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Becoming the Ideal Baby Photographer – checked

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baby photographyWhat do parents expect from a baby photographer? Great skills? Creativity? Or maybe friendliness towards their little one? There’s one more important aspect that regardless of these all you should value the most. That is safety.

Of course, creativity and skills are often two of the most things that clients seek out the most. But one thing that will keep your business running and highly regarded is how you maintain utmost priority in any baby photography session.

Explaining the process to parents

As parents come to you, explain briefly how the session is going to continue. Breakdown the things that they may need to expect and how to make sure that it’s going to be an enjoyable session. Explain that safety is your number one priority as how many parents would think.

With safety as the topic, help the parents to understand the things that you won’t do any special precautions you have to take. For example, there might be poses that you are opposed to or suggestions that you want parents to tell you before the photography session. You want to be given time to do a little practice and find the best way to execute it.

Learning from the experts

Another way to make sure that your session is safe is by learning from the experts. There are two kinds of experts that you need to learn from. The first one is an expert in baby photography like suekennedy.co.uk and the other is from a baby health expert.

Babies are fragile in that they themselves can’t tell you if they feel uncomfortable. Newborn babies and especially weak and adults need to have a good understanding of how to keep them comfortable and warm. That’s why you need to learn at least the basic of baby’s health and care.

For example, what are the kind of poses that you should never try? Is the baby strong enough to stand on his own? Is it a good idea to put the baby in a tight, closed space like a small basket? These are things that you need to do your homework on and explain to your parents on what you think about them.

Watch and practice

Practicing isn’t easy in baby photography. There’s the fact that in spite of how good you are with taking that pose, you need to be able to move on if the baby doesn’t let you take it. Some babies are more active and some newborns are just less flexible than others.

The most important thing to train is your ability to figure out when to move on and what kind of poses should work in that situation. While doing this, always have the parents or your assistant stand-by to hold the baby whenever needed. Older babies are active but can be extremely shy around unfamiliar environment and place.

Practicing communication with babies is also necessary. You can consult with parents or your own parent on how you should deal with babies. Moving babies around in a baby photography session is also time-consuming, especially in lifestyle photography. While older babies aren’t as sensitive, newborns get stirred up by the smallest movements.

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Getting Started in Baby Photography

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Babies are perhaps one of the most challenging subjects to photograph, mainly because babies have their own schedules, not to mention you can’t expect them to follow directions as to how they would pose. On the flipside, such qualities make them such fascinating subjects because of them being natural, not to mention being cute to look at as well.

Difficult as they can be, babies are not impossible subjects to tackle. If you’re a photographer who is looking into specializing into baby photography, let this guide help you out on how to get started and develop your skills doing this type of photography.

Timing the shoot

As noted earlier, babies have their own schedules as they tend to be awake or asleep at any given time of the day. Thus, it is best to plan ahead and coordinate with the mother as much as possible as to the best time when to take the photos. Generally speaking, for newborns, it is best to time the shoot while the baby is sleepy.

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Keep shooting

Nevertheless, there are those unpredictable moments when the baby starts to cry or throws a tantrum as you are about to shoot. Given the nature of how babies behave, rather than wait it out until the baby stops crying or throwing a tantrum, it is best for the photographer to keep shooting, preferably having your camera take photos in continuous shooting mode. Chances are, there is a moment worthy to be captured even if the baby is having such moods.

Always be ready

Given the aforementioned unpredictable moments, you’ll never know if and/or when the baby is caught or having a moment that can be considered “camera worthy.” As a photographer, you should keep your eyes and lenses open for such moments and make sure you get to capture them well.

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Keep it simple

One fault a number of baby photographers make is that they tend to prepare elaborate setups for their baby photography shoots. Such preparations only serve to lessen the highlight of your subject which is the baby. And that should not be the case. Simplicity is the key for good baby photography and any elements that are to be added in the photo should not serve to distract the main subject of the photo which is the baby.

No flash, better lighting

For baby photography, the use of flash is discouraged as much as possible. For one, the subject may look bad with the harsh lighting the flash provides. And also, some babies may not be fond of the flash blinking in front of them. On the other hand, a better non-flash lighting system goes well with the natural soft elements of the subject, highlighting the baby’s features. As much as possible, go for natural light like the light coming in through the window or through an open door, creating a more artistic effect.

Invest in good equipment

If you plan to set up your own studio for baby photography, it is important to invest in some good equipment for you to shoot quality images. If your studio does not have any natural lighting coming in, better invest in lights that would highlight the soft features of your subject. Another piece of equipment you should invest on is a small heating system which will provide a little warmth for the baby especially if the baby is going to be shot not fully clothed or wrapped.

Create a personal approach

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Some baby photographers make a mistake in treating babies as a client, with no sense of attachment or connection whatsoever. Regardless of your relationship with the baby subject, it is important that you make a connection, make the subject feel comfortable with you as you take those pictures. Create not just photos but memories that will be cherished for a long time.

Recommendations

For your camera, it is best for baby photography to set it at a high ISO and/or faster shutter speeds to ensure good detail. As a rule of thumb, try to go for 1/500s shutter speed and an aperture of f/5.6 and wider under normal daylight. It is also recommended that the camera lens should be f/1.8 or lower for faster shutter speeds.