When you take your first newborn pictures, how did you feel? Were you disappointed or satisfied? Newborn photography is a trend that every new mother wants in. It’s a lucrative business and on your first job you’re probably going with the flow; problems probably did or did not arise.
Here, however, we’re going to present you with things you should start noting down before accepting your next newborn photography assignment. Hopefully, whatever little mess that newborns make will not stop you from snapping cute pictures of them!
When it’s about newborn photography, it means 10 days after getting discharged from the hospital for the mothers. This may mean that they are still tired and need some more rest. It is important that you do not burden parents with a lot of Dos and Don’ts. Simply tell them ways to ease the process and convince them that the process if going to be fun and relaxed.
Have refreshments ready and explain to them if they are going to be included in the pictures and tell them to wear casual, nice-looking outfit. After taking those family portraits, simply sit back and relax!
Newly born baby
For babies who are just a couple of days old, it is important that you pay attention to its comfort. These babies are still sensitive to cold and wake up easily when they are hungry.
Set your studio at a comfortable temperature. Have blankets ready to wrap them in. Don’t wear the clothes that are hard to take-off as it may wake them up.
You should suggest mothers bring an extra cloth for the baby to wear when they go home. Also, to expect that they may need to feed the baby in the middle of the session for easier posing. This is because some mothers have a strict schedule of feeding their babies.
There are several famous poses that you probably found on Pinterest. In cases where the baby is unable to stay on a certain pose for too long, get an assistant or the parents to hold the baby. You can edit them out later if you use a simple background.
Placing them sleeping on their tummy with legs folded in on a beach chair is also a good pose. Don’t forget to lay a piece of the blanket on the chair!
Baby’s awake? Don’t worry! Snap the time when baby’s eyes start to flutter open. Even during the time when the mother scoops the baby up with care and love, that lovely expression, is a chance to steal some great pictures!
Placing the small baby in daddy’s big hand is also a great way to emphasize the fragility and how small such a big moment is.
At all time, keep your studio hazardous free. You can do this by always having your assistant keep an eye when you have to leave the set for a moment. If there are certain poses that you are unsure about, don’t try them with these newborns. They are living things that can fall and hurt, and you don’t want your clients to walk out of your studio spreading how evil you are.
You should also keep your props clean and regularly dust the studio. Aside from keeping the baby safe, parents are also glad to know that their photographer truly cares about their baby’s health.
If you need some more inspiration, go check out Sue Kennedy Photography as she is the real expert in babies and newborns.