Gettysburg newborn baby photographer- Stacey Gillin Photography » Gettysburg newborn photographer

What’s the best thing about being a wedding AND newborn photographer?!? Getting to be a couple’s newborn photographer after being their wedding photographer of course. I live for those e-mails a year or 2 after a wedding! Shannon and Ricky were one of my 2014 wedding couples, and their wedding was incredible! Super fun couple, so sweet and easy going! I definitely did a little happy dance when Shannon e-mailed me less than a year after they got married to let me know they were expecting. Five more months flew by and before I knew it I had their beautiful baby boy in my studio, who was an absolute perfect mix of both of them! He was a great sleeper, and if I recall correctly he never even woke up to eat. Pretty much a newborn photographer’s dream. Congratulations Shannon and Ricky- what a beautiful boy he is!

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Stacey Gillin is a Gettysburg PA maternity, newborn, baby, and wedding photographer who provides photography services for Gettysburg PA, Hanover PA, Mechanicsburg PA, Harrisburg PA, York PA, Dover PA, Carlisle PA, Frederick MD, Gaithersburg MD, Westminster MD, Manchester MD, Hagerstown MD, and everywhere around and in between! While newborn photography is her specialty, she also photographs families, weddings, and children of all ages! Contact her at staceygillinphotography@gmail.com or by phone at 717-253-8360.

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This beautiful family already had an awesome photographer, but newborn photography isn’t really her thing, so I was so glad when I was recommended and they chose to schedule their newborn session with me! Just from the short amount of time that I spent with Charles and Tara, I can tell they are incredible people who are definitely going places in life (check it out!), and they have a perfect little girl to join them for the ride! It was so easy to tell how smitten they are with baby Elysia, and who couldn’t be with those beautiful curls and that sweet face! She was such a sleepy girl and let me pose her easily. Rockstar baby!

Here are a few of my many favorites from their newborn session!

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Stacey Gillin is a Gettysburg PA maternity, newborn, baby, and wedding photographer who provides photography services for Gettysburg PA, Hanover PA, Mechanicsburg PA, Harrisburg PA, York PA, Dover PA, Carlisle PA, Frederick MD, Gaithersburg MD, Westminster MD, Manchester MD, Hagerstown MD, and everywhere around and in between! While newborn photography is her specialty, she also photographs families, weddings, and children of all ages! Contact her at staceygillinphotography@gmail.com or by phone at 717-253-8360.

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{This is an old blog post from ages ago, but I thought it was time to bring it back}

 

Here’s a question I saw in my newsfeed recently: Why are photographers who specialize in newborn photography so much more expensive than say, Picture People or Portrait Innovations? They basically do the same thing….right?

Hmmmmm….

Is the “photographer” at Picture People going to spend 2-4 hours with you in an 80-85 degree studio, perfecting every shot, soothing and rocking your baby to sleep themselves, urging you to take this time to rest (take a nap if you wish!), and then laugh when your baby pees in their lap 3 times, or when they happen to CATCH your baby’s poo in their hand in order to save the setup that they have very carefully selected just for you? After your session is over, are they going to spend hours retouching each image, correcting baby acne, smoothing skin, and taking the purplish tint out of a hand or foot with poor circulation (very common in newborns!)?

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The answer is no, in case you aren’t positive. Chain studios rely on business volume to survive, scheduling very short back to back sessions, and luring you in with $7.99 portrait packages. Some of their employees may be actual photographers who are working to make extra money, but the majority of them are only trained on how to use the camera (which often does not, or is unable to leave the tripod that it is mounted on). Their editing might involve slapping a terrible vignette on a few photos, and turning a couple to sepia or a muddy black and white. The employees simply aren’t given the creative freedom or tools to do more than that. Many of these places are now closing rapidly, by the way. Check out Sears Portrait Studios and Walmart’s PictureMe Studios. They are closed.

The worth of a newborn photographer goes even further beyond what we do during the average session, to the crazy amount of money that we put into props, the hours that we spend editing each session, to the time and money that we invest into continuously improving ourselves. For those of us who run a legitimate business, roughly 30-40% of every dollar that comes in goes to taxes (the joys of being a small business owner!), and a great portion of what we have left is what goes to pay for insurance, education, props, equipment, marketing, and the list goes on. After all of that, don’t we deserve to bring in an actual salary, just like any person with a career should?

Not everyone has it in their budget to choose a custom newborn photographer because yes, it is expensive. Mall chain studios are there for those who can’t afford to pay a whole lot, or for those whose lifestyle demands a quick walk in and walk out appointment. Just make sure that you educate yourself on what to expect. I promise you that if you can swing it, you will get so much more out of booking a professional custom photographer!

 

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This beautiful baby girl was absolutely perfect for her newborn session, and her name matched her beauty! She had beautiful creamy skin, lovely strawberry-blonde hair, and looooong eyelashes. Just to give you an idea of how easy she was, most newborn sessions are about 2.5 hours, and I am pretty sure we came in at just under 2 hours. And that included several family poses, which turned out to be some of my favorite ever. Her parents drove from York, PA and were super sweet to boot, and I cannot wait to work with all of them again in the future! Enjoy a few of my favorites from her newborn session.

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Stacey Gillin is a Gettysburg PA maternity, newborn, baby, and wedding photographer who provides photography services for Gettysburg PA, Hanover PA, Mechanicsburg PA, Harrisburg PA, York PA, Dover PA, Carlisle PA, Frederick MD, Gaithersburg MD, Westminster MD, Manchester MD, Hagerstown MD, and everywhere around and in between! While newborn photography is her specialty, she also photographs families, weddings, and children of all ages! Contact her at staceygillinphotography@gmail.com or by phone at 717-253-8360.

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You guys….this baby was a rockstar. While I normally book newborns well in advance, he was a little bit of a last minute booking and was already over 2 weeks old for his newborn session when his parents brought him to me all the way from Eldersburg, MD. Every newborn photographer will tell you something different when asked what the optimal age is for a newborn session, and I firmly believe that is because there really is no definite. I’ve gone through periods when I tried to schedule for as early as possible, phases where I avoided 10-12 days like the plague because of the dreaded “10 day growth spurt”, and then decided for a while that 10-14 days was awesome. Now…I look at the calendar for a rough estimate of how old baby will be on the days that I have open after they are born, but there is no hard and fast age rule any more for me! It ALL depends on the baby, and I think we can agree that ALL babies are different! Grayson was one of those babies who went into every pose like a champ, slept the whole time, woke to eat, and went back to sleep, all while being *gasp*, over 2 weeks old! Every baby who comes through my studio doors is amazing and beautiful, and I want to keep them all (if only it weren’t weird to ask parents to leave them with me for just a LITTLE while more, hehe). But newborn photography can be HARD, so it is a treat to have one of these super easy going babies once in a while.

Congratulations mom and dad, he is an amazing little guy. You know that though 😉

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Stacey Gillin is a Gettysburg PA maternity, newborn, baby, and wedding photographer who provides photography services for Gettysburg PA, Hanover PA, Mechanicsburg PA, Harrisburg PA, York PA, Dover PA, Carlisle PA, Frederick MD, Gaithersburg MD, Westminster MD, Manchester MD, Hagerstown MD, and everywhere around and in between! While newborn photography is her specialty, she also photographs families, weddings, and children of all ages! Contact her at staceygillinphotography@gmail.com or by phone at 717-253-8360.

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