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How to Choose the Best Newborn Photographer for Your Baby's First Photoshoot: Essential Questions to Ask


Newborn baby with a white bow headband being securely held in the protective hands of a parent, wearing a white shirt with light blue dots. The baby gazes curiously at the camera with a soft, focused expression taken by Meliza Orellana Photography

Top questions to ask when choosing a newborn photographer


Finding a newborn photographer in Vancouver can seem so easy! You do a quick Google search and there are literally hundreds of photographers offering their services for newborn photography. Lifestyle. Studio. Props. Lights all these different terms that might make your head spin. All of a sudden the task of finding your perfect photographer is a bit more difficult. Here are my top eleven questions that will help you decide who will be the right fit for you:



It's truly an honour to be a newborn photographer and create those first family photographs for you to treasure for years to come. There's a lot to consider with hiring the right photographer for you and your family. With the Collections I have for you, you will leave your experience with heirloom quality art work that you will keep for life - your grandchildren will hand them down to their grandchildren. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you plan for your newborn session:


Booking Your Newborn Photography Session: Ideal Timing for Maternity and Baby Portraits in Vancouver

The ideal time frame to schedule maternity portraiture is between 30-34 weeks. You can also book your newborn portrait session at this time. The best time for newborn photography is within the first month but they can be as old as three months. I take on a very limited number of newborn portrait sessions per month to ensure flexibility in dates. As it turns out I haven't had a baby come on their expected due date as of yet... flexibility is essential!


I highly recommend creating a tentative booking around your estimated due date at least 3 to 4 months in advance of your due date. Once your baby is born, contact me and we will arrange a date and time for your portrait session. If your little one has already arrived, let's chat! I've photographed newborns as 'old' as three months. I'm happy to do whatever is best for you and your family.


Flexible Scheduling for Early or Late Newborn Arrivals: Adapting Your Photo Session Plans

Hakuna Matata. No worries! Get in touch with me when baby has arrived and we'll confirm your booking on a date that works best for you and your family. I only take a limited number of newborn sessions per month for this reason.

What to Wear for Your Newborn Photo Shoot: Tips for a Picture-Perfect Family Ensemble

I recommend wearing something comfortable and simple for your at home photo session. Avoid bold patterns and prominent logos, graphic T's or writing on your outfits. Neutral, light tones (creams, whites, grays or pastel tones) work great. I also recommend layers and texture. For example, a loose cardigan, a cable knit sweater or a flowy dress.


That being said - patterns can be gorgeous. Use your best judgement but you can use my judgement, too. Feel free to snap a pic of your outfits and send them over to me to help consult over your outfits.


Here's a link to my Pinterest Board with all kinds of wardrobe inspiration for your next newborn, maternity or family photo shoot.


You can also check out this blog post for wardrobe inspiration.


The Natural Approach to Newborn Photography: Embracing Baby-Led Posing Without Props

I offer in-home lifestyle photography which means there are no props. I use a method called 'baby-led-posing'. This method is exactly how it sounds. We do what baby wants to do. Cool, right?! Your newborn is like my little assistant telling us what we're going to do each step of the way.


In-Home Newborn Photography in Vancouver: Capturing Your Baby's First Days in a Familiar Setting

Of course! I offer lifestyle sessions which are casual and relaxed while featuring your baby in their very first home - I travel everywhere from West Vancouver to Chilliwack. Lifestyle newborn sessions are held in your home in the mornings - utilizing the soft, natural light. Ahh it's the best!


Your newborn will be photographed with your immediate family and alone with each of the family members and then by themselves, too. Have a family pet you want to include. Here's a blog post I made about including the family dog!

Duration of a Newborn Photography Session: What to Expect When Planning Your Shoot

Generally speaking, newborn portrait sessions last between 2-2.5 hours, depending on the needs of your baby (feeding, changing diapers, etc). Each baby is very different and because I use baby-led-posing each session will be fluid and depend on the needs of you and your baby.


Your newborn will be photographed with your immediate family and alone with each of the family members and then by themselves, too. Have a family pet you want to include, let's include them! I have a blog post about including toddlers in your maternity session, check it out if you want to know more about how to prepare for that... it's very similar to prepping them for your newborn photo shoot btw ;)

The Best Age for Newborn Photos: Understanding the Recommendations for Early Photography Sessions

This is common for studio photographers - not lifestyle photographers. The reason they recommend your baby be so young is because when babies are born their bones aren't fused together quite yet and it makes it easier for the photographer to mold your babe into unnatural positions because of their flexibility. This is something I will never, ever do during your newborn session.

Investing in Newborn Photography: Understanding the Value and Cost of Your Session


Newborn Collections include specialty art work that you will treasure forever. There are three Collections to choose from and you'll have the option to purchase specialty keepsakes a-la-carte. You're going to love them. Here's a link to get the Collection Guide with all pricing info for a session with me.


Viewing Your Newborn Portraits: Timeline for Receiving Your Full Gallery of Images

It takes approximately 3 weeks to receive the link to your personalized online gallery, at which time you will be able to select your favourite images. Once you've chosen your faves, your selections are fine tuned and retouched by hand to be ready for your heirloom keepsakes. I will design your heirloom album and/ or your fine art prints and deliver them to you within 2-4 weeks after they've been edited. High-resolution digital images will be provided as a digital download according to the terms of your Collection.


Personalizing Your Heirloom Album: Selecting Your Favourite Images for a Lasting Legacy


Absolutely! You will receive a personalized online gallery, at which time you will be able to select your favourite images. Once you've chosen your faves, your selections are fine tuned and retouched by hand to be ready for your heirloom keepsakes. I will design your heirloom album and/ or your fine art prints and deliver them to you within 2-4 weeks after they've been edited.


A Luxurious Photography Experience: Professional Makeup and Pampering Included in Your Session


Yes you do! Included in every Collection is a professional makeup application. Fun fact: I went to school at Blanche MacDonald and received a Diploma in Makeup Artistry and worked for M.A.C for years. I also worked as a freelance makeup artist for many years - doing makeup for events, weddings, grads and even offered lessons. Now, I’m using my skills as a makeup artist to make you feel pampered and taken care of during your photography experiences.


And to sign off... Here's a little message I received from a mama who just had her newborn session...


"I had a great time getting pampered and you made me feel so comfortable through the whole shoot, it was absolutely amazing! And great job directing my husband... I can't wait to see the results. And thanks for the coffees too, it was a nice touch this morning.


I'm so glad I found you, I couldn't have asked for a better experience with my first professional photographer. I'll save your contact info for our next one😉 Thanks again! 🥰"


Feel ready to book your session? Let's do the darn thing! (reference to the Bachelorette eeeek).


Get in touch and we'll schedule a call. You can share everything you've been dreaming up for your newborn photoshoot. It'll be awesome.




PS- Preparing for a newborn photoshoot in your home doesn't take as much work as you might think! One of my colleagues, Lisa Heidemanns a London newborn photographer, wrote this awesome post about preparing for a newborn photoshoot at home. You're going to love it!


Toddler girl laying on bed looking at her newborn baby sister during lifestyle newborn photo shoot with Meliza Orellana Photography


7 комментариев


This is going to be such an amazing resource for potential clients! What a great resource to have!

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Virginia Schultz
Virginia Schultz
07 февр. 2023 г.

Such a thorough blog post! There's nothing I love more than a session with lots of pampering!! 😁

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Courtney Landrum Photography
Courtney Landrum Photography
07 февр. 2023 г.

This post is so helpful, all of the questions you asked/answered were spot on!

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Ashlie Behm
Ashlie Behm
07 февр. 2023 г.

Thank you for answering all of these questions about newborn photography. Such a helpful post!

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Oh, I love that you include hair and makeup in the session! It's important for new moms to feel pampered

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