You’ve heard it time and again, “cherish the time when they’re young; it goes by so fast!” What better way to do that than with photographs? We interviewed Anika Fatouros of A. Fatouros Photography to get answers to common questions parents have about newborn photography.
What are important things for parents to consider when selecting a newborn photographer?
The most important thing, in my opinion, that parents should consider is the baby’s safety. No image is worth putting a newborn baby in harm’s way. Many popular newborn poses are composites, which means the poses are safely performed with the help of an assistant and/or parent, and then the images are merged together during the editing process.
I think parents should also consider the photographer’s portfolio. When you look at the work on their website, it should be consistent. Their online portfolio is a great indication of what you can expect of your final images. Not every newborn photographer shoots with props or shoots in a studio (there are some who shoot mainly lifestyle photos). Knowing the style of the photographer in advance will help set realistic expectations of the shoot.
Are you able to accommodate specific requests for set ups?
Yes, to an extent. If a parent wishes to bring a family heirloom, or other special memento, I will incorporate it into the shoot (it is appreciated if the family lets me know in advance so I can plan how to best showcase the item). If there is a specific prop that a family would like, I will invite them to my studio to look at what I have. I will not replicate the work of another photographer, but can use it as inspiration for a set up adding my own spin to the set up.
Are you able to include older siblings and family members in our session?
Absolutely! Older siblings and grandparents are always welcome.
How long do your sessions typically last? Where do they take place?
Sessions typically last 2.5-3 hours and take place in my in-home studio located in Ossining.
What happens if baby is born early?
During booking, your due date goes into my calendar. But, no need to worry! Just give me a call or send me an email and I will have your session scheduled within the first 10 days of life.