When it comes to adult, grown-up men, you can properly talk to them, direct them, and be a lot creative without worrying too much about it. But with babies, you have to worry about a lot of things: are they comfortable? Will the parents give consent? Should I change the color of the blanket?
The baby has zero say in this, so you are left on your own to think about what you should do in a baby photoshoot.
Start with a sleepy baby
Start off by remembering the fact that you need the baby to be still and calm at all times. That’s pretty much how a sleeping baby looks like and a baby is easier to fall asleep after they are fed. So, when you work with your babies, make sure that mothers feed them before the photography session. It keeps them calm and sleepy throughout the session.
At times, you might need to let the mother breastfeed in the middle of the session. It might take more time than you thought, but this is very common and you can expect that most of your baby photography sessions will be like this.
Not-so sleepy baby?
When you work with newborn babies that are older than two weeks old, they tend to be more active. These babies are more likely to be wide-awake at one time during the session. That means you need to go with a more active and livelier concept with the baby awake. Suggest that parents bring their own pair of clothes for the baby to take pictures in.
It will still turn out well, but don’t forget to let your clients know what to expect in a baby photoshoot with older babies.
The tips to a successful newborn photoshoot are the one where the baby is always safe and comfortable. Whatever props you use, it has to be firm and steady. The buckets or cups or beanbags that you use have to be propped and held with strong materials that keep them steady.
Your clients will also appreciate it if you pay more attention to these things and won’t even get mad if the session stretches for hours.
Also, remember to keep the room warm and comfortable for the baby. Newborn babies are especially sensitive to cold temperature, so aside from the central heater, you can use hot packs under the blankets to make it comfortable.
Scheduling their photoshoot
It’s easy to schedule baby photography sessions, however, for newborn sessions, it’s a little bit tricky. Parents can tell you their due date, but no one is really sure when the baby will choose to be born. Such uncertainties are expected, so photographers need to provide clients with a range of date to choose from.
The way it is done is by giving parents a time range from 7-day ahead the predicted date to 7-day late.
These 4 steps are a simple way to get started on a baby photoshoot. Taking pictures of babies as your main subject can be challenging and even confusing & hectic! But if you have prepared yourself, then it will be a breeze before you manage to take so many cute and dazzling baby pictures like Stephen Bruce Photography.