Baby photography is a fun, stressful, creative and sometimes frustrating type of photography. Because the less than a year old baby does not know you are trying to make him or her look good, they might interfere in the process. This also makes the photography process unpredictable.
Listed below are tips on how to get great photos for your baby.
Safety and Comfort of the baby
Ensuring the safety and comfort of any child is the best tip you can ever receive in baby photography. This is so because of the unpredictable nature of babies, especially when they are past the 3 weeks mark and the baby has more awareness of its surroundings. Flashing light, adjusting and repositioning a baby to get good angles might upset a baby, and that will be bad for the happy or peaceful sleeping baby image you might be trying to project.
A very comfortable baby will surely lead to great pictures and it is the duty of the baby photographer to ensure that. To avoid a situation where you have a baby crying for hours and you cannot get consistency in your pictures, make the baby comfortable. Baby photography is meant to be fun, but do not stress yourself by stressing the baby, ensure the room condition is perfect, the props used are comfortable and there is no physical inconvenience for the baby.
Use of Props and Backdrops
Baby photography is not for those that lack creativity, this is so because of the various creative styles that can be incorporated in it. The Baby photographer has to be creative enough to work with the materials he or she has at hand, and to achieve this using props is highly advised. Not many photography niches make use of props like Baby photography. Props like bean bags, stuffed animals, chalkboards, hats, diaper covers, baskets, boxes, buckets, crates, faux furs, blankets can be used or improvised to achieve different styles and poses for the baby.
A beautiful backdrop too makes for a great photo, you can go for a warm and natural background or opt for something you can make, beautiful backdrops for babies like elegantly patterned backdrops or paper/silk flowers are good ideas. Props and backdrops when used properly accentuate the beauty of a newborn in photos and for the most part, they are always recommended.
Lighting and Poses
Before any photography session begins, it is important to know that the lighting of the area you are going to use is great, lighting most of the time is the difference between a good photo and a bad one, and every baby photographer knows this. Knowledge on how to properly combine light with great angles will yield great results in your photos, you would not have to inconvenience your baby by moving it every time. Using the right light is also necessary especially when you are using colorful props and backdrops, you would not want to risk having a pictorially bad picture of your newborn.
Getting the right pose for your baby during the photo shoot is key as you would not want your baby to appear awkward in the photo. The tummy and side pose are usually employed in order to get an aesthetically pleasing view of the baby.