How to pitch having a baby photography session to your other half

Make 2018 the year to capture your family photographs. If you REALLY want to have an in-home or on-location newborn, baby or family shoot but have a reluctant partner, here are a few ways of convincing them... :)

Now, it's invariably mummies that seek me out and make a booking for a newborn or baby photography shoot, so I'll refer to 'him' in this post, but this is equally applicable if you have a camera shy wife!!

First of all, find his happy space...pour him a glass of wine, make a nice dinner...butter him up a little so he's more receptive to your suggestion. Hey, it all helps, right? And needs must! If you broach the subject while he's watching rugby or working then he'll be far too distracted.

BABY PHOTOGRAPHY | 6 WAYS TO CONVINCE A RELUCTANT OTHER HALF

YOU WANT SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST IPHONE PHOTOS

The old adage is true, tempus fugit, and no more so than when you have your hands full with little ones and a growing family. BUT, if you don't take action the years will slip away and before you know if you'll have only those on your iPhone

YOU WANT TO BE IN THE FRAME

You need to be IN the pictures. If you're serious about capturing memories for your children as they grow up, then you need to be present IN the photographs and not always behind the iPhone. That's the images that they'll want to see. If he hates photographs of himself, then I'd challenge you that he's just never had a good photograph taken.

EXPLAIN THAT YOU HAVE OPTIONS

Newborn and baby photography has come a long way since the 80's (where personally I feel it all went a bit odd). You no longer have to strip your baby off and pose him to within an inch of his life - you have OPTIONS. Documentary, lifestyle or traditional...no matter where you sit on the scale, you'll be able to find the right photographer for you. My style of baby photography for instance, is natural and lifestyle based. Find out more about the differences between baby photography styles by reading my article about the different styles of photography available to you

KNOW THAT BABY PHOTOGRAPHY IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

If you're married already, you presumably would have hired a photographer to capture the memories for you. So I ask you this...is having a baby any less of a significant moment in your lives? If anything, I'd argue it's MORE monumental. Yes, the urgency is not the same because it's not just one day of your lives, but think of it as one of your duties as a parent to preserve these memories for your children.

SHOW HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO YOU

Obvious really, but you tell him how much it means! He won't know unless you tell him.

HINT!!

Mother's day this year falls on 11th March, what more perfect present could there be than beautiful, lasting photographs of your time as a new family? Why not drop some hints to your other half or send him a link to this page - he may surprise you with a newborn or baby photography voucher or even book the session himself. If that happens, my work is done :)

I hope you've found this useful, if you have any questions regarding a newborn photography or baby photography in the Surrey area then I'd be delighted to hear from you at hello@lucydownphotography.co.uk or by completing my contact form.

While you're here, why not also sign up below for details of my 2018 Surrey mini sessions which I will be offering exclusively to existing clients and my lovely website subscribers.

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