May 2014 Moms

Maternity Pictures/Newborn Pictures

I feel like I need to get on the ball with this but I don't even know where to start.  Are you planning on doing maternity pictures, or did you the first time around (if you're a STM+)?  What about newborn pictures?  I also have no idea where to start looking for photographers or what to expect in terms of pricing.  If you have had them done, or are planning on it with this pregnancy, how did you find your photographer?  Did you google and look at reviews, or go by word of mouth?  I just don't want to end up with awful or creepy pictures... like this:

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  • QOTRQOTR
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    I just started looking myself.  I started with yelp and from there, weeded out any portfolios or policies that I didn't like (One website said that I must make photo selections within 7 days of the proofs being made available!?!?   I have no idea what my days will be like in those first few weeks... don't you dare try to put more pressure on me!)

    Good luck - I'm finding it overwhelming so far.
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  • As my slow computer was scrolling down the first picture, I was chanting "please be barefoot, please be barefoot" in my head. 

    I have gotten recs from my local moms group, but haven't figured out what we're doing (just NB pics for sure, though).
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  • I had newborn pictures done,the hospital has a person contracted.it was really nice.they came to our room and asked if we would like some.not sure about all hospitals but you could call and see if yours does.so nice and we got our photos two weeks later in the mail
  • a friend took some mat pics for free, otherwise i wouldn't have bothered.

    and, eek....i haven't even thought about newborn.


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  • Wow, I didn't mean to post such enormous pictures.  Sorry.

    Glad to know I'm not alone in wanting to do this but not having anything scheduled yet!  I'll ask around a bit with some other moms I know and see if they have any suggestions!

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  • It took me awhile to find a newborn photographer. First I asked a few mom friends at work. They recommended two women. One was just way too expensive and one doesn't sell the copyrighted images (on a CD) which is a must-have for me. So then I looked on Yelp and went to each photographer's website to see their stuff. I found a couple I liked. Both were already completely booked for May. :( So then I just googled and went through probably thirty or forty photographers. Finally found one with a style I liked, who was available, and who will sell me a CD of the images as part of a print package! She doesn't have a studio, which is a bummer, but I was getting worried about finding someone.

    Some of my friends have used their wedding photographers but mine doesn't do newborns. Maybe ask for a recommendation from them?
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  • I'm not planning to do maternity pictures. I just don't want to spend all that money on professional pictures that I wouldn't personally really do anything with (I'd maybe frame one in my house) and that's not the kind of thing I would put on facebook or anything like that.

    I did have boudoir photos done when I was about 8 weeks pregnant. I had been planning on getting them done as a surprise for my Husband for our anniversary in November, but when I found out i was pregnant I moved the date up so I would only be 8 weeks (I didn't know how quickly I would start showing since I'm a FTM). That session and the photos were awesome! And my husband was very surprised/thrilled.

    If we do get newborn photos done we will probably use the same photographer that did my boudoir photos, she was great and she does families, babies and weddings. She is also an instructor at our yoga studio, my husband does 2 classes a week with her and I do 1. I feel like she has actually been an active part of my pregnancy because she was one of the first people I told about my pregnancy when I had to move my boudoir session up, and now she see's me weekly at yoga, growing away!
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  • danabsddanabsd
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    I cannot un-see that second image. **shutters**

    We did not do maternity pictures but we did do newborn photos.  I found my photographer on Yelp.  I contacted ~5 photographers and picked the one who's work I liked the most.  Even though she was the most expensive, she was the best.  

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  • I just booked my newborn shoot yesterday, but think I'll be skipping the maternity photos. I posted on FB asking friends to rec their newborn photographers, and got a bunch of responses. Then it was just sifting through their pages to find someone affordable - some of the pricing was really up there.
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  • I won't be doing a maternity shoot this time since I did it last time.  I somehow came across a local gal and saw on her website that she had some maternity shots already done.  I liked her work and style overall so i just went with her.  Since it was rather expensive I couldn't substantiate using her again for NB, it was $300.  So for DD2 I found another not as experienced photographer for $75 a shot and used her for every 3 month shots.

    This time I'll use the one that did my maternity photos, except she might still be on her own maternity leave.  If she's available great, if not I'll just go to the other one.
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  • edited January 15
    Great ideas! I'll ask around on FB this evening, and I love Yelp!  I can't believe I didn't think of that.  You gals are the best.

    ETA:  My wedding was on the beach about 9 hours away from where I live now, so I probably won't be using our wedding photographers who reside there ... bummer!

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  • I am planning to do both Maternity and Newborns.  As a FTM I feel like I just want to do EVERYTHING!!  

    I am planning to do the mat photos around 35ish weeks...hoping I'll have a huge belly but not be too swollen or bloated at that point... I am also doing newborns and those need to be done within the first 10 days of birth (according to my photographer).  

    I am using a girl whose work I absolutely love .. also she has done my friends maternity pictures which were adorable!!  She gave me a bit of deal to do both maternity and newborns and I get 20 edited pics on a CD of each session.  
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    I'm not doing maternity pics, but I am doing newborn. In fact, I'm in the process of getting our session booked now. A couple girls I went to HS with started a photography business last year. They do a great job, come to your house with props, and only charge $100 for a 2 hour session that includes the CD with 15-20 edited pics and full rights to the pictures. Oh, and no obligation to get prints through them. 
    That's a steal compared to what I'm finding online!
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  • I am getting both maternity and newborn pics done.  I found my photographer by just searching for maternity photographers and finding one who wasn't outrageously expensive!

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  • I'm not doing maternity either. The hospital where Liam will be born does them then charges up the wazoo to buy them. But i have to say, they are freaking ADORABLE. With my girls, i don't remember paying for them... but again, i was jacked up on morphine and perks.

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  • We will be doing maternity pictures at the same time as ds1's 5 year pictures. We will also be doing newborn pictures. We didn't do them the first time, just had the hospital pictures and it is my one regret. Our wedding photographer has been taking pictures of DS since he was 6 months old and will do the same for the new baby.
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  • For everyone saying they don't want maternity photos....I was the same way I didn't know what i was going to do with them. I spoke with about 20 different photographers getting price quotes anywhere from $1200-$700 for a maternity/newborn shoot (with triplets). I finally found a photographer who was willing to change her packages and make me something that was something I really wanted. So I ended up booking a Short Maternity session(1 hr) and 3hr newborn session(split over 2 days). We plan on making a photo book that starts with a few of the maternity photos and transitions into the newborn photos. After doing the maternity shoot I'm soooooooo happy that I did. I look amazing almost "glowing" in the photos and I'm so happy that I have these photos to remember this amazing journey. Never be afraid to ask a photographer to modify packages to something that works for you.
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  • I'm probably going to just be doing newborn pics, since the photog I picked has a $300 minimum on photo packages. I'd rather use the money on newborn prints.

    As far as picking a photog what I did was search Pinterest. I just moved out of state and searched "(my new city) newborn photography" and then went from there. Most photag's post their work on Pinterest from their blogs.
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  • MigggMiggg
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    I'm doing maternity photos on our babymoon so had to rely on online searching. I looked through probably 50 portfolios before I found a photographer I liked. Newborn photos seem crazy expensive in my area, $1-3K per shoot with photos, so we're still undecided on that end. I want to at least do newborn, 6 month & 1 year photos though. There has to be less expensive options out there so we're going to ask around in the next few weeks.
  • QOTR said:
    I'm not doing maternity pics, but I am doing newborn. In fact, I'm in the process of getting our session booked now. A couple girls I went to HS with started a photography business last year. They do a great job, come to your house with props, and only charge $100 for a 2 hour session that includes the CD with 15-20 edited pics and full rights to the pictures. Oh, and no obligation to get prints through them. 
    That's a steal compared to what I'm finding online!
    Seriously. I gave up after Googling and looking at about a dozen, all of whom charged around $300 for a session fee and then had a minimum photo purchase in the $100s as well. And no image disc. Pffft.
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  • I got maternity photos done while in Maui. She charged $250 and got all 300 pics on a CD. She did great work and undercharged. I did quick newborn photos on my own (amateur at the time).

    I'm looking for a maternity photographer and have an idea who I'd like to work with based on her portfolio. She charged $600 with all images. I plan to do my own newborn photos since I have 3 more years of experience under my belt and have shot around 50 newborns since then. Otherwise, the BEST and I do mean the best newborn photographer in the area easily charges $2k, but she does amazing work.
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  • Miggg said:
    I'm doing maternity photos on our babymoon so had to rely on online searching. I looked through probably 50 portfolios before I found a photographer I liked. Newborn photos seem crazy expensive in my area, $1-3K per shoot with photos, so we're still undecided on that end. I want to at least do newborn, 6 month & 1 year photos though. There has to be less expensive options out there so we're going to ask around in the next few weeks.
    Damn. And I thought the $500-$600 minimum I've been seeing was bad. I think I'm just cheap, guys. I keep comparing it to my wedding pictures, which I... haven't looked at since my wedding. Or even put in an album.
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  • With DD I didn't do official maternity photos. Instead I found some I liked on Pinterest, then DH and I reproduced them using my iPhone. I think we'll do the same this time.
    I didn't look into finding a newborn photographer before DD was born. Then, it turned out my hospital has photographers that come by the maternity ward everyday to take newborn photos. They don't charge you for the session, only charge you for the prints if you decide to buy any. Of course I wanted a cd with the photos, so I bought the most expensive package which ended up being $170 for a bunch of prints in different sizes (8 poses) and the cd.

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  • I found my photographer because she did a FB friend's maternity shoot and I liked the way they came out. The two other people gave me recommendations. For me, it came down to price and the photographer being flexible/giving me what I wanted. I got a break if I booked a maternity and newborn shoot so I went ahead and booked both. However she knows I'm iffy on doing the maternity shoot so she will apply my maternity shoot fee towards my picture package if I don't do maternity. I wanted to have ALL of the images on a CD/DVD and very few prints so that eliminated some photographers. Also, I want to be able to send LO to college in 18 years so that eliminated the woman who charged $1200 just to take the photos.
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  • I've never done maternity photos, but I did do newborn photos with DS1 and they were completely worth it.  Expensive, but I love all of them.  We found our photographer through a recommendation from our wedding photographer (we'd have used her, but she's out of state).  Our newborn photographer recently moved out of state too, so we'll have to look again for this time.  
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  • I'm not doing maternity but wanted to do newborn pictures until I saw the pricing. I was SHOCKED at how expensive they are in my area and have yet to find any photographer that can fit in a price range that I find acceptable. I'm still searching .....

    And if anyone knows of anyone in the Orange County area that doesn't charge upwards of $1,000 for newborn photos please PM me!
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    My husband is a photographer so we will have new born pics out the waz...he is already thinkin of what rediculous things to put on our peanut or put her in for a picture. So hopefully she sleeps through most of it and isn't resentful of her daddy :) but I don't know where I stand on maternity- I have some DH has taken from our honeymoon but I don't know about posing pushing 7-8 months and actually doing more than glancing at them in a photo book in the future. But I need to give it more thought.
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  • Like a lot of the girls have said, no mat. photos. for me, I just have no interest in them whatsoever. I'm actually in the process of booking my newborn session this week though. I'm new to my area, so I just Googled Cincinnati Newborn Photographers and checked out as many as I could. I first eliminated everything that was out of my price range, then contacted my fav. of the ones left on my list, and it worked out. She's available in my time frame, comes to my house, brings all the props, the session is three hours, and I get a disc of about 30 edited photos, with all rights released to me for $250. I thought it was a great deal.
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