Baby Photography – Tips & Tricks from the Professionals
Baby photography is a perfect memento for new parents who want to capture their bundle of joy within those precious first weeks. Photo’s of our children are always going to be treasured, but as we’ve become an increasingly visual society there’s been a rise in new parents wanting to share those perfect pictures of their new born with friends and family. Of course as a photographer, getting to spend hours on end with a cute and cuddly bundle of joy can be a true career highlight. Especially when you know it means so much to the family.Allowing you to hone your craft with your clients and a more still subject matter, baby photography is definitely a great option for those who are just starting their careers. As baby photography is a hot niche to add to your portfolio, we’ve asked some of the current experts in baby photography to share their tips and tricks so that you’re fully prepared for these tiny humans.
Not only is this probably the first time that the baby has been in front of camera, but it may also be the first time that the parents have taken part in a studio shoot, so it’s essential you discuss your expectations of the photo shoot so that they feel at ease when they arrive. “Let them know that the room will be very warm to keep the baby comfortable, and advise for them to keep baby awake for longer periods of time before arriving so that they are more likely to nap during the session. And of course don’t forget to ask them the bring extra nappies, milk and any other essentials.” – Valentina at Photograface
As you’re handling very young babies and panicking parents, it’s important that you stay calm and relaxed throughout the session. Babies are very attuned to picking up on our emotions, so if you’re stressed and flapping about they will become agitated. “Be patient and take your time – my sessions are on average 4 hours. This gives me plenty of time for feeding and settling. Most people think newborns just sleep and sleep, this is not the case! I only schedule one newborn session per day so that I do not have to rush and take as long as I need to get my clients a beautiful gallery.” – Samira at CapturedbySamira .
Know Your Poses
Just like with any other shoot you will need to make sure you have researched the style of photography the parents are looking for, and consult with them prior to the shoot taking place. Creating a mood board and sending it across before hand can help the parents get a good idea of the final outcome they should expect. “Plan the session in advance. Know which poses you are going to do and prep the studio accordingly. Aim for minimal fuss and handling in between each pose to help keep the baby calm.” – Karen Wiltshire of KW Photography.
Invest in a Few Tools
As a photographer you will no doubt be used to investing in all the gear and gadgets for your craft, and the same goes for when you’re working with children. Long lenses and hand puppets will become unlikely allies in your bid for those picture perfect moments. “I use a white noise tool or a ‘baby shusher’ to calm the baby while posing. This provides a rhythmic sound, reminding the baby of being inside the womb. It creates noises that are very calming and I use it on every newborn I photograph.” – Georgina Humphrey from Bundles of Joy Photography.