Questions for your Maternity and Newborn Photographer Right Now – Dallas Maternity Photographer
Maternity and Newborn Photographers are all in a very unique position right now. This entire month, I have discussed concerns, rescheduled portrait sessions and have made many studio changes. Our clients are in a time-sensitive situation. There is a small window open for portraits for both sessions.
I have had the same questions pop up over and over again and I wanted to provide some important questions (and answers) you should be asking your maternity and newborn photographers right now.
What Questions to ask your Maternity and Newborn Photographer??
This newborn session was photographed March 1st. We were so excited to work with Michelle Greaves, a former Dallas Cheerleader, her husband and her new little baby girl. Follow Michelle on Instagram!
First, make sure to ask “can we postpone?”
For 90% of clients, yes! We can absolutely reschedule – in fact, it shouldn’t really make much of a difference. Most of my clients are scheduled around 30 weeks for their maternity shoot – this has been done because we anticipate possible complications near the end of pregnancy. But for this situation, it has worked to our benefit! We have time to postpone.
Maternity shoots should be around 30-34 weeks but can absolutely be done up to your due date! I had a client last year, an entire week PAST her due date!
Ask your photographer if you can simply reschedule. Hope for the best and certainly discuss options if the “Shelter in Place” continues.
Second, ask “what happens if we miss the window?”
Most photographers should be quite lenient during this time. Ask what your options are if the shoot doesn’t happen. We are offering our clients several options depending on their needs such as a future milestone session or alternative compensations.
Luckily, with maternity shoots, you might have a good 10 weeks before the window is missed – so don’t stress!
With newborn shoots, your window is much tighter. But even still, “newborn” images can still be obtained even up to around 6 weeks or more of age – especially with proper planning between client and photographer.
Third, ask what measures are in place to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Especially with Maternity and Newborn Photographers, you are working with clients with elevated medical needs. Precautions must be taken to protect the health and safety of your clients!
If you are looking to work with a “cheaper” or “hobbyist” photographer, it might be a good time to reconsider and choose to work with a professional. Yes, you’ll spend more money, but it’ll give you peace of mind making sure your baby is in the hands of an expert.
We have a commercial studio space which has been invaluable for controlling germs coming in and out. All surfaces are sanitized before and after each session. Washable blankets, wraps and rompers are washed before and after each session. Gloves and masks (when available) are worn during shoots to minimize transferring germs.
Right now, the “shelter in place” orders are prohibiting sessions from being done but once sessions become normal again, most of these studio practices will be kept in place for the protection of our clients.
Photographers: be reasonable with your clients. Be understanding and listen to their concerns and fears. They are all doing what is best for their child.
Parents: be patient with your photographers. They are dealing with every client right now. Clients booked for next month are contacting us with concerns and we are working on getting everyone taken care of.
We are still booking clients right now and would love to work with you, capturing your pregnancy and little baby. Please click the link below to contact our studio for details.