Baby photography is an amusing type of photography that is usually entered into by those who are fond of babies and small kids. Babies are cute, adorable but very unpredictable. At times they are in the mood, while other times they aren’t. You have to be patient, understanding and adaptable when handling babies in a photo shoot.
Unlike big kids and adults, babies cannot be given instructions. They are too young to understand the poses that you want for them to do. This is one of the main reasons parents choose to employ the services of a baby photographer. They want someone who really knows how to make their babies look best in camera since these pictures will be kept and shown to the baby when he grows up.
Getting started in baby photography will require time, skills, passion and right attitude. You need to be prepared on what lies ahead in this field of photography. Some of the things you should look into when planning to enter baby photography are the following:
Get formal education on commercial photography
Apart from the practical knowledge you will gain over years of experience, getting a formal education on commercial photography can give you insights on the best ways to photograph people particularly babies. You will learn techniques on how to capture great shots that are as beautiful as the pictures you see in magazines. Our friend who is a Buckinghamshire wedding photographer also took several photography courses and this helped him become an excellent photographer.
Read magazines about handling babies
There are magazines and online baby sites which can provide you with valuable information to help you better understand babies. You will learn how to handle them and adjust to their temper during a photo shoot. Babies are fragile so you really need to make sure they are safe and comfortable.
Buy the right baby stuff and accessories
Aside from buying the right camera and some pair of lenses, you also need to purchase accessories like bean bags, blankets, baskets and other cute props. Everything should be dust-free, sanitized and free from pointed objects. Make sure to ask the parent before a photo shoot if the baby is allergic to a specific type of blanket or object. You wouldn’t want to endanger the health of the baby.
Master the easy poses first
In a baby photo shoot, safety of the baby is our main concern. Study the easy poses first before attempting to do more complex ones (like placing the baby in a basket with hands on chin). You also do not need to use too many props. Keep in mind that parents want you to capture the looks of their baby and not anything else. A simple wrap is sometimes enough to get the best baby shots. You just need to study your camera and set it right.
Natural light can give you wonderful shots.
Professional photographers from Wedding Photography Derbyshire will definitely agree that nothing beats natural light when it comes to getting the natural-looking, sharp images you want. As much as possible, set the session in a room that has a big window so sunlight can come in during the baby photo session.
Learn to use photo editing tools
Photo editing is important especially with photos for print. Gaining skills on photo editing is important not only for baby photographers but for all professional photographers. You need to learn how to enhance baby photos using programs like Photoshop and Lightroom. Baby photos don’t require full editing since we want to retain the real beauty of the baby. We only need to perform minor editing which is usually of the background.
Baby photography can be fun and rewarding if you are well prepared for it. Get the right skills and follow the tips mentioned so you can truly succeed in the field of baby photography.