Steps for Newborn Baby Photography

newborn baby photographyTaking 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.

Posed

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.

Candid

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Lightning

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.

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Finding A Newborn Photographer

Experience.

newborn photographer aberdeenWhen you’re looking for a newborn Aberdeen photographer, take note that the person you are planning to hire should have an experience with newborns and will be able to have a great amount of patience in dealing with them. Their experience allows them to already know certain techniques in making their work easier and better. Newborn photography is different from other types since babies cannot take direction and are a lot more delicate compared to adults and older children. The person you should consult is someone who is also who is capable of handling with care and still be able to take great photos that would emphasize a child’s innocence. Find a professional you can easily contact and negotiate with during your pregnancy so that he/she can immediately set a schedule as well as talk about the price you have to pay for the services. Aberdeen has a lot of photographing services that are really established and specialize in photographing newborns.

Quality.

It is understandable that you can’t expect the quality of work you’re looking for from just anyone. Even though it’s easy to snap pictures in your phone, it wouldn’t exactly be as satisfying as having those pictures from a professional. Make sure the person you hire for the job is willing to let you choose the colour schemes and photos you would want to keep instead of randomly picking out pictures that don’t suit your taste regardless of how well the work has been done. With this, you’d find yourself more satisfied with the outcome of the pictures if you have already been oriented with what to expect. They should be able to show you samples and ask your opinions about what you would like to translate in the photos. This way, there would be less complaints coming from you and you would know who to contact in case you need to in another time.

Props.

It would also be better if the photographer of your choice is able to provide accessories already at his/her studio so that shopping for accessories and fancy pillows all over Aberdeen for a couple of pictures wouldn’t be necessary if you didn’t want to. This lets you save and focus more on paying for your child’s photos instead of shopping for stuff that your baby can’t even use yet. Might as well save your cash for the mean time so you don’t have to stress out about what your baby should wear. Another thing to keep in mind of is the equipment and the studio. If you want proper and safer equipment to be used like what most of the top ones offer, be very particular especially with the lighting because babies are sensitive towards them. As much as possible, try to use natural light instead of strobe lights because bright lights may be disturbing to a newborn’s eyes. Use special lighting if ever natural light cannot be used at the given time. As a parent, have these points to remember in finding a newborn Aberdeen photographer.

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Common Props to Use in Newborn Baby Photography

newborn baby photographyThe most common prop in newborn baby photography is probably the blanket. Blanket and babies just come together naturally. This is probably due to the fact that babies are asleep almost all of the time and they just tend to belong with soft things, given how fragile their nature is. Blankets are the perfect props to use in a newborn baby photography. They are cheap to have and you might even have great looking blankets with you somewhere at home already. Buying new ones won’t cause too much of a dent in your budget either so it is definitely something that you can play around with if you are thinking about getting into newborn baby photography at some point or so. Try to stay away from bold colors or form anything that comes off as something a little too loud. Stay away from glaring prints or anything like that. You need to keep in mind that although props are great, they should not make the focus deviate from the main subject, which is the newborn baby. Go with blankets that look great but have a fairly subdued color and prints. It should be something that can provide a fairly great background without ending up hogging all of the attention and focus in the photos.

Hats also make for fairly interesting props to use in newborn baby photography.

Babies look adorable and cute especially when they are fitted with whimsical looking hats and other head gear. Most of these hats can come cheap, for as long as you know where to look. If you have taken on knitting as a hobby, then it’s a plus for you because you can always customize the hats based off of what you would like to pull off during the newborn baby photography shoot. One thing to keep in mind when you are looking for hats that you can use as props in newborn baby photography is that you should keep it fairly simple. A hat is already a statement piece, don’t crowd the photos with other props and accessories because it might end up looking like it is something that is already all over the place. Also try to ensure that the fabrics or materials being used are soft and stretchy, so as not to cause discomfort to the newborn baby when you put it on him.

Uses crates, baskets, boxes, containers.

This may sound a little funny but crates, wooden ones, or any other containers such as baskets and boxes can make for great props as well in newborn baby photography. Newborn babies are extremely easy to position since they tend to sleep all of the time. They look cute when they are being put into containers and the like because it looks like they are being delivered somewhere. There is a certain appeal to that, given that children are usually seen as gifts or blessings to look forward to at the end of the day. These props are great to incorporate in your newborn photography Calgary but make sure that you guarantee the safety of the baby all of time. Watch out for any rough edges or anything like that. Use cushions to help protect the baby at all times.

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