a search on a local FB mom board might help if you haven't tried there already.

  6. SweetCaroline

    pear / 1718 posts

    I don't think I would have paid that much--we paid around $300. However, I love them so much and since we have them for DD1, we will do them for my next child too.

  7. nana87

    cantaloupe / 6171 posts

    Yikes I’m in NYC so high price market and ours were like $300 or so for each kiddo! We went with the photographer who works in the hospital— for lo1 we hadn’t thought about it at all until she knocked on my room door

  8. Miss Sarah

    persimmon / 1259 posts

    Luckily, my mom is an aspiring photographer, so I have never had to pay for photos! I absolutely ADORE my DD's newborn pics, but I don't know if I would have paid more than $250 or so for the session and rights. I live in Iowa though, our market is definitely cheaper!

  9. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    I’m a photographer so I’ve always set aside time to photograph my newborns myself. But my new most cherished photos are ones that we had done after my third was just born with me in them! I myself do lifestyle photographs, not posed with props so that isn’t something I would pay for but good photos of myself and my family I would pay a lot more!

  10. CatchAFallingStar

    nectarine / 2806 posts

    @PurplePumps: I’m both a mommy and a professional photographer and can tell you that taking your own photos won’t produce the beautiful photos you’re hoping for. I’m a wedding photographer and dabble in newborn, but it is HARD WORK. The newborn photographers who are great at it are so freakin talented and IMO totally worth every penny!! Which photographers are you considering?

  11. ElbieKay

    pomegranate / 3226 posts

    We skipped this. The posed photos with all the props are not really my style anyway. I don’t regret skipping for my 4yo. I took so many photos anyway, especially during maternity leave, that I feel his newbornness was captured sufficiently. They are compiled into a nice big 12x12 Shutterfly album purchased with a 50% coupon. I’m happy with it.

  12. Pumuckl

    pomegranate / 3601 posts

    We didn't do an extra photo shoot but did buy the pictures that the hospital photographer took. The kids love looking at them and they were a fraction of the cost that a newborn shoot would have cost us.

  13. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3809 posts

    @CatchAFallingStar: I have like 20 in my list right now! But based on price and samples I'm narrowed down to a few.
    http://ibabyphotography.webs.com (I'm kind of iffy if this is too calendar-ish for me, but it's a little different than the rest)

  14. Shybee23

    coffee bean / 45 posts

    Just posted on your wall!

  15. CatchAFallingStar

    nectarine / 2806 posts

    @PurplePumps: I’m personally not really into these overly posed sessions. But, that’s totally a matter of preference. Have you looked into lifestyle newborn at all? The photographer would come to your home. Here’s one I found. http://www.katelphotography.com/newborns/portfolio/

  16. CatchAFallingStar

    nectarine / 2806 posts

  17. LAZB

    pomegranate / 3904 posts

    We did for my kiddos, and I love the pictures. We turned my son’s session into a family session as well, and used the pics for Christmas cards, so I justified spending a fortune. If/when we have another, we might go with someone a little less expensive (we paid $1100 I think?), but still someone I consider high quality.

  18. erinbaderin

    pomelo / 5548 posts

    @PurplePumps: It so much depends on your personal taste. For me, I would go with the first photographer on your list because I prefer the simpler set-ups where the focus is more on the details of the baby and less on the props, but I think as long as you find somebody with experience (for me it was important to have somebody who specialized in newborn photos because there’s a lot of tricks to keeping them calm, settling them down, posing them, etc) whose style you like you’ll be happy.

  19. alphagam84

    persimmon / 1091 posts

    We did them with our first and have already signed a contract with the same photographer to do them when our baby is born in August. It includes a shoot lasting 2-4 hours (depending on how baby behaves) that will be the just the baby and then some family pictures as well. Ours isn't that expensive and I can't remember the exact price but I think it's about $500. Includes 25-30 pics in color and black and white with the print rights which is all I wanted-I want to be able to print and do with them what I want.

  20. Mrsbells

    squash / 13199 posts

    Photography is my hobby and we have an SLR camera so I take our own newborn shots. I ususally get ideas from pinterest and etsy on props to use etc.

  21. JCCovi

    kiwi / 705 posts

    We did with both kids. We got a 3 shoot package where each shoot had to be completed within the year. $1200 for the package. Totally worth it, I cherish those pictures. Less so the newborn posed shots, but more the family shots with us huddled around the newborn.

    Next time around, if there is one, we will definitely do it again and I would pay $1000+ for it if I had to, but I bet you can do better if you shop around or find a lifestyle photographer. I will say if price is really an issue, you probably only *need* like 5 photos.

  22. CatchAFallingStar

    nectarine / 2806 posts

  23. Bluemasonjar

    clementine / 910 posts

    I got the photos in the hospital when DS was just a day old and they aren't amazing but I liked having the moment captured and it wasn't too much $.

    I originally looked at booking a newborn shoot but decided I wanted something more candid and hired a friend who is a photographer to come by the house. I love what he captured and have already contacted him about coming back for LO#2 in a few months.

    I also just booked a mini Christmas photo shoot for October ($150) that only comes with 3 digital prints but figure it is another chance to get a family photo during the newborn stage.

  24. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3809 posts

    @CatchAFallingStar: Awwww, those are adorable!

    I ended up finding a photographer I really like for $650 including the digitals... AND that will work with my dog! Finding someone that will work with a pup was harder than I thought it'd be! I'm still totally envious of everyone who found packages for only $300ish, but I can stomach 650 a little better than 800+. Thanks for all the input everyone!

  25. CatchAFallingStar

    nectarine / 2806 posts

    @PurplePumps: yay! So glad you found someone. Who did you choose?

  26. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3809 posts

    @CatchAFallingStar: I'm going with Lara K (http://www.larakphotography.com)

  27. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @PurplePumps: so glad you found someone! And I do think newborn specific photographers who can do the extra sweet poses and stuff are a little more expensive and this is an expensive area. So that doesn’t seem too crazy to me! I hope you love them!


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