Human history has been told over the eons through stories and pictures. Today, instead of cave drawings, we have photography. The “times of our lives,” including pregnancy and new parenthood, can be told now and in the years to come by hiring a professional photographer.
Many years ago a certain movie star celebrated her advanced pregnancy on a famous magazine cover. In the years since mothers-to-be have been recording this very important milestone much as they would their weddings, graduations and holidays, and family photographers have broadened their scope of work to include stunning portraits of the family members awaiting their impending arrival. The old ultrasound black and white snaps on the refrigerator have given way to stunningly beautiful images of the expectant mother in the full bloom of pregnancy, sometimes actually holding the ultrasound photo. There is also the romantic option of featuring both mom and dad together, in a variety of adoring poses.
Baby photographers also offer packages to record the first year of your little one’s life. During each photo session photographers will capture your child’s rapid growth 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 flowers and perhaps a trowel if you love gardening. Or, how about a future dancer wearing a tutu, sitting next to a pair of silky pink ballet flats?
Then, rather than these precious moments being left in your camera or put away in a drawer, 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 grandparents.
When selecting a photographer, it is important to confirm he or she has experience working with babies. They will know how to prop your child amongst the flowers or other piece of stagecraft in a manner that will avoid injuries 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 baby’s other activities on picture day very low key (doctor’s appointments or lots of errands can result in crankiness and tears).
Another benefit to hiring professionals is that if any touchups or other tweaks are necessary to achieve that perfect shot, these gifted photographers possess the skills and know-how.
So, don’t let these treasured 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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