Photographing babies is rewarding. Parents are always on the lookout for that photographer who knows just the right tricks to be able to choreograph baby photoshoots. This takes much more skill than you would initially think, by the way. Being able to come up with that “keeper” photo is special. It is something the parents and close relatives and friends could treasure and moon over for years and years to come.
Although photographing babies may not necessarily be a walk in the park. It’s not necessarily rocket science either. With a few tips under your belt and a whole lot of practice, it should be something you can easily accomplish in the near future. We’ve listed a few quick and easy fixes for you to help you out in learning how to photograph babies.
Make use of natural light
Turn off your flash and make use of what’s readily available to you. You will come to appreciate that natural light is actually quite flattering for people and plays up on their features especially if you’re taking portraits. There are a lot of dimensions being put into focus and you get options in terms of perspectives and angles.
Use a white backdrop with a backlight
You will notice that with this kind of setup, the colors tend to pop up more and the baby’s features are more pronounced and with the right focus and attention to detail, can churn out really gorgeous looking pictures.
Watch out for the candid photos
In case you haven’t noticed, babies are not too good with posing. They’re not familiar with a staged setup and cannot take instructions. This is why you need to watch out for the candid photos because they’re usually the most adorable. Be quick and alert in pre-empting those moments so you can capture them and immortalize them in your photos. Patience is a virtue and this is one particular trait that you should really hold on to for baby photoshoots.
It pays to come a little closer. Don’t hesitate to get on the floor or scoot to take that great picture. Babies are quite little, after all. More often than not, the setup for photoshoots will be on the floor anyways so you might as well get down there and get those angles taken care of. Plus, there’s a certain personal touch when you get to the same vantage level as with your subject.
This may seem silly but photographing digitally is for free anyway and you don’t have to worry about wasting roll after roll of film so you might as well take as many photos as you can so that you have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to editing time. Children move fast and have very short attention spans so you will almost always be guaranteed of varying poses and pictures.