Human history has been told over the eons through pictures and stories. Nowadays, instead of cave drawings, we have photography. The “times of our lives,” including pregnancy and new parenthood, can be told now and in the coming years by using the services of a professional photographer.
Many years ago a famous celebrity celebrated her advanced pregnancy on a famous magazine cover. Since then mothers-to-be have been recording this life milestone much as they would their weddings, graduations and holidays, and family photographers have expanded their scope of work to include gorgeous portraits of the family awaiting their impending arrival. The old black and white ultrasound pictures on the refrigerator have given way to strikingly delightful images of the expectant mother in the full bloom of pregnancy, at times actually holding the ultrasound photograph. There is also the popular option of featuring both parents together, in various adoring poses.
Baby photographers also offer packages to document the first year of your little one’s life. During each photo session your photographer will capture your child’s rapid development in delightfully staged vignettes of your liking. You can opt for a fully staged prop-filled keepsake, or a more classic, simple look. Consider posing your baby in a wheelbarrow surrounded by flowerpots and perhaps a trowel if your family is into gardening. Or, how about a future ballerina wearing a tutu, sitting next to a pair of silky pink ballet flats?
Then, instead of these precious moments being left in your camera or put away in a drawer somewhere, the pictures can be uploaded to a photo-sharing site, featured on your Facebook page, installed in a digital frame or even mailed to friends and family.
When choosing a professional photographer, it is important to confirm he or she has experience in working with infants. They will know how to prop your little one amongst the flowers or other piece of stagecraft in a manner that will avoid injury or unhappiness. Certainly, it helps if they know just how much excitement baby can handle before running out of energy and patience. The best photographers will be able to advise you on keeping your child’s other activities on picture day very low key (doctor’s appointments or lots of errands can cause crankiness and tears).
Another advantage to hiring professionals is that if any touchups or other modifications are necessary to achieve that perfect shot, these talented photographers have the skills and know-how.
So, don’t let these precious moments slip by. Let a maternity and baby photographer help you capture them. Your loved ones will thank you for it.
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