Most newborn and baby Photographers, including myself, keep reminding our clients to book their sessions way ahead of time – best during your last trimester. What’s the reason for this? Why bother booking early when you can always book last minute?
What most clients do not realize is that our work as Photographers do not only begin and end on the day of the session that you reserved. Our work actually starts by the time you have secured your booking and only partially ends by the time your gallery has been delivered.
Once your booking has been confirmed, I already start planning for your session. My sessions involve a number of props, and because my services are done in-home, I usually have to anticipate how I can still do beautifully styled sessions even while working in small spaces in clients’ homes. Prior each session, I test setups that I can use, and do it over and over again until I am satisfied to make sure that on the day of the session styling in limited spaces is one less thing I have to think about.
Booking early also gives me time to prepare everything that will be needed for your session. It provides me some time to order or make any other prop that I would be needing based on your color preference. Yes, some props used for your sessions are lovingly handmade by me. All these I do in between editing and shooting sessions for other clients.
To add to that, securing your date early also ensures that you have a spot reserved for you once the baby arrives. Know that I can only accept a limited number of sessions a month and spots easily get filled weeks in advance. Non-shooting days are dedicated to other tasks such as editing of images from other sessions, preparing galleries, and even washing those delicate newborn props that were used in previous sessions. Booking a newborn session requires a lot more work than you think so I limit the number sessions I accept to ensure that I can still deliver galleries on time.
You may be worried that your selected session date may in turn be too early or too late in case your baby was born a few weeks early or has to spend some time in NICU. Do not fret as, upon booking, we will reserve a time frame for you and finalize your schedule once the baby has arrived.
I understand that sometimes life happens and you may have been too busy with work, your pregnancy, kids, and other tasks and booking a session is the last thing on your mind. If you happen to have stumbled upon my page and your baby has already been born, please do not hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my best to squeeze you in my schedule.