Tips for Capturing Your Own Hospital and Labor Baby Pictures | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Tips for Capturing Your Own Hospital and Labor Baby Pictures | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Tips for Capturing Your Own Hospital and Labor Baby Pictures | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Although some new parents choose to have a hospital photographer present for labor and delivery, many don’t because it feels intrusive and – let’s face it – you’re not at your best at that time. So you don’t need to hire a hospital photographer to take beautiful photos right there in the hospital. Why not shoot your own mother and baby pictures in the hours before and after you give birth? As baby photography experts in the McLean, VA area, we can offer you some ideas for taking some memorable baby pictures.

While you can take some of the snapshots yourself, we suggest having someone designated to take over as you get closer to the delivery.

Why Not Hire a Professional Hospital Photographer?
Because during some of the most important hours of your lives, doing these intimate pictures yourself offers an emotional component and personal perspective. The pictures might not turn out technically perfect compared to a professional, but they will be so much more reflective of your experience.

There’s always time in the days following the birth for our studio to do professional, fine art newborn portraits for you! In fact, we encourage that to get poignant and special portraits of this wonderful new addition to your family, portraits which will become cherished family heirlooms.

But those hours in the hospital during labor and delivery are your special hours. All you need is a good smartphone or small camera to take a few baby pictures.

Here are some things you might consider shooting for the day:

Details of the Day:
The best baby photography begins before the baby is born! You can start shooting pictures before you leave for the hospital. Capturing the last day or hours of your pregnancy is a bittersweet and exciting time. The details of any important personal event are what add meaning.

To portray those final moments of your nine-month journey, we suggest photographing some key details in the hospital. When you later view them together, you will delight in the story they tell.

Consider capturing these details:
• mom and baby hospital I.D. bracelets
• baby’s hospital crib including the baby’s I.D. card on the crib
• baby’s weight noted somewhere
• baby’s first outfit before they put it on and once they’re wearing it
• your partner and you holding the baby
• your baby’s tiny hands and feet

But you don’t need to stop there. Here are a few more ideas:

Baby Bump:
Don’t forget to get one final picture of that baby bump before you give birth! If you’ve been doing themed-pictures as your belly grew throughout your pregnancy, you can continue. You can do it at home before you leave for the hospital or once you arrive. Either way, have fun with it! It’s your last baby bump picture before your sweet child arrives!

Labor & Delivery Room:
You should take a picture of your hospital room, the labor and delivery room or hospital’s sign. It documents the final stage of your pregnancy while offering visual context to the start of your labor and delivery.

Visitors:
Don’t forget to capture candids with special family and friends when they first meet your child at the hospital! And, yes, selfies can be cute, but do take some individual pictures of first-meetings and focus on their expressions! Don’t forget to have the visitors take snapshots of you and your partner with the baby! It’s the perfect opportunity to hand over the camera or smartphone and let someone besides your or your partner be the photographer.

Leaving the Hospital:
You don’t need to be a celebrity leaving the hospital to be photographed. Ask a nurse or aide to shoot some pictures as you wheel your way toward a new life together as a family. Take candid snapshots of the baby in his/her new carrier and car seat.

Your snapshots will help create a visual story of the final chapter in your pregnancy. You will look at them one day with deep fondness and gratitude for the gift of having those baby pictures.

If you’d like post-hospital, newborn baby pictures with a professional photographer in the McLean, VA area, please contact our studios. We would be happy to do your newborn’s fine art portraits!
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Baby Pictures

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.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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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.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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As an expert in baby photography in the McLean, VA area, Mindy understands the challenges of being a working mom. If you are planning on working outside the home, here are a few tips from her experience as well as a terrific article in Cloudmom.com:

1. Efficiency will be your best friend both at work, where you will want to get things done as efficiently as possible so you can get home, and at home where you want to spend time enjoying your baby when you return home at the end of your day. Prioritizing your work in either location will make life easier and smoother. Do what you can, when you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff and be realistic with your expectations. There isn’t such a thing as a Supermom!

2. You will probably be missing your child far more than she or he is missing you. Babies don’t have the same sense of time that we do. So, while you’re at work watching the clock (while trying to be efficient), they’re elsewhere being a baby and enjoying their day.

3. Practice patience. Be patient with everything, but especially yourself. It will take time to adjust to your new life back at work as a mother. You have to expect a few mistakes and lessons along the way. That’s okay. All moms have “been there, done that” at some point! Remember, again, there’s no such thing as a Supermom!

4. Practice acceptance. Not everything will work out as you planned (or hoped) – such as an unexpected work trip for you or your spouse. Just go with it. Learn to say no, and ask for help when needed. There’s a reason there’s the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

5. Guilt: Feeling guilty for being at work doesn’t help you or your baby, especially if you need that paycheck or want to continue your pre-baby career. Put the guilt aside!

6. Lastly, the most important piece of advice we can offer you as newborn photography experts, and Mindy as a mother, is this: At the end of the day, nothing else matters but your baby and your family. Spend time with your baby when you arrive home. Everything else can wait. They’ll be leaving for college before you realize it!

If you’d like us to do your baby photography, including newborn photography, we would be happy to discuss our work. Our studio is located near the McLean, VA area, and we serve clients throughout the Northern Virginia area.
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer

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.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

View Our Portfolio | Ever After Baby Portraits

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