How to Photograph a Newborn for Great Pictures
It is one thing to ask adults for poses or capture landscapes and completely different thing to work with a newborn baby. Newborn photography comes with a lot of anxiety. We have compiled some tips to get you started with this. Let’s get into it.
1. Safety Comes First
Safety should be the first concern when it comes to baby photography. Undoubtedly, an extensive list could be prepared on newborn safety tips. For now, all you need now is that you have to be extra careful with them. Just strike out all the sharp props from your list. And never place the baby on some unsteady and high surfaces without a spotter.
For example, if you want to shoot a baby lying on guitar. Start with, setting your camera on the tripod to ensure the composition of images doesn’t shift. Take a picture of the guitar and another picture of the newborn with someone securely holding the baby when he/she is lying on the guitar. Merge both the images with a little photoshop magic.
2. Get the Basic Poses First
Creativity plays a large part for newborn photographers, but getting the must-have or basic shots is crucial. It is highly recommended to start from basic and eventually move towards advanced photos. Here are few basic shots that you should click before moving to complex, difficult and time-consuming photographs.
- The Back Pose
- The Tummy Pose
- The Side Pose
- The Small Details
3. Be Ready with your Creative Props
Creative props make a huge difference between an amateur and professional photographer. You don’t have to buy expensive props for the newborns. Most of the props are available at local craft stores or sometimes at home. In order to inculcate new ideas into the photography, you can include parent’s hobbies, favourite colours, culture and overall personalities.
4. Don’t Miss out on colour Coordination
Try to figure out the complementary and analogous color combinations that go together. Having a prior idea in mind about the colours that will perfectly match in the backdrops will save immense time.
5. Make use of Window Light and Reflectors
With newborn photography, you don’t have to go for too fancy lightning. All you need to have is a large window and a Westcott 5 in 1 Reflector to fill your shadow.
6. Show some Flexibility with the Newborn
Agree or not but newborn babies have their own schedule. So, whenever they get fussy, let them take their time and wait. At times, you will spend 4 hours on a shoot where the newborn will cry the entire time. And suddenly you will get the best shots within the last 20 minutes. The shoot duration and time will depend on your wardrobe changes, scene setups but mostly on flexibility.
7. Get your hand into Post Production
This post-production will need light efforts than other photography types. It is recommended to use tasteful black, fades and white effects. Also, learning some advanced Photoshop and retouching techniques will help.
With some creative props, carefully planning and safe executions, you will come away with some good images. So, before the big day arrives, grab your camera and click some amazing shots.