How to Ace Your Newborn’s Photography
It’s one thing to photograph objects or adults who can understand instruction; working with a delicate and unpredictable newborn baby is a whole different story.
Here are tips that easily make newborn photography a blast:
Safety before Anything
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When it comes to photographing a newborn baby, safety should always be number one. And everything is mainly common sense. Don’t bring in props that are hard or sharp. The baby must not be placed on a high or unsteady surface sans a spotter. And know that some of the best-looking newborn baby photos online are actually products of photo editing software.
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Not Always the Gear
It’s possible to take amazing pictures of newborn babies with any camera and lens, as long as you know how to manipulate lighting, angles and other techniques.
Comfort Does It
When photographing newborns, you are mainly aiming for two “looks:” peaceful slumber and awake and gay. If your subject is uncomfortable, he’ll probably be fussy, crying, or just giving everyone a hard time. If your hands are cold, wear gloves. If necessary, consider space heaters or heating pads.
The Importance of Timing
Your best time to do newborn photography is within the child’s first two weeks of life. Newborns are the easiest to work with during this period since they would be asleep for nearly the whole day. Hence, they are so much easier to manage. Schedule your photo session after the baby’s umbilical cord has fallen off (which is usually about five days after birth). At the same time, also remember that newborns follow their own schedules. You might have to wait 3 to 4 hours until the baby stops crying, and in the final 20 minutes, you may get everything you need. It will definitely not be easy, and you need to plan well and give the team sufficient time for the shoot.
You don’t need newborn props to be expensive, and you will most likely find most of what y ou need at a local crafts shop or even in your home. To come up with ideas, think incorporating the child’s parent’s hobbies, favorite colors or their general personalities.
Light and Reflectors
You certainly don’t need anything too fancy with the lighting. You do need a large window for your main light and a reflector for filling in some shadows.
Your post-production for newborn photography is typically airier and lighter than any other type of photography. Use lots of fades and nice black and white effects. Also consider a few advanced retouching techniques.
At the end of the day, a newborn photography session’s success boils down to an issue of preparation. As long as you have everything you need on hand, there’s no reason for you not to take the most amazing photographs of an angel.