I visited my hometown, Tallahassee, last year for the first time in many years. I was visiting for an old friend from high school’s baby shower. While I was there I took photos of another friend and her new baby...
June 29, 2022
You’re looking for a Tallahassee Newborn Photographer? You followed each week from blueberry to cantelope how big your growing baby is. You took the birth classes and toured the hospital. You painted the nursery and researched bassinets. You carefully selected “coming home outfits” and swaddles. You wrote out baby names to see what they looked like in your handwriting. Now its time to research Tallahassee newborn Photography because you heard time flies and they grow fast and if there’s one thing you don’t want to leave up to chance, its your newborn photos.
You’re ready to find a Tallahassee Newborn Photographer you can trust. You want Newborn Photography to be a keepsake for yourself and your children many years from now so you’re looking for a timeless style. You also know you won’t be up for a lot of planning and stress right after having a baby, so you want someone experienced who will be able to provide excellent service.
My philosophy as a Tallahassee Newborn Photographer has three pillars: Simplicity, Service, Longevity.
There are a variety of styles of newborn photos you’ve seen over the years from very posed to more documentary. A posed style is what you’d think of when imagining Angela from the office’s baby poster. This usually has props and various backdrops. The photos typically feature multiple outfits and colors and objects. While these photos often include family, they are mostly focused on just the baby.
The other side of the spectrum is a lifestyle or documentary photography. These photos are more environmentally focused. They often include nursery details and typically try to portray the family with the baby in their natural habitat. These photos aim to capture the family in their own home to portray a natural representation of what having a newborn is like.
I ascribe to what I’d call Baby Led Posing. These photos take cues from the baby and try to include about an even amount of only baby vs. with the family photos. I use simple neutral colors to help draw the attention of the eye to the baby and their unique features. I pose in simple, natural ways that highlight special qualities of newborn babies without bringing in props or trying to force something the baby is just not into. Poses with family are authentic but in a more clean, crisp environment so the focus remains on the people and emotion and artistry rather than a journalistic representation of the home and family.
I once read a blog post explaining step by step how to have family photos taken. It went something like this: Research locations, plan coordinating outfits, consider what time of day you want, research different styles of photographers, look up various poses, and on and on and on until it got to the part where you apparently hired a photographer and tell them everything you want. Then of course you’ve got to print your own photos, find your own frames, design your own albums, have them printed and shipped, etc.
This is a LOT of work! At this point you might want to just go ahead and take the photos yourself too with the amount of time and effort you’re investing! I’m assuming you have better things to do and that’s why you want to hire a professional! I do all the work of researching locations, times of day, collecting a wardrobe of outfits for you to choose from, arranging a hair and makeup artist to come to your home. I’ve spent years interacting with families to create natural, attractive poses and have learned the ropes of various ways of shooting to create a timeless look. I’ve printed thousands of photos and use only the best companies with high quality products.
My job as your Tallahassee Newborn Photographer is to serve you and your family from beginning to end. Your job is to show up, love on your kids and enjoy the process.
Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine you had a photographer at your wedding and something mysterious happened to them and you never even saw a single image from your wedding day. Then 30 years later, you found out you could buy your wedding photos. How much would you pay for them? What if instead it was your parents wedding photos, no one ever had a single image and then all of a sudden on their 50th anniversary, you find out you can purchase their wedding photos? What if you got newborn photos taken and something mysterious happened and you never got a single picture but then at your child’s high school graduation, someone approaches you and says they have one they can sell to you.
This is obviously bizarre and impossible but it brings up the unique nature of photography as opposed to other typical milestone purchases. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t even take a stroller for free at your high schoolers graduation, but photos are different. Photos increase in value the more time goes by. Not only that, but photos hold value to your children and grandchildren in a way that can’t ever be compared to other investments.
In our modern world, so much of what we buy disappears. You can pay $10.99 for a month of listening ad free on Spotify but after that month, you’re going to have to pay again if you want more tunes. You’re definitely going to drop a couple hundred dollars on a quality carseat/stroller combo, but you’ll be trying to figure out how to get rid of it in just a year because you need a different size and want that valuable garage real estate back.
When I take your photos, I’m aiming for longevity. I don’t use trendy edits or fast fashion clothing. I don’t buy cheap frames or print photos at a low cost. I create images that will still be beautiful and not out of date 30 years from now and frame photos on the kind of paper that will still look brand new 100 years from now.