Nothing brings more emotion to a parent than to see their child captured in an excellent portrait. If you are either a baby photographer now or want to be, you might find your share of different types of personalities of babies coming before your camera. You might find “mild and wild” children and everything in between. All of us know that knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have in your “toolbox” prior to starting an image session of a child (at any age), the greater off you are.
In this informative article, I do want to talk specifically about the initial stage of growth – the newborn stage. That is between 0 months and 3 months of age. Parents will call you literally from their hospital room right after the birth of their child to secure an area on your schedule so they don’t miss this precious time. The pressure is on for you to give your clients the most effective you can. But at this newborn stage, it’s hit or miss because it’s more unpredictable than some other stage of growth. In the end, the infant will control the session to a point.
Lets speak about some strategies we are able to use to minimize any possible problems. First, I believe a photography studio should be clutter free. A client’s first impression once they walk in your studio may be the lasting impression. For example picking inviting colors of paint for the walls. having 24×30 or larger portraits for the wall decor add impact for that wow experience newborn baby photography essex. You are telling your clients you specialize in wall portraits. Having soft instrumental music playing in the backdrop and scented candles creating that “calming” atmosphere and touch the senses. If you are working with first-time parents, trust me they are stressed as it is. A calm mom and dad is a pleased mom and dad.
The temperature of your camera room should be kept warmer than normal. A newborn can’t be cold or it’ll cry. Adding with the warm room is going to be worth it. Reveal to the parents why you are achieving this so they really already feel you are the infant expert. Obtain a hairdryer and put it on a low setting to create noise. This is called “white noise” and has been proven (by my own personal school of hard knocks research at my studio) to help keep a baby calm. It works like no bodies business! Then based on which the infant is doing, proceed with the photography.
If the infant is sleeping, tell mother to carefully remove the infant from the automobile seat without waking the baby. The good thing about this stage is a baby likes to do two things – sleep and eat. A sleeping baby likes to “scrunch” up because that has been it’s position for 9 months in the mommy’s tummy. Simple capture what’s natural to the baby. Having an all white background and flooring with white bath rugs folded up so it generates a pile works well. This setup looks great in black and white photography. Lay the infant down on it’s tummy and “mold” the infant in the career you want to capture. Position the baby’s hands underneath it’s head just like a pillow. Do these poses without the baby’s diaper on. Yes…the baby may pee or poop but welcome to baby photography. It’s includes the job description.
After some variation of the nude poses, change to a darker background. Give attention to the bond between mom, dad and baby. These can be extremely close intimate poses because showing lots of your body of the parents doesn’t do anything for the small tiny baby. It can get lost. I do many different combinations of mommy, daddy and baby. Now let’s say the infant starts to get fussy. Stop the session. The child is probably hungry. Let mother have time to feed the baby. If mother is nursing, provide an exclusive area on her behalf in your studio. That is another way to help ease the mom’s stress. It’s always easier to be the infant expert with little things such as this than to just be an average photographer. After the infant is fed and burped (very important) start the photography again.
Put the infant on it’s in an antique baby scale with a diaper cover and nice looking baby blankets. Antique baby scales can be found for a fair price on eBay. Just make certain they are the old fashioned type (it usually has a wicker basket on top) and make certain the scale actually works. If you are handy build an extensive wood platform for it therefore it will not tip over with a baby in it. That will not be fun. Cover the wooden platform with material so it doesn’t show the wood. Take some photos looking down on the baby. Do this from a tiny step ladder. You’ve to act as quickly as you possibly can to get just as much from a baby at this stage as possible. Patience and expertise can come eventually and practice.