I recently photographed a family friend’s new baby. It was so much fun, and my first time doing a “real” baby photo shoot. The baby was fairly well-behaved, she fussed a little, but mom quickly calmed her down. Below are a few tips I picked up:
- Arrange the time so that the child has just finished eating, a full tummy=happy baby (usually).
- Be flexible for both the child and the parent.
- Avoid other distractions, such as siblings, noises, and lighting
- Be aware of lighting, both from the flash, sunlight, and interior lighting.
- Try to light the baby as much as possible with natural lighting.
- If this isn’t possible, (I took these after dark) Make sure that the lighting used is the same color. Avoid fluorescent and incandescent mixture.
- Use warm lighting. Babies especially don’t look comfortable in “cold” lighting.
- Understand what the parent is trying to capture. Is it details like tiny fingers, nose, and toes, face close-ups, the child in their environment or a mixture of all 3?
- Establish what mood they are going for: sleepy, happy, etc.
- If possible, shoot in RAW rather than JPG. It allows for much more color adjustment after the fact.
I had a great time, and look forward to my next opportunity.