Choosing the right Phoenix newborn photographer / AZ Baby Photographer


April 12, 2021

Choosing the right Phoenix newborn photographer can be an overwhelming task when you don’t know where to start. There are things to consider and questions to ask when booking your session. The internet is full of choices. The sky is the limit. I highly recommend  trying to figure out what style you are drawn to the most. The two different newborn photography styles to consider are posed and lifestyle newborn photography.

What is the difference between posed newborn photography and lifestyle newborn photography? The goal of lifestyle photography is to capture a subject in a non-intrusive, natural and real-life way in the comfort of your own home. It takes a newborn and their family exactly as they are – without expectations. I love being able to capture raw emotions and interactions that would otherwise be lost in a studio setting. I have you snuggle up and hold your newborn as you naturally would. I have you cuddle up alongside your significant other and document the way you two look at the little human you so beautifully created. Lifestyle photography is a chance for you to embrace how much love you have for your newborn and capture sweet, candid moments with them.  Specializing in posed newborn photography, I have discovered my passion combining the lifestyle photography approach with simple newborn poses. This allows me to provide you individual portraits of your little bundle of joy in a beautiful and creative way. Whether it’s your master bedroom, nursery, or living room, it is my vision to provide a meaningful setting that is uniquely yours. Alternatively, you can opt to have your newborn portraits taken at a photography studio of your choice.

Phoenix newborn photographer : Image of a baby with dog

Phoenix newborn photographer : Image of baby with toddler

When searching for a newborn photographer, pricing seems to be the number one question that comes to mind upon inquiring. Imagine yourself in the market for a new pair of pants. What criteria is most important to you? Is it the price tag first and foremost, or is it important how they make you feel when you wear them? It should be no different when deciding on a newborn photographer. There are photographers with very limited experience and hobbyists who offer photography services on the side. Professional photographers are registered, licensed and insured. Professional photographers are trained to safely handle your precious little angel. They further know the ins and outs of using professional photography equipment no matter the setting and light source.

Phoenix baby photographer : image of baby on bed

Each client has different values. I only book a limited number of sessions each month to allow for excellent client service. I highly believe in quality over quantity. Every shoot is customized to my client’s wishes and I invest a great amount of time getting to know you and what you envision for your shoot. Whether we meet on Zoom or at a local coffee shop, this is the time to get all of your questions answered.  I believe it’s less a blind date meeting the photographer ahead of your photo shoot. This allows for you to feel a lot more comfortable in front of the camera which is especially important when photographing intimate genres.

Phoenix baby photographer : closeup image of sleeping baby

If you happen to like multiple photographers I would urge you to read up on reviews on Google and/or Yelp. Are they recent reviews? Did the photographer just receive a star rating or did the client spend time to write a lenghty paragraph about his/her experience?

*** I am offering maternity and newborn photography services in Arizona. I am located in Chandler, Arizona. Please reach out if you feel we are a great match. If you like my work, please be sure to show your support by liking my page on Facebook and following me on Instagram Instagram. Thank you.***


  1. Stacey says:

    I love this post, love how you brought buying the right pair of jeans because I completely agree. If it doesn’t fit me or isn’t right I won’t feel good, I ultimately look at the quality and not the price tag. Great post!

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      Thanks, Stacey. Hopefully this blog post will be helpful to anyone looking for a newborn photographer in the Phoenix area;)

  2. Nina says:

    Yes to this blog post a million times! It’s so important to love the photographers style, these are once in a lifestyle photos so you have to make sure you love the photographers work!

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      I’m with ya. There are certain occasions you don’t get to repeat (e.g. a wedding), so it’s important to make sure you hire a photographer you can trust!

  3. Tiffany says:

    This is so helpful! I love how you compare the shopping experience to buying new pants. We all have different value systems and it’s important to know what to look for in a photographer! And gorgeous images as always!

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