Family Photographer in San Diego
San Diego Family Photographer
Back to main blog posts
I am a newborn, maternity, and family photographer based in San Diego, California. The secret recipe to my family artwork is natural light, beautiful pastel colors, and candid emotions. It is an honor to be your personal storyteller and I cannot wait to share all the meaningful connections on my blog.
I'm SARAH Nguyen
That sums up how I felt when I had an endless list of photographers to select from. I was just looking for a wedding photographer…I never knew there were that many local professional photographers.
I can also imagine that it’s probably the same for parents searching for a professional newborn photographer or the best newborn photographer.
Let’s say you searched for “newborn photographer in San Diego”, I guarantee there will be a long list. Warning, you may experience overload fatigue (it’s when you have too many options & you become indecisive). As a result, end up closing your laptop.
Whether you’re an experienced parent or a first-time parent, I’m here to share the 9 best tips to consider when you’re stuck and unable to figure out which newborn photographer to work with. This guide will help guide you to the right newborn photographer, especially if you are first-time parents.
The list can be overwhelming, but the last thing you want to do is go with the photographer that shows up first on your Google search. Here’s why:
Just like how everyone has a favorite music genre for those long car rides, there’s also a photographer for every family. The photographer that ranks #1 on your google search may specialist in a style of newborn photography that doesn’t match your aesthetics or style.
The purpose of this blog is to help you find a photographer that’s best for you.
For the sake of simplicity, I narrowed it down to 2 criteria so you don’t feel overloaded with all the types of photography editing styles. I recommend using the formula below:
Your Style = Editing Style + Newborn Posing Style
The first thing to consider is the photographer’s overall editing style. Since you’re keeping these images for a long time, you need to make sure you love that style.
Below is a simplified list of styles I’ve seen these past years:
You’re probably wondering what style my photography portraits fall into. This is my recipe:
SNP = light & airy + lifestyle newborn session
It’s good to ask your friends about their experience with their photographer. A good friend will always give you good tips & advice. If none of your friends invested in newborn photos and you’re the first in your circle to do so, I just wanted to say I’m proud of you!
Skip to the next tip if you don’t have any friend referrals or recommendations.
However, keep your options open. Don’t settle just yet.
Besides googling “newborn photographer in San Diego” or whatever city you reside in, I would check the reviews (both the good and bad ones). As a small business owner myself, a bad review is probably something I’m not proud of, but let’s be real, it can happen to any business.
If the photographer you’re interested in has a bad review, it would be good to see how he or she responds to the review (there is a response option for every review made).
I once saw a restaurant on Yelp with a single bad review and the business owner’s response wasn’t the nicest. What I usually look for is an apology of some sort and how they intend to address or resolve the issue itself (if needed).
However, please don’t let one bad review from 3 years ago ruin a chance to work with the photographer. Check how recent the incident was. If the majority of the most recent reviews were 5 stars this year, there’s a high chance they’re not that bad.
I feel like this applies to any situation and I find myself doing this a lot when I search for a new place to eat in San Diego.
Sometimes, when there are 10 sushi restaurants with 4.5+ ratings and within a 20-mile radius, it doesn’t help filter out which one you should go to. If distance is what matters most to you, then obviously go for the closest sushi restaurant. However, with a San Diego newborn photographer search, you have to dive deeper.
Potential red flags:
Communication is the key to any collaboration/relationship, including a photo shoot. As a San Diego newborn photographer, these are a list of things I do to ensure that communication is crystal clear for my clients:
FYI….I love talking to my clients over the phone during their initial consultation. It’s the fastest way for me to answer their important questions and be able to portray my comfort level and confidence level. Most of the time, I’m speaking to moms and our conversations sound like we’re friends or just a meaningful girl talk.
As a newborn photographer in San Diego, your baby’s safety is my priority. This is to protect my clients, their newborn, their families, and of course myself and my own family. I just made the tone of this blog post sound very serious, but I mean it.
Sometimes people forget that a brand-new baby is very fragile and they’re still building their immune system. The tiny details matter, I can’t emphasize that enough.
The following situations may or may not occur:
Precautionary steps I take to prioritize safety:
What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?
No matter how long the name of your order is, you know that your craving will be satisfied when you step into any Starbucks franchise. Why is that?
The same concept applies to photography. You want to work with a photographer that delivers beautiful photos and work is consistent with their website’s portfolio.
As a photographer, these are the things I do to keep track of all of my clients and stay on top of my schedule:
This may be something you should look for when you work with a newborn photographer. In most cases, experienced photographers have their systems and workflow down.
I hate it when I pay for a service and the salesperson is extra nice to me at the beginning to “lure” me into the service. After he/she has taken my money, I feel abandoned and that same person stops being extra nice.
There are many photographers in a single city that offer newborn portraiture, but in my personal preference, what makes them all different from each other is their customer service, it needs to be consistent. The overall service (not just the initial service) is what differentiates them from each other and makes that person the right photographer for your baby.
Designed by Designs by Josephine