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.