6 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Professional Newborn Photography

why invest in professional newborn photography

There’s nothing like the first few weeks with your newborn baby. Everything is new, there’s always something new for you to notice about your baby and you just want to soak up every little detail.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably have hundreds of photographs of your baby on your phone capturing these details by the time they’re a few days old. 

You might be wondering whether you really need a newborn photo shoot when you can take as many photographs as you like with your phone.

But investing in professional newborn photography is not just about the number of photographs you have of your baby. It elevates your memories from just photographs into something much more special.

Now you’re probably thinking “of course she would say that” – I am a professional newborn photographer afterall.

But stick with me for a few minutes and I’ll share my thoughts on why newborn photography really is a valuable investment for you to make.

6 reasons to invest in professional newborn photos

1.You Can Freeze The Memory Of Your Baby’s Precious First Weeks In Time

When it comes to newborn babies all the cliches are true – time flies, the days are long but the years are short, they don’t stay little for long.

Babies change and grow at an astonishing pace, and within a few weeks your tiny newborn won’t be so sleepy, and will be stretching their legs out, engaging with the world around them and perhaps even smiling! 

I typically photograph newborns when they are between 5 and 14 days old, very sleepy and love to be curled up like they were in the womb.

Photographing them at this stage freezes this fleeting time. So that even when the newborn stage is a distant memory, you have a permanent window into the early days when your baby was just a tiny bundle in your arms. 

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Surrey Newborn Photographer Clare Murthy

2. Professional Newborn Photographers Have The Expertise And Artistic Vision To Create Sleepy, Curled Up Newborn Portraits

Posed newborn photography is unlike any other style of photography.

Not only do photographers need to understand how to use their camera and lighting, but we also need to understand how to safely take care of and pose newborn babies.

This is something that can only come with time and experience. 

Experienced newborn photographers are skilled in working safely with newborns, making sure they remain comfortable and relaxed throughout the session. But they also bring their artistic compositions that elevate the moment from a simple photo to a work of art.

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3.You’ll be in the photographs with your baby!

Whilst most parents have thousands of pictures of their baby on their phone, how many actually feature the parents with their baby?

Usually the answer is very few!

And if you’re anything like me, you might not like the photographs your partner or relatives take of you with your baby!

Investing in professional newborn photography guarantees that you’ll also have that all important first family portrait. One that you feel excited to have, and want to print and put on display at home.

Newborn and Sibling photographs

4. A newborn photography session is a special experience for you and your baby to share

One of the happy side-effects of having a newborn photo shoot is that it is a special experience for you to share with your baby.

It’s probably not something you’re expecting to hear. But I love the fact that so many of my clients comment on how enjoyable the experience of having a newborn photo shoot is!

Watching your baby being photographed in a lovely calm, relaxing environment and then snuggling up with them for family photographs can be a really heartwarming experience. 

One that you can enjoy the memory of for many years to come.

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investing in professional newborn photography gives you photographs that you're proud to print and display at home.

5. You’ll have beautiful photographs that you’re proud to display at home

There’s something about having photographs printed and framed, rather than just on our phones and computers.

Seeing them every day takes us back to our happiest memories in an instant, and studies have shown that having family photos on display at home helps to boost children’s self esteem because it helps to give them a sense of their place in the world.

I know that my two LOVE looking at photographs of themselves!

Working with a professional newborn photographer means that you can also tap into their design, printing and framing expertise. 

Whether you want to create an heirloom album as a precious family keepsake, or display the photographs on your walls, your photographer can bring their artistic vision to the process and elevate the end result.

clare murthy storyboard

6. You’re creating a photographic legacy for your family

As a child, almost every photograph my parents had taken was carefully put into an album, and whenever we wanted to look back at a particular memory all we had to do was pick up an album and look through it. 

We can still pick them up and look at them today. Smiling at the photographs of us as babies and cringing at our teenage years!

My parents created a photographic legacy that tells our family story, and can be handed down through the generations.

By investing in newborn photography you’re starting a photographic legacy for your family too. One that you can enjoy right now, but they will also become a special keepsake for your baby as they grow up. Something you can look through together whilst you tell them stories of their first days, weeks and months, and that can be passed down to their children for them to enjoy too.

Clare Murthy Photography Album

Ready To Create Your Family’s Photographic Legacy?

So there you have it. The reasons why newborn photography can be an incredibly valuable investment.

And if you’d like to explore having a newborn photography session with your baby, just click on the link below to find out more:

Click here to learn more about newborn photography

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Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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