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Why does a Newborn Session Cost So Much?

Why does a Newborn Session Cost So Much?

When I was recently asked “Why does a newborn session cost so much?” I was glad to explain and went into quite a bit of detail explaining why. Surely many of you maybe wondering the exact same thing but just haven’t asked.

First off, I more than anyone understand the expenses that come with a new baby (I have five children), we all have budgets. Please do not hire a newborn photographer solely based on price;  careful consideration should be given when hiring your newborn photographer. Does the photographer that you are hiring have training in newborn safety and soothing techniques? Do they have the knowledge on how to handle and safely pose a brand new baby that is just days old? After all they will be handling your precious baby therefore this is a very important question. What is their background and experience? Do they attend workshops and continue their education, what is their training, how many newborns have they photographed? Are they legitimately in business or is this a hobby?

Back to why does a newborn session cost so much and breaking it down. There is so much more than meets the eye when you really dig into a photographers business.

The workshops and training can be very costly, one two day workshop can cost at a minimum of $1900.00, not including travel. One to one mentoring can cost triple that. Equipment (multiple cameras, lenses, backdrops, lighting, computer and software). Another large expense are the wonderful props, yes, all those cute hats, headbands, outfits, wraps and blankets are quite expensive. For example, some hats cost $50.+, a beanbag fabric drop can cost between $35.-$75. One complete newborn bucket setup can cost anywhere between $300-$500; an average newborn session has 5 or more set ups (buckets, baskets, beanbag).

Before and after your session come hours spent setting up and cleaning. After each session there is cleanup, all the props and outfits used are cleaned, washed and sanitized.

The hours spent hand editing your beautiful images, the ordering of prints and flash drives. The cost of insurance, do they have a studio and all the overhead that comes with it? The expense of the nanny to watch my children while I’m with yours… I am sure there are many other expenses as well that I haven’t even touched on.

Again I LOVE what I do.

I absolutely love doing what I do. It brings me joy to capture these first fleeting moments that only happen once. Please choose wisely, and remember a newborn is only a newborn once; each and every photograph tells a story, they tell your story. That photograph will never age and it is something you will have to look back on and to cherish forever. Please don’t dwell on the newborn session cost when choosing your photographer.

I would love to have the opportunity to capture your memories; to me nothing is more fulfilling than capturing a moment, an expression or an emotion that is at the core of a relationship. I love documenting those special moments. I simply love what I do. Many thanks for your interest in my work and I hope to one day touch your heart with images of your beautiful children and family.

In conclusion, I hope this article answered or at least opened your minds a little as to why a newborn session cost is what it is.  ~ Melissa

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The gorgeous outfits used during this session were hand made by Pooks and Lulu and The Fox & Heron

The absolutely precious doll used was hand made by Tildonia Dolls by Olga Storozhuk, these little loves are hand made and are absolutely prefect.

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  • N Wiening - These newborn images are sensational. I just love your natural and pure style. A style that will last a life time!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Everson - She is gorgeous!!! Love all the different poses you got!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kandi - Such great points! You are worth every penny you charge!ReplyCancel

  • Lara - What sweet photos. Ensuring your photographer has been trained in newborn safety is everything!! I would be willing to bet a low cost photographer has not invested in safety training. This plus the ability to freeze time and have these images forever really gives value to these images.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Wagner - great points! your words convey the truth- training in safety is so important!!!! beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Oh I love those photos!! And I love that you’ve taken the time to put together this to help educate others on why newborn photography is priced what it is. <3ReplyCancel

  • Ann Jessup - Brilliant post! There is so much more that goes into newborn photography than most people realize!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - This is a really great post. It’s so important for new parents to think about other things involved with a newborn session, not just how much it is going to cost. Your work is beautiful. Every image proves just how much you’re worth!ReplyCancel

  • Milana Photography - You’re absolutely right! Even though you love what you do, you have to charge what you are worth. And you are priceless! Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Baotran - I love all the points you bring up! Newborn photography is such an investment and having a trained professional is so important!ReplyCancel

  • Candy Hoehn - This post is perfect! I couldn’t have explained it better myself!ReplyCancel

  • casey - So many costs you never think about when first getting into this.. Its still one of the greatest jobs out there!! Beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Nataly - Great post! Your photos are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Allen - Great perspective on the value of a professional. With these images you are worth it. They are priceless!ReplyCancel

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