Being a newborn photographer is not at all easy. Babies can be unpredictable, and they have no awareness of what photography is nor why they are being photographed. This means that the photographer must have full control over the session, knowing exactly what shot is needed and how to efficiently get it, as well as understanding the needs of the newborn.
Everything must be in complete harmony, from the equipment to the props to the studio to the model, and as such there is much to keep track of. Here are a few tips to bear in mind when delving into the world of photographing newborns:
Spend time with babies
This might seem like it goes without saying, but the best way to know how babies act is to be around them, whether or not the photographer has had a newborn in their own family or whether they can be around someone else’s. Despite being unpredictable, newborns have their own patterns and schedules, and being aware of those will make the life of the newborn photographer much easier. The photographer will also be able to observe the behaviour of newborns, and will thus be in a better position to judge what they need and how to best conduct a session.
Control the environment
Newborns typically require a warmer temperature than adults, and the environment of the studio must be baby proofed to ensure maximum comfort and safety. Though most of the baby equipment should be brought in by the family, the photographer should have some essentials around that would remove the element of accidents and unpredictability. Breaks for feeding and changing are recommended and they help with keeping things calm and soothing.
Liaise with the family
The photographer should have a list to pass on to the family of items that they should bring with them and of things they should be aware of. The list could include a detailed reminder of baby supplies that should be brought along, from nappies to changes of clothes, as well as what the parents themselves should wear. It could also include a list of available props to choose from, and further details on the photographer’s preferences on how the session should go. The photographer should also ensure awareness of what the parents want to see in the finished product, and a knowledge of the baby’s schedule and needs.
Include the family
Newborns are soothed by the presence of their family, as they are the main way the baby interacts with the world. Having the parents in the shot also contributes to a sweetly serene final product that can be composed in many ways, from cuddling to playing, and the inclusion of siblings in candid shots can add a fun and dynamic angle that allows some more variety and entertaining composition. This allows the addition of layers of emotion and depth to the session, and makes for perfect memories to keep.
Though challenging, the career of a newborn photographer is a very fulfilling one full of wonderful moments. To arrange a session with such a professional, visit https://www.kingshillstudios.co.uk/