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Chronicling the journey of your little bundle of joy is often the best way to live those memories years later. However, very often, parents don't have photos of their kids as newborns. They are so busy playing parents and tending to their tiny ones, they hardly have the time or energy to keep the camera ready for those timeless shots. That's probably the most important reason to hire a Tacoma newborn photographer than going DIY. However, that's not the only reason.

1. Newborn photography takes a lot more than skill

Photographing a newborn isn't just about getting the lighting right or using simple backgrounds. You have to be really patient with newborns in order to get the perfect shot. A professional newborn photographer would have the necessary experience to get the right shots from newborns. He would not only be good with the camera, but also with your little ones too; which means he would be able to change the baby's position while he is sleeping, and conduct the shoot in the safest, most convenient manner possible.

2. You can be in the photos too

Even if you find the energy to go DIY with newborn photography, only the mother or the father can be in the frame with the kid. Yes, there is self-timer and all such techniques, but self-timers rarely get you good pictures. Hiring a professional lets you get those family photos in, not to mention the use of some interesting props too.

3. It is once in a lifetime opportunity, literally

Your kid will be so little only once in his lifetime. He will give you those cute, curled poses only during this time. In fact, newborn photoshoots should be done before the baby is more than 2 weeks old. Once that 2 week threshold is exceeded, your baby stops being so flexible, or getting that deep sleep. Moreover, chances of baby acne or skin peeling become greater after 2 weeks. You really want to make the most of this short period of time, and that's where hiring a Tacoma newborn photographer becomes important.

How to hire the right pro

1. Don't just look at online portfolio

Online portfolios can be a great starting point to shortlist potential newborn photographers. However, don't trust online portfolios alone. Some unscrupulous so-called professionals put up images from their workshop, or even steal photos from others. Stealing photos online isn't so difficult anymore, given the abundance of baby photos on social media platforms. Once you shortlist photographers, ask them for their most recent work. To be doubly sure, ask for references of their most recent clients. Contact a couple just to get feedback.

2. Match the style

Some photographers work with props, while others choose to go the simplistic route. Similarly, while some are good at candid shoots, others are better with poses and following a story approach. When you go through a portfolio of a photographer, see that the style matches the ideas in your head. You want your ethos to match, otherwise it's going to be a waste of time and money.

3. Make sure they can come to you

Taking all the props you need to a studio for newborn photography can be tough. It is always better if your Tacoma newborn photographer can come to your place for the shoot. Not only is it a lot easier, but it also opens up a lot of possibilities, since everything is handily available.

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