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Portland Oregon Birth & Newborn Photographer | 8 Reasons To Hire a Professional Photographer

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 Ever wonder why you should hire a Professional Photographer

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your friend or family?

As a Portland Oregon Birth & Newborn, my favorite thing to photograph is expecting Mamas, newborns, births, and capturing families with their new baby. Here are some of my top reasons and justifications for hiring a professional newborn photographer.

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  1. They are only this tiny once!

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I know you’ve heard it a million times before, but your tiny little newborn will grow so quickly!! In a blink of an eye your sleepy baby will be transformed into a wobbly toddler and then into a running child. Years from now you will hold the photos from your newborn session in your hands and be able to re-live the emotion of holding your child in your arms for the first time. You’ll pull out those photos and be amazed at how big your child has grown. You are truly capturing a fleeting moment in time.

2. A glimpse in time.

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The beautiful, curled up sleepy newborn photos that you see are taken within the first 4-12 days after birth.  You have a limited time frame to get these photos taken and you don’t want to be searching for someone who may or may not have availability during the days just after your child is born. My advice is to hire a professional photographer before you deliver so you won’t waste any of those fleeting moments with your new baby. This way when your baby is sleeping you aren’t searching the internet for a photographer, you can actually sleep as well. You can thank me later. I would recommend having your photographer in place before you reach 32 weeks in your pregnancy, just in case you deliver early. If you are looking for a birth photographer booking early is KEY. Most photographers only book a limited number of births each month, so the sooner you book the better!

3.  Safety!

You won’t want to hand your sweet new baby over to just anyone, and you should make sure your photographer is trained and knowledgable in newborn safety.  Professional Newborn photographers are familiar with exactly how to hold babies safely, when and how to pose babies, and more importantly, how not to pose your baby. We are trained to treat babies safely and respectfully. No photo is more important than the safety of a baby! If you have certain poses in mind ask your photographer before hand if they have done it before and if they know how to do it safely. Ask them if they have an assistant who does spotting or if they do composite images during the editing process. Most professional photographers will take several photos and merge them into a composite to achieve certain poses. Not all photographers do all poses, so ask before you book.

4. Equipment

These days, most people have DSLR cameras. However, most of my clients will admit to me that they turn their camera to auto and let their camera do the work. Modern cameras can take great images on auto, but things can go very wrong too, especially with bad hospital lighting and red baby skin. This can result in dark images, blurry images or over exposed images. Your photographer will know how to use their equipment and will have manual control over their camera. They will be choosing their ISO, shutter speed and f-stop to ensure the image is well exposed. They will know their equipment in and out to get the best possible image of your little one. They will also have professional grade lenses and lighting to help capture tiny details that regular lenses won’t catch.

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5. Editing

Photographers carefully re-touch your images. We use products like photoshop and lightroom to ensure that your images are properly exposed, the colors are perfect and the image is polished to a professional level. I always aim to get the best possible photo straight from my camera, but every image can be enhanced through editing, especially newborn photos. Lots of babies have red feet and hands or may have yellow skin from being jaundiced. Most babies have peeling and flaky skin, baby acne, or scratches from their nails. Some babies even have bruising as a result of a difficult delivery. A professional photographer will know exactly how to edit your images to get you wall-worthy images of your sweet little one. Every photographer has their own unique editing style.

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6. Details

Your photographer will pay close attention to the details. With newborn photography, babies are posed right down to the position of their hands and lips. Blankets are smoothed out. Fabrics are ironed. Background clutter is removed. The time of day and babies’ feeding schedule are taken into consideration. The temperature and ambiance of the room is carefully planned. Every part of the image and your session is carefully planned to ensure that you get the best images possible. There are certain variables that a professional photographer knows how to manipulate to help ensure an easier and more successful session. You also get to access a professional photographers prop collection and won’t have to worry about purchasing your own props.

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8. Budget

I mention this last because, in my opinion, it isn’t the first thing that should be considered when hiring a photographer.  You should definitely search for a photographer that fits with your budget, but don’t make that the only reason you hire someone in particular. This is an investment and something that can’t be redone at a later time.  Consider your budget, but also consider the photographer who will make your investment worthwhile.  A photographer who charges very little may not have the ability to provide you with the type of photos you’ll want to proudly view time and time again. You also have to take into consideration quality vs. quantity. Do you want 150 mediocre images or 40 images that take your breath away?

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The journey to motherhood comes with a lot of milestones and changes! As both a mom and a photographer, I cannot stress enough how important it is to document these stages along the way. You will never look back and regret that you took the time to get portraits of your child, only that you didn’t. Especially from birth to two years, I recommend getting portraits done every 3-6 months because changes happen so fast!! After that I recommend, at the minimum, a yearly portrait of your child and your family!

Masha Georgiev Photography is one of the most sought out photographers in Los Angeles. If you are interested in booking a shoot with Masha Georgiev Photography or would just like more information please contact Masha.

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Portland Oregon Birth Photographer | 15 Tips by Trimester for First-time Pregnant Moms

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As a Portland Birth Photographer I wanted to share somethings that I get asked a lot! What to expect when you are pregnant? While that is a hard question to answer, here is a good attempt:

The countdown is on – the final days are here! I’ve nested, prepped, packed, organized, re-organized, and been thinking and reflecting a lot. Over the last 40 weeks (and even some time before that) I received a lot of advice about being pregnant – some good, some terrible – but thought I would pay forward some of the most useful tidbits. So, here goes!

15 Tips for first-time pregnant moms

First Trimester

1. Find the right care provider for you.  Just because you’ve been going to the same OB for the last 10 years doesn’t mean they are a good fit for you and your baby. For us, we found great midwives and a hypnobirthing coach. They have made this whole experience 10,000 times better than I ever could have imagined. So, explore your options… and don’t feel guilty about it!

2. Don’t read pregnancy books (or internet discussion boards) that cause you anxiety. Sorry, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but you are kind of scary. And Google? You are way too quick to lead me to believe that there is something majorly wrong with the little cramp I just felt “down there.” There is such a thing as too much information, and it’s really hard to avoid but… try to stay away. If you really think something is wrong, call your care provider before trying to self-diagnose.

3. Buy a nightlight for your bathroom. During the first and third trimesters I’ve spent more time peeing in the middle of the night than I can count; the overhead light in the bathroom was too jarring and I found it hard enough to navigate my way there without stepping on the dog, any of his toys, or walking into the wall half asleep. That little beacon of light coming from the bathroom has saved me many times… best five dollars I’ve spent!

4. Go easy on the maternity clothes. I mean, maternity pants are kind of amazing and I never want to wear anything with a normal waistband again but… save some money this trimester. Pick up very few essentials that you really need (for me, it was a pair of black maternity slacks and a new bra) and wear the hell out of them until you have a better idea of how your body is changing as you go.

5. Find your support system. Find family, friends, a new mom group, La Leche League, whatever works for you! Make a point to stay engaged, ask questions, and meet new moms. Having the support as you go through pregnancy and beyond is invaluable. As one of the midwives at the birthing center said, “When you grow babies together, you form lifelong friendships.” Truth!

Second Trimester

6. Go away – no, really! Whatever it is that will help you relax – time away with your partner, your friends, or just you… make a point to get away and enjoy it.

7. Cross major items off your to-do list. Get the nursery set, finish projects around the house, and tie up loose ends before third trimester exhaustion creeps up.

8. Take a childbirth class and learn about your rights as a patient and parent. The more you know, the better off you and your baby are during birthing and beyond. Decide what type of birth experience you want to have, learn everything you can about the procedures in place where you’re birthing (from what you can do during labor, what tools do they have available to help you, to what their procedures are for the baby after birth including tests, vaccines, etc.) and then decide if it’s a good fit for your family.

9. Sleep a lot (and write down your crazy dreams). Sleeping was one of my favorite parts of the second trimester – for me, I was still sleeping comfortably and wasn’t peeing as often as I was during the first or third trimester. And those crazy pregnancy dreams? Write them down and share them with people (if they aren’t too weird) because they are hilarious.

10. Back to those maternity clothes. It’s probably time to expand your wardrobe – see what you can borrow from friends or find second-hand; save your money to buy a really cute outfit for your shower or maternity photo shoot if you’re doing one. Other than the hand-me-downs I received, my go-to shopping spots for a few necessities (which I’ve worn to death) included the clearance racks at Macy’s, Target, and Kohl’s.

11. Start looking for a Maternity and Newborn Photographer. It’s probably time to start indulging in your glow. Your pregnant and you want the world to know! Finding a professional Maternity / Newborn Photographer is a worthy investment and requires some time and research. But don't overwhelm yourself. Call and speak with the photographer you have your eye on, and see if you click. Chemistry is very important. Also make sure he or she practices Newborn Photography safely. Make a list of who you like and don't like. Sleep on it. When you are ready, make the call! It is important to book early to ensure a smooth photo session and secure your booking.

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12. Everything is harder on your body so celebrate the small victories – and ask for help. Honestly, I didn’t even feel that pregnant (other than my bout with morning sickness) until I hit the third trimester. All of a sudden everything was harder and I needed help with things… I hateasking for help. My low point came at the end of a long day at work when I found that I could not comfortably reach down to unclasp my sandals; I decided my small victory for the day was getting them on in the first place, and then sucked it up and asked my husband to reverse-Cinderella the shoes off my feet.

13. Time to BOOK that Photographer! Now that you have had some time to sleep on it, it's time to BOOK! Booking a Maternity or Newborn photographer should be done as early as possible. Many photographers offer "Belly to Baby" packages. These offer the most value because you are capturing the glow of your pregnancy, and your newborn baby all in one. Your session should take place between 30-36 weeks, so booking 2-3 months in advance should be sufficient. And your Newborn session should be done when the baby is 6-14 days old. But that's not a rule! Remember, professional photographers are an investment, and as those little tiny toes grow into huge feet, you will see that it's a worthy one!

14. Savor the time your baby is in your belly… it’s almost over! I have felt nothing but amazement every time I feel the baby move (OK, and a little bit of discomfort during those kicks and punches to the cervix) or wake up and see that my belly has grown. It’s just SO cool! As excited as I am to meet the little guy or girl, I’m a bit sad that pregnancy is almost over. Baby is safe and always with you when they’re in your belly. It’s a special time – so take every opportunity you can to soak it in.

15. Put a waterproof pad underneath your fitted sheet. Your body will continue to do things that are out of your control, and you will appreciate the waterproof pad saving your bedding if your boobs leak/you pee yourself/your water breaks at night/etc. at any given point in time from here on out. After baby comes, use it for any and all of the inevitable messes you’ll be dealing with.

16. Stock up! It’s helped me mentally prepare for a big change knowing that I have easy-to-eat-with-one-hand meals in the freezer, ready to go, and that I’ve stocked the house with necessities and recommendations from friends like:

  • Post-birth goodies: chux pads, maxi pads (yes, like the ones you used in middle school), mesh underwear (the least sexy underwear you’ll ever put on, or so I hear), Preparation-H wipes (in case that happens, again)
  • Baby essentials: diapers, wipes, shampoo, gentle laundry detergent, clothes
  • Kitchen goods: paper towels, dish soap, napkins, dried & canned goods
  • Bathroom supplies: toilet paper, shampoo, soap
  • Other important stuff: bottles of wine, cheese, updated netflix queue for middle-of-the-night feedings

17. Make a wishlist – plenty of people (family and friends, near and far) will ask what they can help with. Be ready with an answer (or two). Don’t be afraid to take someone up on their offer of walking the dog, throwing in a load of laundry, or even picking up a few things for you at the store. People want to help, but sometimes don’t know what to do so… help them help you and be ready with that wishlist!

If nothing else… enjoy every minute of your pregnancy – the easy days and the hard ones. This is just the beginning of a fantastic journey so keep a journal, take pictures, and savor it.

What did I miss? I know there’s more great advice out there from moms and mom-to-bes! Leave your advice in the comments!

 

Source: 15 Tips by Trimester for First-time Pregnant Moms