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Newborn Photography vs. Hospital Photography Services :: Knoxville, TN Newborn Photographer

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Let me paint a picture for you…

  • You’re swollen from pregnancy
  • You look like you’ve been run over by a mack truck after 6+ hours of labor
  • You’re even more swollen from IV fluids
  • You’re exhausted, and extremely emotional (yay, hormones!)
  • And you JUST met your tiny little person for the first time – You’re in love, yes!  But you’re also overwhelmed…and it’s likely showing on your face a little…

I don’t know about you, but I definitely wasn’t up for “family photos” right after either of my children were born.  While I DO want to remember that day, and every single moment of it, I would rather do that through documentary birth photography that can tell the full story, than have an unfamiliar hospital photographer come in for all of 10 minutes to photograph me and my family after little to no sleep out of context.  But documentary birth photography is not everybody’s style or budget, so there’s the traditionally thought of newborn photographer, whom you might call to photograph your sweet newborn within a couple weeks after birth.  Why would you want to go this route?  Scroll below for a list of some great reasons!

Either way, here’s a few reasons to WAIT to have your newborn photos taken:

  • You can schedule a photo session on your own time, rather than the hurried time of a hospital photographer.
  • You can choose a photographer based on the style you like, not what you’re given.
  • The lighting will be better!  No ugly hospital lighting!
  • You will have had a chance to get a little more beauty sleep!
  • Babies sometimes have jaundice for a few days after birth, making their skin and eyes yellow – this will have had time to subside after a week or so.
  • Nursing your baby will have become a little easier by this point, and be able to recognize your baby’s cues.
  • Baby’s skin will look more even after a few days.
  • Your baby will hopefully have “unfolded” and returned to their birth weight within a week or two.
  • Instead of only TEN minutes with a hospital photographer, you will have at least 1 to 2 hours with a newborn photographer, who will be able to work around you and your baby’s needs, and having plenty of time to photograph your baby, and her new family!
  • Usually, a traditional newborn photographer is able to do “on-location”, which just means a location of your choice, including your home if you’d like!  How convenient is that!  She will have a workflow in mind, working with the whole family first (in case there’s a sibling involved that may have a shorter attention span), then both parents and individual parents, and then baby by himself.  You will get SO many more photo options!  Plus, you will be able to relax in your own environment, with your own snacks, your own bathroom, and maybe even take a little nap while your photographer is working with your husband and baby!

Hospital photographers are NOT bad!  In fact, I think they do a great job with the environment they’re given!  But they pull on your heart strings by taking photos and telling you you don’t have to buy them if you don’t want to…but who in their right mind, would turn down first photos of their baby?  So, in your highly emotional state, you end up buying them and not being able to invest in a better experience!

By all means, if you are able to afford all the photographers (the documentary birth photographer, the hospital photographer, and the traditional newborn photographer), then document EVERYTHING!  🙂  BUT…If you are having to make a choice between one or the other, please consider declining hospital photography services, and hiring a photographer that you choose according to your style!  I promise it will be worth the wait and the investment!  😉

If you are interested in booking a newborn session (whether that be a Fresh 48 session, Studio session, or In-Home Newborn session), then fill out the form below, and we would love to get in touch with you and answer any questions you may have!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I am a Knoxville-based photographer, specializing in maternity, newborn, and baby photography. And I love the family photography that I get to do as your family grows! I want to make sure these times in your life are remembered fondly for YEARS to come!


Feel free to browse the blog for session examples, location examples, or even to answer some of your frequently asked questions! And if you don't see what you're looking for, please reach out! I would love to answer any questions you have. I'm so excited to meet you and your little crew, and can't wait to learn about what makes those genuine smiles come to life!



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