New Born Photo Shoot
Top things to know when doing a newborn photography for beginners
When entering the world of newborn or baby photography it can be a pretty daunting task. The idea of handling someones’ little miracle is not something I take lightly. Especially because I don’t have children of my own so kids just scare me in general lol. But having nieces and nephews and a previous babysitting career I knew at the very least to take it slow. Also, as I did with much of my learning, start with friends and family members. So after reading many articles and studying a many pictures and watching a many YouTube videos I knew the only way to really learn is to just jump in the deep in. Sink or swim!!! Well I’m swam first and slightly sunk the second go ’round. But failure is the best teacher!! So after sinking and swimming there are a few words of advice I’d like the share with others. Now this list is not for experienced photographers and it’s not a technique tutorial. This is a short list of experiences I had that may help one prepare. So here we go:
1. The Mother is Your Best Friend!
No matter if she is laid back or really up tight, u want her on your side. Her connection to the baby can not to matched. Use her to keep the baby calm. I like placing the baby on pillows and bean bags but if that doesn’t work, place the baby on mommy’s arms and lap. Just use whatever rug or covering over the mom and no one will know the difference.
2. Throw Away Your Schedule.
Baby’s are in control. Point blank period so don’t be in a hurry. If you try to go by the clock, in the words of DJ Khaled, you played yourself!
3. Consult in Depth with the Mother and the Sponsor.
Sometimes the person Who had the baby is not the one who is paying for the photo shoot and that’s fine. Make sure that all participants are aware of the process and the end product. Even if one acts like they don’t care to know, still request to share the information. If they don’t agree to the process or the end results, the only person who loses is you! Trust me! Also because of the excitement of a new baby, sometimes the mother forgets key information…
4. Set Boundaries.
Now this one I didn’t think about until it happened but have in writing what you’re willing to do and what you’re not. For example, how old the baby can be (example: 4 weeks, 4 days old, etc) how many days after he has been circumsized, or how many people can be in the room. Just think about things that can make or break the experience for the mother AND for you. Don’t put your needs last. You can’t blame anybody but yourself if your pictures don’t come out well because you didn’t set boundaries. Again, DJ Khaled said it best: you posted yourself.
5. White Noise.
So many mothers may know this but I learned that you can download a free app that plays white noise like static. This soothes the baby and helps block out other noises. This was heaven sent! It’s not guaranteed but it helps and new moms will love you for it.
Well I hope this helps! Share tips you you may have and let’s help each other. Also, Happy Mother’s day!!