Why Hire a Professional Newborn Photographer? | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Why Hire a Professional Newborn Photographer? | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Why Hire a Professional Newborn Photographer? | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

As experienced professionals in family and newborn photography in the McLean, VA area, we’d like to make a case for why you should hire an experienced newborn photographer.

We hope you would select us as we’d love to work with you and your baby! However, if you don’t choose us, please be sure to select another reputable and experienced professional with reliable references.

Fine art baby photography is far more than a financial investment. It is an opportunity to masterfully and beautifully capture your baby’s portrait to cherish for generations to come.

Safety:
When you have newborn or baby portraits done, you are entrusting your child into the hands of, let’s face it, someone who’s likely a stranger unless you’ve worked with them in the past. A photographer will pose and handle your baby and use heavy equipment around them. It’s critical that they know what they are doing and how to do it safely and correctly. They should know how to handle newborns and how to ensure that any equipment in their vicinity is well secured. We realize that everyone needs to start somewhere (we certainly did) but the ideal newborn photographer is well trained and you’re not their first newborn portrait session!

Experience:
Experience matters when it comes to infant and newborn photography, as we’ve said. The more experienced a photographer is with photography and babies, the better the outcomes. Working with big and little humans is a dynamic process, and the technology around photography is always evolving. So, unless you know the photographer very well and have full confidence in their ability to handle your baby, you don’t want to be their first newborn portrait session.

Investment:
Fine art photography is an investment, both financially and emotionally. This means that you usually get what you pay for. When you are taking the time to invest in fine art baby photography, pay for the best you can afford. Do not select a photographer without first doing some research into their background, their style, and their reputation as a newborn or baby photographer. You shouldn’t hesitate to ask for references.

Pricing:
Most photographers set their prices based on several factors including their education, level of skill, equipment, insurance, business overhead costs including license, taxes, post-production editing including hardware and software, and services offered. When you select a newborn photographer, you are picking someone who’s likely factored all of this into their pricing. They will also need to factor in their profit margins to make a living. Please note that pricing doesn’t always equal quality. It’s not unheard of to have a mediocre photographer overcharging and a fabulous one undercharging. One thing you do want to see, however, is full transparency when it comes to their rates. There shouldn’t be any hidden fees and they, like us, should be willing to answer all of your questions before you hire them.

We hope you will call on us for your baby or newborn photography needs in the McLean, VA area! Our specialty is capturing today’s moments to create tomorrow’s memories.

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Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near McLean, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

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Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Photography Tips: How to Capture Great Party Pictures of Your Children! | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Are you ready to take spectacular pictures at your child’s next party? As a long-time baby photographer in the Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA areas, we can offer you some tips to help. It’s not easy to photograph children – let alone ones in constant motion at a party!

For the best pictures, make sure you have a designated photographer. Their sole job at the party is to take pictures. Here are five tips to help you (or them) out:

Shoot on Auto:
Unless you’re an experienced photographer, set your digital camera to “auto” and shoot away. If you have photography experience, you can set your camera to “manual” and adjust as needed. We usually recommend “auto” unless you’ve had plenty of experience doing action shots among busy little bees (otherwise known as children on sugar)!

Event Photography Plan:
Think ahead of the type of shots you’ll want out of the party. Do you plan on framing any pictures? Creating an album? Knowing what you hope to accomplish with the pictures can help guide your shots. (If you’re concerned about taking pictures of young children without parental permission, you might want to give them an advance head’s up and make sure they’re comfortable with it.)

Angles and Perspectives:
A common mistake amateur photographers make is their angle of the shot. With pictures of kids, be sure to take some of your shots down at their height, at their eye level. As a newborn photographer, we have found that it’s important to think out of the box when it comes to the angle of your shots. You’ll want to shoot some pictures from low to high (lay down on the floor if you must and aim up toward the subject or subjects) and shoot others from high to low (stand safely on a chair or step ladder). Get creative in your angles!

Details Make the Shot:
The interest lies in the party’s details! Before your first guests arrive, take some shots of the cake, invitation (if it’s printed), decorations, presents, and even the guests arriving at the party. Don’t forget the special boy or girl!

Once the party is up and running, remember to zoom in and shoot some candid close-ups of the children having fun, eating, and interacting. Keep in mind that taking great candids means some level of anticipation as to what’s about to happen. You’ll need to be fast and nimble when shooting at a child’s party! However, if a child ever seems uncomfortable with being photographed, back off. There’s no need to insist on taking a picture of a child if they’re clearly not comfortable.

With a little practice, you’ll find yourself getting better and better when it comes to taking children’s pictures. As a baby photographer, we’ve improved greatly from our earliest days working here in the Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA area. We only have our determination, a lot of practice, and our clients to thank for our success!
 

 

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Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near the Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA areas in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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The Ideal Third Trimester Checklist | Northern VA Maternity Photographer

We recently came across an interesting checklist, and it got us thinking as a Waterford, VA newborn photographer. Given that we work with so many women in their third trimester of pregnancy for their maternity portraits, we thought a Third Trimester Checklist could be quite handy!

Nursery:
• Wash and organize baby clothes.
• Stock up on frequently used items such as diapers and wipes.
• Organize nursery, keeping frequently used items like diapers and wipes close at hand.
• Make any purchases you’ll need when baby arrives if you haven’t received them from your registry.
• Make sure you know how to use a breast pump.

Around the house:
• Baby-proof the house – even if a walking toddler is still a long way off.
• Prepare and freeze meals for those early days home from the hospital.
• A good cleaning of your home is always a good idea to get ahead of what’s to come.
• Consider purchasing non-toxic cleaning products and gentle laundry detergent.

Pregnancy-Related:
• Do you know various routes to the hospital in case of traffic?
• Have you signed up for maternity and parenting classes?
• Have you spoken with your health insurance about the covering of your delivery and hospital stay?
• Have you tried on and purchased nursing bras?
• Pack a hospital bag and include any necessities such as toiletries and nursing bras and pads.
• Download helpful apps such as for breastfeeding, timing contractions. Don’t forget a GPS map!

Practical Matters:
• Select a pediatrician after asking around for recommendations.
• Write and send your thank-you notes for baby gifts.
• Pick out birth announcements. (Your maternity and newborn photographer can help you with this!)
• Practice installing a baby car seat. (This could take a few tries!)
• Practice opening and closing a stroller if you’re unfamiliar with it. (This, too, can take a few tries.)
• As a baby photographer, (of course) we suggest doing your maternity portraits in your last trimester, between 32 weeks and 36 weeks!
• Schedule your newborn portraits.
• Speak to your attorney about a will and selecting guardians.
• Consider child care options and begin visiting sites or interviewing caregivers.
• Do you know good baby sitters experienced with newborns for date nights in the first months?

As a Waterford, VA newborn photographer working with both maternity and newborn photography clients, we always encourage our clients to plan for tomorrow but enjoy today. Motherhood will be one of the most glorious times of your life!
 

 

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Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near the Waterford, VA area in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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When Rami and Helenka contacted us to share their happy news and ask us to be their maternity and baby photographer, we were thrilled! After all, they had previously chosen us to do their wedding portraits. We were excited to do little Mya’s newborn portraits at our photography studio near the Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA area.

Magical number three!
Family means everything to us as a mother and daughter photography team. We loved the opportunity to capture three significant milestones for one family.

Baby Mya’s arrival transformed this charming and fun-loving couple into a family of three. As a newborn photographer, it would be our third portrait session for Rami and Helenka following their wedding and maternity portraits. We were excited that they once again chose us! Of course, you could say that we had already sort-of “met” Mya. Having done her beautiful mother’s last trimester maternity portraits, we met Mya while she was still in-utero!

Photographing Mya:
This sweet child was a doll for her newborn portraits as you can see by her portraits. She was just days old, still quite sleepy and curled up. She was easy to pose and work with at our warm studio, specially prepared for newborn pictures. No sign of a prima donna in her!

We prefer to take newborn portraits during the first seven days of a baby’s life. They are still at their most “newborn” selves, sleepy and curled up, so they’re easy to pose and photograph.

As a baby photographer with both indoor and outdoor studios near Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA, we’d love to hear from you for any of your family’s milestones. We specialize in family fine art photography. More than that, we specialize in our clients and capturing their memories and moments!
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team near the Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA areas in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Ever After is a mother-daughter Northern VA Newborn photographer team who specialize in relationship photography — we love photographing the ones you love —  children, family,  baby and newborn portraits.

 

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