Newborn Photography is rewarding at the same time challenging to a newborn photographer. It feels great to be given a chance to take photos of someone else’s pride and glory but somehow nerve-racking since you need to meet their expectations. These parents expect to see awesome baby pictures that show the innocence and beauty of their little one.
Every child is considered by parents as a special gift from God and being given a chance to share memories with the baby and its family is always a wonderful feeling. Since newborn babies are too young to understand anything or be given instructions, a photographer must be able to adjust and learn how to take shots the right way. Babies need care and attention during the shoot so you should never leave them unattended or else accidents may happen. If you are new to baby photography or newborn photography calgary, here are some tips to help you produce those wonderful baby pictures that your clients will love.
Get the expectations clear and straight
Before the shoot, it is important that you communicate with the parents and set straight what they can expect from the shoot and what you can deliver. Discuss everything like type of shoot, location, reserved dates, number and type of products, shooting hours and even how to prepare. Parents should also know what types of newborn photography to choose from. The two types are posed or studio and lifestyle so make sure explain the similarities and difference of each.
Share preparation tips to parents
The best time to take photos of babies is when they are in deep sleep. A newborn photographer can easily take shots when the baby is asleep because he can freely move or change baby’s poses without waking the newborn up. Advice parents around 2 hours before the photo shoot to play with the baby or keep it awake so that when it is time to shoot the baby is already sleepy. Further, it would be best to feed the baby one (1) – two (2) hours before the photo shoot. There is a saying that nobody can put a person in deep sleep other than a tired body and a full stomach.
Check your equipment a day or two before the shoot
You must be able to check all your equipment, most especially your cameras and make sure they are in good working condition. If not, find a replacement and bring more than one camera during the shoot so in case one suddenly malfunctions; you have an extra to use. Inspect also your lenses and tripod including your batteries and memory card. Keep your batteries fully charged and bring enough memory cards.
Safety comes first
Bear in mind that the baby’s safety must be your first priority. The parents entrust their baby to you so it is important that you treat the baby with utmost care. Have an assistant stay near the baby, check your props before using it on the baby and never try poses that you are unsure of.
Set your camera right
Use the right camera lenses to get your desired shots, say for example a macro lens for macro shots or a prime lens when shooting close. You must also check the exposure of your camera and choose the shooting mode that you are most comfortable with.
Parents expect to see awesome pictures of their baby, hence, do your best to satisfy their expectations and make them happy.