Learning how to photograph babies may seem intimidating at first but once you get to wrap your head around it, you’ll eventually figure it out and well, for lack of a better term, you will see that this kind of photography niche is actually quite adorable. It is a very rewarding experience, to say the least. You get to immortalize their innocence and their alluring and fun personality. It’s just downright something that you don’t get to experience and have the honor of doing everyday if you’re not photographing babies for a living. What you need to know ahead of time though is that this isn’t all fun or a walk in the park at all. It can take up a lot of your time and patience but you can be guaranteed that it will all be worth it in the end.
You can basically categorize babies based on their age
It will tell you a lot about how to handle them, what the best approaches or poses are and how you could take it from there. You can start off with the newborns. This phase is probably the easiest to take pictures off. For one, newborns are known to really sleep a lot. As a matter of fact, they sleep almost all the time. So it would be wise for you to do the photo shoot while they are fast asleep.
The first month is also another important milestone that most parents would like to be able to document that moment. At this age, it would be great to photograph babies with their parents. The babies don’t fidget as much because they have their support system with them and on top of that, they also get to have that family memento.
The third month is another monumental moment for photographing babies. This is usually the stage that takes up the most of a photographer’s patience. They cannot keep still that much and you would need to watch out for moments when they smile, wink or yawn because they go by so fast and missing to capture that opportunity in your images would be a really missed moment.
The fourth month is perfect for shots of the parents cradling the baby without having them as a part of the photo. You also will not be able to do this later on since the baby tends to grow out and become heavier and a hand shot will not be a feasible pose to work on.
The fifth month and onwards would be perfect for sitting shots since they can pretty much lift their heads by this time and sit up. You will be surprised at the wide array of whimsical facial expressions babies can come with and you will see that at the end of the day, it’s something that you can definitely do for a long time and absolutely fall in love with it.
You can start doing this as a favor for friends and family members or even for your own kids, if you have any. It doesn’t have to be perfect at first; you can always improvise and find your sure footing as you progress.