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Best Newborn Photographers in Dayton

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Ashley Meyer Photography

848 East Franklin Street, Centerville, OH 45459
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  • Birth Photography
  • Maternity
  • Family Portraits

Business Description

Ashley Meyer Photography offers studio and on-location photography services in Dayton and the surrounding communities. With over 11 years of experience, its owner photographer, Ashley Meyer, specializes in photographing newborns, children, and families. For each session, she uses props like hats, wraps, blankets, and hairbands with vintage or rustic themes and occasional floral or natural accents. Ashley is a member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers and has training and certification in the safe handling of newborns.

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Dorothy Beam Photography

400 Linden Ave Studio 235, Dayton, OH 45403
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Dorothy Beam Photography focuses on taking newborn and maternity photographs as well as pictures of children and families. During newborn photo sessions, clients can choose color schemes and props or leave those decisions up to the photographer. Maternity sessions involve a fashion consultation and professional hair and makeup services. Edited digital pictures are available, as are packages with features such as Facebook cover images and leather albums. Dorothy Beam also handles personal brand photography for entrepreneurs.

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Kendra Seiter Photography

Trenton, OH 45067
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Kendra Seiter Photography has been handling newborn photo shoots in Trenton for five years. Aside from newborns, the studio also photographs babies, children, maternity, families, and weddings, and optional design work for cards, albums books, and canvases is also available. The photographer has had extensive education and training including The Magic of Childhood with Shalonda Chaddock and Snapshots to Art: Transforming the Everyday with Mickie DeVries.

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Lindsay Nicole Photography

Xenia, OH
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We specialize in newborn sessions that are simple, timeless and authentic in our laid back, cozy, natural light studio (always stocked with coffee and carbs!). Our studio is fully stocked with new moms and babies in mind. We have all of the essentials for parents to use while visiting us. We also offer a beautifully curated studio wardrobe for new moms to take the guesswork out of session styling. Sessions last up to 2.5 hours and include digital images as well as a keepsake album. Birth sessions are also available, and the owner is a member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers. Clients can also book maternity sessions, baby milestones and family portraits. The photographer uses only natural light, focuses on details and connection, and aims for the perfect candid shots.

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Winter Freire Photography

Washington Township, OH 45458
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Winter Freire Photography is a Washington Township newborn photography studio with 20 years of experience. The studio uses natural light and offers a two-hour session with props in-studio or at the parents' home. Winter Freire captures those sweet moments for unique and timeless memories and also offers a portrait planning guide, consultation, and boutique wardrobe for moms and siblings. Maternity, baby, children, boudoir, and motherhood portraits are also available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Where can you buy newborn photography props?

Common props such as hats, headbands, bows, blankets, wraps, baskets, bowls, and holiday items are accessible at most large retail stores and e-commerce sites. More unusual props — stork sacks, small prop instruments, hammocks, movie props, and superhero outfits — can be purchased on Amazon, Etsy, in craft stores, garage sales, and flea markets. Relatives, friends, co-workers, and neighbors are also likely sources. 

Can you have your newborn photo shoot at home?

In-home newborn photo shoots are common. Some photographers even prefer it. Parents and their babies are comfortable and more relaxed in a familiar setting. But the photographer may want to first check for sufficient light in the home to ensure professional results. It’s best to discuss these requests before hiring a newborn photographer.

How do I prepare as a photographer for a newborn photo shoot?

Let the parents know exactly what to expect. If you’re doing an in-home shoot, visit the home before the session to assess lighting and potential areas for the shoot. Eat beforehand and clear enough time on your schedule in case the session goes long. Use a checklist for supplies and pack your gear the night before. Wear comfortable clothing. And be open to inspiration.

What materials should a photographer bring to a shoot for a newborn?

A backup camera and lenses are a good idea. You should also download a white noise app or soothing music to use during the shoot. These distractions help drown out camera shutter sounds that can startle Baby. Pack props, pillows, and blankets, and a newborn posing beanbag is a popular option, as well. Don’t forget your camera stand and lights.

How do I prep clients for a newborn shoot?

Let them know what to expect before the shoot. Give them a handout or link to your website for helpful tips and information. You should have a page dedicated to this. When they arrive at your studio or you get to their home, take time to make sure everyone feels comfortable. Answer questions they may have before beginning the shoot.  

Should a photographer use flash for a newborn photo shoot?

In newborn photography, safety is paramount. While it's not likely to harm the infant's vision, pop-up flash photography is not recommended. Ambient lighting is usually a better option. You can use natural light, modulated indoor light, and white studio lights. If flash photography is necessary, use low light external flashes and bounce them off a wall or ceiling.

How could someone practice newborn photography without a baby?

Start by getting used to being around babies, holding them, and noticing how parents handle their newborns. Turn to friends and relatives with babies and watch videos of newborns. You’ll be far more comfortable when you photograph your newborn subjects. Studying, photography classes, and working as a photographer’s assistant or apprentice can also help prepare you.

What is a marketing idea for a newborn baby photography?

Newborn photographers have an extremely specific target audience. So, focus your marketing efforts on expectant parents in the places they frequent. Offline, consider advertising with businesses who have the same audience, like prenatal care providers, retailers who sell baby clothes and supplies, and publications that focus on pregnancy and babies. Create a website to spotlight your work, and use online marketing to attract traffic.

Where can a photographer learn about newborn safety prior to the shoot?

Turn to hospitals, prenatal clinics, and businesses that cater to expectant parents. They are likely to have many resources and references you can follow up on to learn about newborn safety.

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