Let’s face it, photographing newborns is often challenging if it’s the initial session or maybe you’re relatively new to newborn posing.
Finding out the best way to photograph babies can be a skill that takes time and lots of practice to learn. Patience is definitely a necessity. Even experienced newborn photographers have babies reach the studio merely to scream and cry the entire time. Regretably, it has happened to the best of us. Take it on the chin and keep trying.
Let the following tips become your newborn posing guidebook in excel in capturing wonderful baby pictures.
Newborn Posing Tip #1 – Be All Set
Set up your room ahead of time. I typically use 3 blankets/fabrics and three floor setups. I pull all the hats, scarves, hairpieces, etc., from my stash and compare them up to the fabrics I chose. I carry out the same process for any floor setup. I fit containers, crates, and bowls in a line against the wall. Once I have things set up, I like to visualize the session and jot down my newborn picture according to the flow of how I want the session to go. Working through the newborn photos inside my mind assists in staying focused and centered.
Newborn Posing Tip #2 – Happy Baby
The vital ingredient towards an exceptional newborn photography session is truly a satisfied, warm, well fed, young newborn. The space temperature should be set between 80 and 85 degrees. Keep a space heater beside the prop for heat and a hair dryer blowing in the background for white noise and comfort of the newborn. For my own tranquility, I love to have gentle relaxation music strumming in the background.
Ensure that the baby is well fed and burped prior to trying any newborn baby poses. Gas can certainly lead to distress and produce a very miserable baby. Newborn babies photograph best around the first two weeks of life. My choice is between 5 to 7 days shortly after birth. Mom’s milk sets in and the newborn is ready to falls into a milk coma!
Newborn Posing Tip #3 – Newborn Poses Newborn Photographer
I start with the fabric/blanket poses. Babies like tummy time so it’s easy to get those precious curled up poses (it reminds them of being balled up tight in mommy’s tummy). Quick tip: learn to master one pose at a time. It’s particularly alluring to do every pose you observe other photographers doing; even so, become skilled at methods to photograph newborns in your most loved pose initially and start building your posing around it. With each pose I obtain, I photograph the baby nude, next put on a hat, eliminate the hat and include a scarf or wrap. Take full advantage of the poses you can get so that you can deliver to your client a variety of images to select. By simply shooting 3 photos with different components in the exact same pose, I have just created a number of newborn poses that my client can narrow down.