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Looking for the best location for photo shoots can be very tricky and would take up lots of time but when you know your prime locations at their best hour bracket, you will have ease and probably would save you so much time instead of thinking about the best places over and over again. The difficult part only takes place when the location for the theme of the photoshoot is not in your range of knowledge. Good thing this article will teach you how you can stock up some good and photogenic places for when you need it.

1. Visit the place again but at night

This is actually an old trick that photographers do to discover new possible locations; visit the everyday places but at night. Since this will be a photo shoot for a baby, sunset time is already a good time to go. Everyday places that the neighborhood has usually does not jam pack on people during night or the evening hours and usually this gives a magical and mythical feel to these locations like the playground or the neighborhood park.

2. Buy guide books

Guidebooks of your local area can be very helpful when looking for good locations. Guide books usually have the best tourist spots and their brief descriptions in the book that would give you additional knowledge of the place. This way, when shooting for outdoor photo shoots, you would not run out of location options that easily.

3. Go on a family road trip

Baby photo shoots require the assistance of family especially of the parents. Going on a road trip is actually a good idea both for the family and you since they will have a family outing and you will get to see and discover new places. Photo shoots with the family having a picnic with the baby or the parents walking with their baby on an isolated highway are just one of the cool shots you will be able to take on this road trip.

4. Experience the magic of the meadows

When researching for baby photo shoots, meadows are usually the prime places to be at. They just have the vast space and colorful background that any photographer would love to shoot with. Meadows, usually filled with flower beds, are the best since you will be able to use natural light, and the extra color of the flowers making the whole scene more vibrant and alive. These meadows are the one location that you have to research for beforehand to be able to help the family get to this location easier.

5. Studio vs. Non-Studio

If you need a more private and secluded zone to do your photo shoot, you can go ahead and use your studio. Using a studio for baby photo shoots is actually the best location since everything will be controlled and in order. You would rather have to lose the natural light but using studio lights are still good options. This way, the uses of props are limitless and the time of the shoot can be of any time during the day. If you don’t have a studio of your own, and if the client’s do not want to use their own a house, a good tip is to make use of condominiums near your place. Usually, they have function rooms that can used to accommodate photo shoots for a certain period of time. These are great alternatives for when you don’t have a location or your own studio to use.

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Creative shots are all the rage at this new time and age of baby photography and as the industry veers away from formal and isolated portraits, photographers must have ample knowledge and training for demands on creative shots. Taking creativity and using photography as a medium to construct this kind of art requires a photographer to be witty with his/her equipment and also the props that will be used. Achieving creative shots are harder when the subject of the photo shoot is a baby because as a photographer, you need to be patient, understanding, flexible, and be someone who knows how to compromise. These traits should help you enough to spill your creative juices all over the studio floor. Here are 6 steps to achieving those creative shots:

Step 1: Consult the family

Before anything else, you must first know what the family wants to do. Do they want to go with a theme close to the baby’s interests like ballet, or princesses? Or do they have a specific theme in mind that you as a photographer need to be ready for? Consultation is a must in order to please your clients and give them the best outcomes that you can offer and so a small chat with the family is a good start to making cohesive fun-themed creative shots.

Step 2: Find the perfect location

The second step is a very tricky and game-changing decision. This is when you will need to further research about the theme that your client’s want. You have to know whether if it’s better to have the photo shoot at home, in a studio, outdoors, or indoors. While deciding for your location, you must consider different factors like the weather, the travel time and the actual time of the photo shoot, and if the whole location is safe for a baby. After deciding on this you must now find props.

Step 3: Find proper props

You have the theme and you have the perfect location plus a good schedule to keep the baby awake and ready for a photo shoot. Now, it’s time for some props. This may seem like a not-so-needed element for a baby photo shoot but if you are having a creative photo shoot, you must be well equipped with these things. Props aren’t hard to find and you can usually borrow some of the baby’s toys that fit with the theme to use as props. This way, the props bring color, vibrancy, and fun to the whole photo shoot.

Step 4: Set up your equipment

Setting up your equipment shouldn’t be a hassle if you equip yourself properly. The equipment used for baby photo shoots are usually a tripod, reflectors, light diffusers, and the perfect camera of your choice. Camera’s that have high apertures which means that they let in more light are more used than those which you have to set up for a higher ISO. Cameras with wide apertures focus faster, and do not need a flash. While lenses that require higher ISO’s tend to be very slow when taking photos and this is a no-no. Babies are fast and don’t stay at one place for a long period of time so if you can, and you probably should, use a camera with a wide aperture.

Step 5: Perform some camera tricks

This is where it gets exciting and fun for you. Camera techniques like moving your camera while shooting creates a sense of blurriness usually at the background of the photo. A shallow depth of field is always a good way to show emphasis on your photo, shooting through something like an arch of a statue and zooming in on the baby through it is a good perspective from a photographer. You can achieve that technique by shutting off your auto focus and manually focusing through the hole of the object making the frame of the object blurry and focusing on the subject through it. This technique can also be used on taking a photograph of the photographer for a more of behind-the-scenes style. Other angling techniques like getting down on the floor and shooting from the perspective of the baby or going way up high and shooting at a bird’s eye view is a good way to creatively continue with the photo shoot.

Step 6: Get messy

Lastly, you can get colorful and crazy and all over the place with these kinds of shoots. Cover your reflectors with colored transparent plastic to create a different color reflected on the studio walls or give the baby (with permission from the parents) some non-hazardous paint that he/she can spill and just play with. These great ideas can all spark and become huge creative shots with just a strike of effort and in a different perspective. Get out of the box and get messy!

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Baby Photography can be very tricky but also very fun for a photographer. It requires patience and lots of preparing for a successful photo shoot; may it be at a client’s home or at your studio. It is hard work to be able to find several baby-safe settings, hazard-free baby props, and motion-ready equipment but it all pays off in the end once you capture those precious moments of laughter and fun and happiness. The key to all this is preparation. This article will give you three ways to prepare for a baby photography shoot;

1. Identify whether it’s a documentary or a portrait

These two are totally different styles of taking photos of babies. A documentary style is just like lifestyle photography. It is when you decide to take photos of the baby surrounded by daily things according to the baby’s daily routine like eating breakfast, having a morning sun-bathing, taking a bath, etc. This can result to lots of intimate photos and candid ones too. It is fun, energetic, and spontaneous as one would say. On the other hand, there is the portrait style where the baby is set to take a photo at a specific time and set up. This results to some very up close and personal photographs that are irresistibly framed and hung on family houses. Whether you choose one or the other, as a photographer, you must know the right style for the right photo shoot. In that way, you will be able to tap creative outcomes as you go along capturing precious moments.

2. Make sure to be ready before they are

It’s a great way to use a camera that you can easily bring out and take photos with anytime, anywhere like a Canon Power Shot SX60 HS that has a huge 65x optical zoom lens. This compact SLR brings zoom to a whole new level. It also is very good in stabilizing focus that could cater to different random shots that you want to capture in a very short limited time. As a baby photographer, you will have to make sure that when the baby isn't looking and the family is tending to the baby’s needs, you are there, ready, and focused to take what we call ‘candid’ shots. It is best to take photos of your clients smiling and laughing and enjoying without added forced action or direction. This will bring out natural emotion from them and from the baby which makes the outcome of the photo shoot much more intimate, private, and family-centered. These photos aren't only for the baby but also for the whole family so always be ready with your compact camera and click away.

3. Find the right angles & make use of macro lenses

This is a common thing that you must always be prepared for. The right angle isn’t always the angle you’re accustomed to. It is always what the shoot requires you to do and so, you must know the different angles to be able to get ready for any changes of landscape and photography style. There are the common ones like the get down low shots, and close ups while the more creative ones are over-the-shoulder shots, far away (with the use of negative space) shots, and bird’s eye view. These different angles can help you create different outcomes that would always look nice. And lastly, the macro lens. These lenses can help you get real close with your subject without having to be physically super close. Macro lenses have zoom features that focus and capture clear details. A macro lens like the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro can be very handy since one of its features is to work well on low light situations. Perfect for capturing moments and focusing on the details.

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When taking photos of babies, you must know the perfect angle to go with the whole shoot. There are different ways of taking photos from extremely different perspectives. This article will enumerate these ways each with a tip or two to help you in taking pictures of babies at different angles. These steps may go a long way in the industry of baby photography that will shed light to more ideas and improved tips for your signature baby photography skills.

1. Get on Their Level

This is a common rule in baby photography. The best angle is always when you go and level yourself with the baby. This angle is the best angle to do portraits shots and the tip to getting these shots would be by using long lenses like the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM Lens you will be able to create distance from the baby and your camera. This lens works perfectly well with zoom in shots since the feature of the f/2.8 max aperture lets you take photos even in low light and adds on to the shallow depth of field that blurs out the background from the main focus of the photo which is the baby. Getting on their level creates relationship with the baby of seeing them from their level creating that dramatic and personal approach.

2. Over the Shoulder

This angle is one that is rarely thought of but very much a creative one. First, you use a 50mm lens if you have one because this lens, usually called the Nifty Fifty lens, allows you to use a wide aperture allowing more light to come in and lets you avoid the use of a shutter or a flash that would usually startle the baby. Second, using the 50mm f1.8 lens, go down and put your stance to the shoulder of the baby while he/she is sitting down staring at a photo of his/her grandparents or sitting down and figuring out which shape fits the hole on his/her toy. Include a part of the baby in the photo by about ¼ of his/her side but focus on the object that the baby is engaging with.

3. Lie Low

This is also a very common rule in baby photography to get closer and do the extremes to lie down as low as the carpet and shoot from that angle. This will increase your chances of creating creatively focused shots on the baby. One tip for this is to use a wide lens with a large aperture like a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 that would allow you to shoot in low light and captures busy moments that would come out perfectly still and clear without having to use a flash. To get closer, a macro lens like a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G AF-S ED is a good choice because this lens not only brings you a mega zooming feature, but it also has a silent wave motor technology that would allow you to auto-focus silently perfect for sleeping babies.

4. Bird’s Eye View

Lastly, an angle far away is also one to get on the list. Shooting from a distance doesn't take away the emotions or the personal feel because you will still be shooting the baby based on his/her daily routine or interest. From the bird’s eye view, you will be able to get an overview of the activity of the baby like nap time, play time, bath time, etc. By simply getting up and carefully climbing and standing from a stool or a chair or a ladder, you would be able to achieve this. A far away shot requires lots and lots of negative space. Make use of a landscape with the wide sky for the background or a field of grass to create space in your far away photo. By putting the baby in the middle of the photo either holding a group of balloons or a mini umbrella, you would be able to capture great and very creative shots.

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There are two main ways of taking photos of babies, just like a pendulum, it is in extremes. One side is when you decide as a photographer to go all out with the props, the setting, and the pose which are all directed and in place while the other side is when you take photos naturally with everything at its natural state, where there is no need for props or setting up backdrops, and where the poses, smiles, and actions are not directed of some sort; this natural side of the pendulum is the lifestyle photography. Here are 6 tips on how you can achieve those natural photos that no-doubt captures the hearts of your clients.

1. Be Well Equipped for Every Setting

Wide angle prime lens and reflectors are only the basics that you need to be equipped with when take lifestyle photographs. As a photographer, you need to be able to compromise your equipment effectively when choosing to take photos outdoors or indoors or both. This is where macro lenses come in as well. Extreme close ups on details are captured with macro lenses like the latest Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX ED VR Micro that works well under low light and is very fast just so you can capture all those precious moments at a half-seconds notice.

2. The First 10 Days are The Best Days

Baby photography can be very tricky especially when you are trying to capture the natural side of it that is untouched, fragile, and calm. All these can be achieved when the baby is only 10 days old. Usually it is considered that the newborn bracket is from the first to the third month but as a photographer, newborns under the first few days are the most rewarding ones. There is the moment of innocence and calmness since the baby will only be sleeping throughout the whole shoot and also the rare times of the family feeding, caressing, and kissing him/her for the first time.

3. Take Note of the Setting

Before you decide on all the other factors, you must first decide where to take these photos. The house is always the best option because it literally hits home for the family. It will capture more of the natural background and it will insert more emotions and familiarity in the photos. The best part about it is that all your photos will always be different per client since every house is different from the next.

4. Capture Every Single Detail

As I said, details are the most important factors that you need to capture. Talk to the family and know the important things like the quilt made by the great grandma that has stayed with them for years, the family pet, or the baby’s favorite toy. Be mindful of the color palette as well. You would want your photos to come out in a cohesive manner so this is where the light comes in. Natural light is the best light to work with when taking photos of babies. Newborn babies especially. They are very sensitive so light from built-in flash or external flash can irritate them and ruin the setting. Make sure you work fast too. Natural light is limited and it is better to take as many shots as possible to maintain a steady color frame for all you photos.

5. Candid Photos are Perfect

As you focus on the details, you would notice too that the shots you take of the family doing their everyday routine with the baby are the moments worth capturing. Never put down you camera at these moments! Take advantage of these candid situations and capture the raw emotion that will make your clients love the outcome even more.

6. Be Flexible and Positive

Oftentimes, as a photographer, you will have to be patient and flexible to the client’s needs and special requests and you would also have to deal with the natural urges of a baby like when they poop, or puke, or randomly cry. These moments need to be expected and looked upon on a positive note to be able to build strong relationship with not only the baby but also the rest of the family.

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