Newborn Photography - How Hard Can It Be? How I Learned To Be A Professional Newborn Photographer

When I first got into newborn photography I thought it would be easy.

I thought babies just go into these poses and always sleep for photoshoots.

I thought, how hard could it be? 😎

Well...😂 I was wrong on all accounts.

After a few failed attempts, I decided this genre of photography was not for me. 🙅🏻‍♀️

Then my niece was born and my brother and sister in law asked if I would do a newborn session for her. I was so excited to be a part of this special event and so I went to YouTube! I learned as much as I could from photographers I admired (and there was A LOT more free education online back then) and did her session and it turned out great! (for my first real newborn shoot I was very proud)

See!! ⬇️ 🤩 Not Bad Right?!

I knew then that I could do it, and that it would be HARD, that I needed help to learn, and if I was going to seriously do it I needed to invest in some education.

What was most important in my education:

1. SAFETY - This is still #1 for me and always will be. How to safely handle a baby and get them into little poses was the most important thing.

2. In-person, hands-on training with an experienced photographer who would take the time to teach me. I knew that in order to be confident and comfortable with babies on my own I needed to work with them alongside someone who would guide me first.

3. Ongoing support. A true mentor. - I wanted to know that as I spent the first few months learning that I could call my mentor and ask questions as they came up, get feedback on my photos and have someone cheering me on.

4. I wanted to get a certification. - Though this industry is not regulated, there are organizations out there that hold newborn photographers to a high standard. - I chose the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International and have gotten my credentials through them. My QNP took me over a year to get!

I found all of these things and dove in! And I am so glad I did! I know that photographing newborns is the right fit for me because even after a 3 hour session, I am full of energy and lit up!

Do you have any questions about your newborn photoshoot? Or are you a photographer looking for some guidance on how to get into Newborn Photography? Reach out and I am happy to answer some questions for you!

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