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To Do’s Before a Newborn Photo Shoot

newborn photographyFor would-be parents, the arrival of their first born give them so much joy and excitement. Some parents would right away hire a newborn photographer to take shots of their child while in the newborn period. Newborn period basically refers to the first two weeks and this stage in a child’s life only happens once. This makes a newborn photo shoot significant and thus must be given importance. Both parents and the newborn photographer should exert effort to prepare for this newborn photo shoot.

If you are new to professional newborn photography, here are some things to do before a newborn photo shoot.

  1. Discuss details with the parents

You should first have a formal meeting with the parents to discuss how and when the newborn shoot will be. Some expectant moms will hire you before the baby comes out so you will have to arrange the waiting days within the expected delivery date. It is important for you to explain how the shoot will be done as well as how the parent should prepare their newborn.

After you have explained all the necessary things and answered all their questions regarding newborn photography, make sure you have a contract signed and agreed by both parties.

  1. Prepare the necessary props and gear

Once contract has been signed and schedule has been set, it is now time for you to prepare for the shoot. Inspect your cameras, lenses and accessories and make sure they are working properly. Also be sure that all newborn props to be used during the photo shoot are all dry-cleaned and ready for use.

Among the necessary camera accessories and newborn props to bring are the following

  1. Tripod
  2. Lenses
  3. Extra Memory Cards
  4. Extra Batteries
  5. Comfortable Blanket
  6. Bean bag
  7. Baskets or Crates
  8. Stuffed Animals
  9. Hats and Headbands
  10. Hammock
  1. Help the parents prepare their newborn

To make your photo shoot become successful, the parents must make sure that the baby is in a deep sleep all throughout the photo shoot. Advise the parents to keep the baby awake a few hours before the shoot. They also need to ensure that the baby is well fed before schedule so the newborn will be in great mood and in deep sleep.

  1. Ready yourself to be patient

There are instances when the baby suddenly wakes up or becomes irritable thus making the session take longer to finish. Be prepared for it and ready yourself by being patient at all times. If the newborn won’t sleep, do not fret because you can still take some shots while the mom or dad is holding the child.

  1. Prepare safety measures

The safety of the newborn should not be taken for granted. You need to ensure that the baby is safe all throughout the session. Hire an assistant if possible to stand near and keep an eye on the baby during the photo shoot. You should also check all your props and make sure they are free from dirt or harmful object.

All newborn photo sessions are important so you should always give your best and do the necessary preparations before each shoot.

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Baby Portrait Photography Tips

baby portrait photographyLooking at the picture of a baby puts a smile on our face. We feel good whenever we see pictures of a baby hanging on a wall or displayed in the room. Babies certainly have this unique charm that can send good vibes to people surrounding them. Some professional photographers even decided to specialize in baby portrait photography because they find it exciting and fun.

Baby portrait photography is a specialized form of portrait photography where the subject is a baby. It is usually done inside a studio or in one of the rooms in the client’s house. Parents usually hire a baby photographer because they want to keep an image of their child while he/she is still young. A baby only becomes a newborn for a short time, which is in the first two weeks while the infancy stage is only in the first 18 months and it will never recur again in a person’s life.  This makes baby portrait photography important to parents.

Now, if you want to specialize in baby portrait photography, there are tips you can apply to make your baby portraits look better and close to perfect.

  1. Study your camera

You definitely cannot get the shots right if you don’t even know how to use your camera. Familiarize each setting, mode and control in your camera so you can adjust it according to your desired newborn photography shot.

  1. Use natural light

Light coming from the sun and entering into the window is the best light to use when shooting baby portraits. It can flatter the subject without overdoing it. Even this event photographer loves to make use of the natural light from the sun than light from a flash.

  1. Take macro shots

Macro shots of the newborn will certainly please the parents. They’d love to keep the images of their baby’s tiny hands, cute feet, pink cheeks and other facial features of their adorable child. Purchase a macro lens in order to produce awesome macro shots that your clients will really love.

  1. Try different angles

Getting ideas from fellow photographers on what angles are best to get the shots you want can help you master baby portraits faster. Practice also on where and to position yourself when shooting in different angles. Keep in mind that images look different depending on the angle you are shooting.

  1. Know the best times

Since newborn photo shoots are usually held indoors, the best way to get sharp images is to use natural light. And since there are times that the sunlight is too harsh, you will have to choose the best times for the shoot. Most photographers prefer shooting early morning and late afternoon when the sun is no longer too bright.

  1. Always be prepared

Make it a habit to prepare days ahead before the schedule baby photo shoot. Check your cameras and other accessories, practice using your camera, finalize the details with the parents and back your bag.

  1. Take a lot of shots

Shooting a lot can help you get more options to choose from when deciding later on which ones to keep or have printed. Also, don’t forget to check background before clicking on your camera so you can make sure there are no unnecessary elements in the background that can take away the focus from the real subject – the baby.

There are other tips and techniques you can apply in order to get perfect baby portraits. Check online for more information or talk to credible professional photographer for helpful advice.


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