Baby Photography Tips
If you love simple and natural looking baby photograph and you are intending to do it on your own but not sure how to get started, here are some useful tips which may work for you!
- Use natural light or simple lighting techniques to light up your baby
Natural light is sometimes known as window light or available light which is coming from the outside of your home. To have the maximum natural light, keep your windows open when you are photographing your baby.
When using natural light, position your baby to face the window with his/her back against a support. It is good to use a yoga mat or play mat that will reduce the impact of a bump.
- Use a clean background if you prefer the focus to be on your baby
Use a clean background if you want to capture the natural looks of your baby. It can be your walls or a piece of rug that is huge enough for you to frame them within your viewfinder.
- Get an assistant!
An assistant role depends on the nature of your photography work. In baby photography, the primary assistant should be someone who is helping to attend to your baby while you are photographing at a distance.
Remember your assistant help is about keeping your baby safe, and happy so she can project her intrinsic traits during your photo shoot session. Assistant must always be at a close distance with your baby!
- Do it right after their nap, or meal and avoid play times.
This is about your baby portrait. It is one of the ways to preserve their traits, expressions and behavior. Getting a good baby portrait is tough although the final image looks simple. Think of the best time you can get their responses with minimal use of props or toys. That is the intrinsic traits that is unique for your baby.
Over the years, we have observe that the best time to photograph baby portrait is after their nap. You’ll probably have less than an hour before they get hungry as baby still follow a routine for their meals and nap. Plan your shoot, as this will help save time and get better images which represent your baby.
- Your baby photography milestone should go in sync with their motor developments.
You probably heard it’s best to do it between the 5th to 6th month. And it is really true because most babies will have been able to sit on their own without assistance. And they are also able to support themselves up on their tummies. These may sound like some usual shots that you see, but wait til you try them out on your own and you will realize they aren’t as simple at all!
There are many other interesting shots that can be done to remember your baby, and these depends on your intervention in their motor development. You can also consider what is unique about your baby, for instance, some baby enjoy nibbling on their toes. This isn’t about doing glam shots, it is your baby’s unique deposition.
Lastly, if you find it challenging to do your own baby photography. You can always hire a professional baby photographer. Remember, they grow up too fast before you know you will miss their baby looks!