If there is a cute and adorable side to photography, it would have to be the aspect of photographing babies. There is something noble about being tasked to document and capture that innocence and sort of immortalize them in your photos. It is something that the parents, grandparents, other family members and friends will be looking at and appreciating at the onset of time. Baby photos are family treasures and they are also a sort of rite of passage particularly for parents who are quite keen on making and keeping mementos like that all throughout their family’s history.
Although this is not the most lucrative leg of the professional photography business, if you are doing photography as a living, at some point in time, you will be requested to hold a baby photo shoot of sorts. Babies are innocent and adorable but you should be well advised that they are not the easiest of subjects to work with. Babies are temperamental and unpredictable. You have to work with their moods and more importantly, you have to set the mood for them. They also do not have the capacity to communicate is providing instructions and expecting them to be able to listen, understand and follow is completely out of the question and not a part of your options at all.
Here are a few things to take note of to help you overcome the challenge of newborn photography calgary for those instances where a project or so lands on your lap:
Use a clean white backdrop with a backlight as an accessory.
You do not need a fancy setup to make the photos meaningful. The baby alone is more than enough material for you to build your photo shoot around so stick to a white backdrop and use a backlight to make the colors pop some more and make the baby’s features more emphasized and pronounced. This will enable you to really sharpen your focus on your subject and shoot those amazing photos for the parents.
Take the photo from their perspective.
More often than not, you will be taking the photos from the floor or somewhere fairly low just for the mere fact that babies are fragile and they are usually photographed while asleep. Do not hesitate to take the photo from pretty much the same angle. Overhead photos, except for the rare and artsy ones, are never good ones especially when they are all taken from one angle.
Take more photos than usual.
Seriously, you’re not using film rolls. You are using digital memory. You can shoot as many photos as you can and not lose a buck out of it. So overshoot and try to take advantage of your camera’s burst mode. Babies yawn and laugh and make the most interesting facial expressions unexpectedly so it would be wise for you to make sure that you get to capture those candid moments because they are those that make the most memorable ones.
Lastly, have fun but try to oomph up your patience because that is sort of a pre-requisite with kids. Don’t give up right away but find the right pacing and timing. There is a time for everything, after all.