Taking pictures of babies can prove to be nerve-wrecking if you are not used to it. Babies are especially different from other stages in human life in that they do not understand human commands, yet. Newborns even tend to sleep and just fidgets around without opening their eyes much, because they are still adapting from warm, comfortable dark environment in their mother’s womb.
If you are worried with how and where to start with your first newborn baby photography, we have several tips to kick you off ready for it.
Give parents a helping hand.
Surely, parents job are to take care of their babies, but that does not make you a bystander when your clients are fuzzling about. Even more so when parents are having their first babies, you need to give even more attention and maybe share a little experience with how first times sure can be a challenge. You can help with wiping up mess, assuring them that you are taking baby pictures so it is alright and always have your own baby wipes ready.
Types of Photography
Typically there’s the posed, candid and lifestyle photographs widely known that can be used on newborn baby photography. Depending on your clients request you will do either one of them or combine all of them.
It is almost a mandatory to have posed babies pictures, it’s like every parents want. There are many baby poses you can find online or come up with your own. Since newborns typically sleep more if they are fed before the photography sessions, moving them into certian positions can be easy, but some poses may proof to be a little bit of a challenge. For example, you may need your assistant help or the parents to hold the head straight, while both of the baby’s hands are put under to make it look like he’s resting his head on his pair of hands. Editing the hands out will make the picture perfect later on.
There’s also using various cute props you can use that sold online or can handcrafted yourself. One thing you need to remember is if using the props are safe for the baby. Hanging poses for example are the most dangerous ones because newborns make little movements time to time and may push himself off, so safety check before taking pictures.
This is hidden pictures that you can take in between sessions when parents hassle around looking after their babies. Snapped candid pictures can turn out so much better than poses sometimes because of the natural expression and emotions captured.
Typically done at the quarter of the parents, these pictures consist on the daily life and rooms where the baby will grow up in. Props can still be used, though you will want to emphasize on using the house more. Parents will also play a major role here, though they do too in the two other type of newborn photography.
Should be used as minimum as possible. Use reflectors because natural light are the best to use in newborn baby photography mainly because they poke the sentiments of the viewers. Instead of just lightning the place up, use natural source of opening such as windows or doors to increase the light exposure and mind your angle to prevent creating a one dimensional picture.