Is it Worth Getting a Newborn Photoshoot? | Treesdale Newborn Photographers

Is it worth getting a newborn photoshoot? I think this is a question a lot of expecting or new parents may ask themselves when considering hiring a newborn photographer for their new baby.

In this post, I’ll tell you my thoughts and I’ll also share some images from a recent newborn photo session with a sweet baby boy and his family in their home in the Treesdale neighborhood of Pittsburgh!

A baby resting in a caregiver's arms, gazing up with a curious expression.

As a professional newborn photographer, my answer is going to be an obvious “YES! Absolutely!” So I am going to also answer this question as a parent. As a Mom who highly regrets not hiring a photographer for my three newborn babies, my answer is still, “YES! Absolutely!”

I am being completely honest when I tell you that every time I photograph a baby and their family, I get a little sad because I will never have images like that of my own family. It’s one of the reasons I do what I do. I love to provide families with memories of their new baby and family that they will have to cherish forever.

A woman cradling an infant in a cozy knitted outfit.

Anyone I’ve discussed this with has also mentioned regretting not hiring a newborn photographer. For many of them, newborn photo sessions were just not a thing or well-known because their kids are older. But for others, they had one reason or another and wished they had done a newborn photoshoot.

A close-up photo capturing a baby's bare feet cradled gently in an adult's hands, with the baby wearing orange pants.

My babies are now teenagers and let me tell you, the memories begin to fade with every year that they grow older. I honestly can not truly remember how tiny they were in the beginning without having some photos to remind me. I’d also forget all of the adorable expressions they made if I did not have photos of them. When I look at their baby pictures, all of my memories come flooding back.  Your newborn photoshoot will result in a lifetime of memories whenever you look at those images of your tiny new baby.

Baby cradled in adult's arms, looking at the camera.

However, what I do not have are enough images of myself with my new babies. It is so important for me, to get photos of the parents with their new baby. Not only will you cherish these images, but your children will treasure them for their lifetime!

Woman holding a baby with a baby swing in the background.

I believe this saying… But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep. …is so painfully accurate. These babies literally change from day to day in the first weeks and months of their lives! It’s so important to have professional photos while they are still tiny and new!

A baby with a thoughtful expression sitting on a cushioned chair, dressed in a patterned sweater and ochre pants.
A woman sitting in a chair, gently holding and looking at a sleeping baby in a cozy room.
Bare baby feet peeking out from a cozy knit blanket.
Mother cradling a sleeping infant in a cozy room.

So, is newborn photography worth it? I think the majority of my clients would say yes, it is worth it. Have a peek at some of the very kind words my clients have left for me as a Google Review!

A woman sits on a chair, cradling a baby and a small dog, all enjoying a quiet moment together.

“So I’m not one to normally to write reviews but the experience we had with Mary Beth is totally worth it and I would recommend her to anyone looking for pictures that aren’t overly staged and that capture our family and life at face value!

For a family that doesn’t take many pictures she gave us great advice from the start and her pictures were just amazing. I honestly cried over how wonderful her pictures were of our baby and family. She was so helpful through the whole process and I found her work well worth the price. I will definitely be a repeat customer and I can’t wait to work with her again.” -Ashley P.

A smiling woman sitting on a chair, holding a baby and petting a small white dog.
A couple admiring their baby in a crib and then holding the baby together.

“Mary Beth did such an amazing job with our son’s newborn photos. The entire process from start to finish was fantastic and she could not have been better to work with. She came to our house to do an in home newborn session and as first time parents it was so nice to not have to worry about going anywhere. The session was so relaxed and Mary Beth couldn’t have been nicer or more patient if our little guy needed a diaper change or just a break.

We did very little posing and she really just captured us enjoying our little one as well as plenty of just the baby. We couldn’t believe how amazing the photos were – we had so many good ones to choose from! We are so glad we decided to trust Mary Beth with capturing this special time in our lives as we could not have been happier. We will definitely be using her in the future as our family continues to grow and are so grateful to have found a photographer we love!” -Jessica W.

A smiling newborn photographer holding and looking affectionately at a baby in a cozy room.
A smiling newborn photographer holding a baby in a cozy room.

And it was so wonderful to meet and photograph this wonderful family!

An infant sleeping peacefully in a crib while dressed in a beige cardigan and brown pants.

While I think it is worth asking other friends and family members to see what they have to say, I personally believe professional newborn photography is 100% worth it. Let me save you some regrets later in life, just hire the photographer!

If you’re looking for a newborn or baby photographer in Pittsburgh,  please get in touch to inquire about a session! I’d love to plan a photo session for your new baby!

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All images by Mary Beth Miller Photography 

Mary Beth Miller Photography specializes in family and newborn photography in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and many of the surrounding areas. Mary Beth has over fourteen years of experience photographing families, newborns and babies in Pittsburgh including the South Side, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, the North Shore and Northside.   Her style is very relaxed and natural and your family session will feel like a stress-free Sunday afternoon with your family! 

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  • Lindsey

    I agree! Absolutely worth it! You’ll never regret capturing these special fleeting moments!ReplyCancel

  • What a cute baby.  And I love that every photo has a beautiful family member added to it!ReplyCancel

  • Yes!!!  These are absolute treasures!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    This little peanut is so perfect. 100% agree- you can’t get that newborn stage back. ReplyCancel

  • Kathryne

    Such sweet photos to cherish!ReplyCancel

  • Rya Duncklee

    Absolutely worth getting in the pictures! Especially with your babies! Beautiful, clean tones as always!ReplyCancel

Mary Beth Miller Photography


Established in 2009
Family & Newborn Photographer serving the greater Pittsburgh area; Wexford, Mars, Cranberry Twp., and also serving Boardman, Poland, and Canfield, Ohio.

Mary Beth Miller Photography

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Established in 2009
Family & Newborn Photographer serving the greater Pittsburgh area; Wexford, Mars, Cranberry Twp., and also serving Boardman, Poland, and Canfield, Ohio.