You have to decide if the pictures are worth it to you. (Not helpful I know.)The cost: yes, professional photographers seem like a lot of money, but when it's actually broken down it's really justified.
First and foremost, you are paying for experience. The experienced photographers know how to SAFELY move your baby and to put them into SAFE positions. There are a lot of amateur photographers (while they may be great) that don't know how to set up some of the popular shots. IE baby propping head in hands, or baby hanging in fabric tied to a branch. These are most often done as composite shots; baby is never left unsupported. Inexperienced photographers may not know this or know how to do this properly so it's certainly more risky to baby.Other things that go into the pricing: typically newborn sessions are done within the first 10 days after birth when the babies are still sleepy and bendy. To get a newborn into position for the shot it can take upwards to 10-15 minutes to do so for each pose. Photographers also assume that there will be time needed for feeding and changing, etc. and all that and more tend to lead to really long sessions. I've seen shoots that have easily been 3-4 hours long. Not only can the photo sessions be long, but the editing that goes into them after (especially when you are talking about the composite shots) can be just as long, if not longer than the actual session. Then of course you have the overhead costs (travel fees, or studio costs, insurance, advertising, website, equipment/ props, etc.) and profit.If you want to do them, then you should. Stick to your budget, but do your research and hire a reputable photographer with experience and references!
DS (2.29.16) via Homebirth
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DH: 29, SA - Great
Married: June 12,2011
TTC #1: 1/2014
Diagnosis: Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
Treatment: Clomid: 50mg, 100mg, 150mg - not successful and not monitored
Menopur 75ml (upped to 112.5ml), Ovidrel, & IUI IUI #1 8/31/2015