Nothing brings more emotion to a parent than to see their child captured in an excellent portrait. If you should be either a child photographer now or desire 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 understand that knowledge is power. The more knowledge you’ve in your “toolbox” prior to starting a photograph session of a young child (at any age), the higher off you are.
In this article, I want to talk specifically about the initial stage of growth – the newborn stage. This really is between 0 months and 3 months of age. Parents will call you literally from their hospital room soon after the birth of their child to secure an area on your own schedule so they do not miss this precious time. The pressure is on for you really to give your clients the very best you can. But as of this newborn stage, it’s hit or miss because it’s more unpredictable than some other stage of growth. All things considered, the infant will control the session to a point.
Lets discuss some strategies we can use to minimize any possible problems. First, I believe a photography studio should be clutter free. A client’s first impression when they walk in your studio may be the lasting impression. For example picking inviting colors of paint for your walls newborn baby photography essex. having 24×30 or larger portraits for your wall decor add impact for that wow experience. You are telling your clients you specialize in wall portraits. Having soft instrumental music playing in the background and scented candles creating that “calming” atmosphere and touch the senses. If you should be working with first-time parents, trust me they’re stressed since it is. A calm mom and dad is a happy mom and dad.
The temperature of your camera room should be kept warmer than normal. A baby can’t be cold or it will cry. Setting up with the warm room is likely to be worth it. Reveal to the parents why you’re doing this so that they already feel you’re the infant expert. Get a hairdryer and wear it a low setting to create noise. This is known as “white noise” and has been proven (by my own personal school of hard knocks research at my studio) to keep a child calm. It works like a charm! Then based about what the infant does, proceed with the photography.
If the infant is sleeping, tell mother to carefully remove the infant from the car seat without waking the baby. The good thing about that stage is a child likes to complete a few things – sleep and eat. A sleeping baby loves to “scrunch” up because that was 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 heap 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 position you wish to capture. Position the baby’s hands underneath it’s head like a pillow. Do these poses with no baby’s diaper on. Yes…the baby may pee or poop but welcome to baby photography. It’s includes the task description.
After some variation of those nude poses, change to a deeper background. Concentrate on the bond between mom, dad and baby. These can be quite close intimate poses because showing plenty of the body of the parents doesn’t do anything for the little tiny baby. It will get lost. I actually do many different combinations of mommy, daddy and baby. Now let’s say the infant starts to have fussy. Stop the session. The child is most likely hungry. Let mother have time for you to feed the baby. If mother is nursing, provide an exclusive area on her in your studio. This really is just one more way to ease the mom’s stress. It’s always easier to be the infant expert with little such things as this than to you should be an average photographer. After the infant is fed and burped (very important) start the photography again.
Put the infant on it’s back an antique baby scale with a diaper cover and nice looking baby blankets. Antique baby scales is found for a reasonable price on eBay. Just ensure they’re the old fashioned type (it normally has a wicker basket on top) and ensure the scale actually works. If you should be handy build a wide wood platform for this so it won’t tip over with a child in it. That could not be fun. Cover the wooden platform with material so it does not show the wood. Take some photos looking down on the baby. Try this from a small step ladder. You’ve to act as quickly as possible to have just as much from a child as of this stage as possible. Patience and expertise will come as time passes and practice.