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Best Newborn Photographers in Durham, NC

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Durham Newborn Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Wake Forest, NC 27587

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5.0 (239)
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5.0 (41)

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Christy Johnson Photography delivers newborn portraits to the community in Durham. Over the last 13 years, Christy has photographed newborns using her signature neutral tone and soft lighting. Clients have nicknamed her "The Baby Whisperer". She keeps the comfort and safety of babies a priority as she establishes time for soothing and feeding. She furnishes headbands, bonnets, wraps, and blankets at her studio and sometimes accommodates shoots at clients' homes. She has been featured on the Parents magazine cover in France.

404 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511

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5.0 (81)
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5.0 (22)

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Laura Karoline Photography provides newborn, baby, and maternity photography services to clients in the Raleigh metro area. This company offers various packages that clients can decide upon based on the type and scale of their needs. It conducts studio newborn sessions in Laura's studio space located in downtown Cary, and also offers lifestyle newborn sessions in the client's home. Clients also receive access to props and outfits that they can use on their baby. Laura Karoline Photography has over ten years of experience photographing newborns.

Durham, NC 27712

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5.0 (26)
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5.0 (1)

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Rosa Ashdown Photography is a newborn photography studio based in Durham. The studio's owner and photographer specializes in photographing newborns, capturing their unique, tiny features as well as special moments with their parents. Aside from newborn photography, Rosa Ashdown Photography also offers baby, child, and family photography sessions. She also takes memorable photographs of pregnant mothers. Rosa is passionate about documenting precious family moments for her clients to treasure.

168 Tyner Loop Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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5.0 (12)
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5.0 (6)

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Five Feathers Photography is a portrait studio based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, and family photography sessions in its natural light studio, a local park, the client's home or a location of the client's choice. The business also offers milestone, breastfeeding, cake smash, and child portraiture services. Sessions make minimal use of posing and props and keep the focus on the children being photographed. The studio also offers a studio wardrobe for clients' use.

Durham, NC 27712

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5.0 (2)

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Heidi Joy Photography is located in Durham, NC and specializes in newborn and baby, children, and family photography. Photographer Heidi Leekley has been taking pictures for many years, has worked as the newborn photographer for the Labor and Delivery Unit at Duke Hospital, and is a member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers.

Raleigh, NC 27613

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5.0 (3)

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Season Moore Photography is located in Durham, NC and serves clients across the Triangle area. Photographer Season Moore specializes in photographing newborns, babies, children, and families, and offers headshots. Moore was voted Best Family Photographer in 2009 on ParentsConnect.com, and her work was on the cover of the 2009/2010 issue of Premier Baby and Child Magazine.

Cary, NC 27513

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5.0 (107)
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5.0 (24)

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Zoe Zen Photography is located in Cary, NC, We specialize in Maternity and Newborn sessions with different natural backgrounds for an outdoor and beautiful backdrop for indoor, along with a mixture of modern style and candid shots. Photographer Zoe Clark has photographed over 380 couples and families since founding the company in 2007. Clients love her high quality work, beautiful art pieces and how personal and gentle she is with the babies and kids.

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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Kathleen Hunter Photography is located in Chapel Hill, NC, and specializes in family, fine art, and commercial photography. In addition to offering photography services, Hunter sells fine art postcards created from pictures she takes during her travels.

Durham, NC 27713

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G. Lin Photography specializes in maternity and newborn photography in Durham and offers in-home and outdoor sessions. Photographer Genevieve Fu has a background in media production and has worked with major companies such as Microsoft. She works directly with parents to incorporate desired props but primarily focuses on using the natural surroundings to capture genuine moments rather than stiff poses. G. Lin Photography received the 2019 Best of Durham award and is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.

Cary, NC 27518

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5.0 (42)
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5.0 (17)

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Michelle McClafferty Photography serves clients in the Raleigh, NC Triangle area specializing in newborn, baby, and child fine art photography. In addition to being a photographer, Michelle McClafferty is an experienced birth doula which led her to specialize in photographing newborns under two weeks old. Sessions are held in her studio in Cary, NC or on-location per client request.

Wake Forest, NC 27519

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5.0 (7)

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Kim O’Brien Photography is based in Wake Forest, NC, and specializes in fine art portraiture of family, children and babies, and high school seniors. O’Brien has been taking pictures since she was eight years old and has worked as a creative director and designer. Kim O’Brien Photography won a Best of Cary award in 2015, 2016, 2018 & 2019.

Morrisville, NC 27560

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Cari Long Photography is a boutique studio in Morrisville, NC specializing in maternity, newborns, baby, children, family, and high school senior photography. The photographer is available for photo shoots in the Morrisville studio or other locations selected by clients such as outdoors and at client homes.

Durham, NC 27701

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5.0 (7)

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Gretchen Mathison Photography serves clients in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, and Hillsborough, NC. Mathison specializes in candid portraiture of babies, children, and families. Sessions are available on-location or in the design studio in Durham, NC. Mathison is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.

Compare our Top Newborn Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Christy Johnson Photography
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Laura Karoline Photography
404 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
Rosa Ashdown Photography
Durham, NC 27712
Five Feathers Photography
168 Tyner Loop Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Heidi Joy Photography
Durham, NC 27712
Season Moore Photography
Raleigh, NC 27613
Zoe Zen Photography
Cary, NC 27513
Kathleen Hunter Photography
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
G. Lin Photography
Durham, NC 27713
Michelle McClafferty Photography
Cary, NC 27518
Kim O’Brien Photography
Wake Forest, NC 27519
Cari Long Photography
Morrisville, NC 27560
Gretchen Mathison Photography
Durham, NC 27701

FAQs

  • Introduction

    Newborn photographers have the skills and knowledge to create enchanting photographs while ensuring the baby’s safety. They’re comfortable holding newborns and setting up captivating poses with care. They understand what’s comfortable for the infant and how various positions will photograph. 

    Props and unusual poses are often a part of newborn photography. Some newborn photographers specialize in creating unique and fascinating photographs.

    However, those methods aren’t essential for capturing a beautiful, engaging photo of your baby. Simplicity, skill, and experience can work wonders. A discussion with potential baby photographers and a review of their portfolio can help new parents choose the newborn photographer that best meets their needs.
  • When is the best time to schedule my newborn session?

    Newborn photography session scheduling can be challenging. Parents have a very narrow window after the baby arrives to secure those time-sensitive photos. But babies don’t arrive on schedule. So, it’s best to find a newborn photographer well in advance of your due date. Be sure they're flexible and available in the weeks prior to and after that date.

  • How soon should you have your newborn photo shoot after birth?

    Newborns are easily identifiable by their size and the tight fetal position they had in the womb. But they don’t maintain those curly poses for long. So, it’s important to have their photo shoot a few days after birth. Try not to wait over two weeks post-childbirth if you want the brand-new infant image for your photos.

  • How long does a newborn shoot typically last?

    The length of a newborn shoot varies. But expect it to take at least two hours, possibly three to four hours. The infant’s comfort and safety are the priority. Little ones are unpredictable, and the photographer might need to wait until Baby has been lulled to sleep. Plus, the infant will probably need to be fed and changed during the shoot.

  • How much does newborn photography typically cost?

    On average, professional newborn photographers charge between $100 and $300 per hour, and the photo shoot can easily take up to four hours. Those fees should include the digital images. Parents will pay separately to have them printed. Other photographers charge flat fees per session or per number of photographs. Most of these services start at $100 or higher.

  • Why do you photograph babies between 5-14 days old?

     A productive photo shoot is difficult with newborns younger than five days. They’re hungry and restless, as they’re not yet familiar with being outside the womb. Wait about five to seven days when they’re on a somewhat reliable feeding schedule and sleepy and relaxed for longer periods of time. But waiting longer than two weeks risks losing that familiar newborn look.