As an amateur photographer, one obstacle that’s always been hard to overcome, was finding interesting motifs to shoot. I constantly suffered from what authors would call a writer’s block. But the birth of my niece has put an end to this; finally I have found my super model to work with. Well, actually she’s a bit of a diva.
How To Begin With
- That’s why being prepared is the best advice:
A baby won’t wait for you to set up all props so best thing is to get all stuff in one place beforehand.
- Being prepared is not enough:
So now your camera sits on the tripod, the lights are all on and even the never, ever before used speedlite you’ve spent a few bucks on is finally ready to go. All you need is the baby. But naturally she’s not in the mood for it. You can try but the outcome won’t be very flattering.
- The baby will tell you when it’s time:
A day after the planned photoshoot my niece came to visit again and this time she was wide awake and curious. Not surprisingly, I took the chance for a second shoot which was no problem because everything I needed was still there. (Read first advice.)
- No need to spend money on props:
Since babies that age don’t stand yet, the most natural position you can photograph them in is in a lying position. The good thing is that a single-coloured blanket makes a great backdrop. Just add a toy for some more colour et voilà!
I got my inspiration from a baby magazine where I saw the photo collage of a baby girl, taken every month with the same props. It’s a great way to document how much the baby changes over time.
Of course, there are books on the topic of baby (newborn) photography on the market. Here’s a small selection:
- Robin Long: Natural Newborn Photography: A Guide to Posing, Shooting, and Business (2013)
- Sandy Puc’: Bellies and Babies: The Business of Maternity and Newborn Photography (2013)
- Me Ra Koh: Your Child in Pictures: The Parent’s Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Ten (2013)
- Lena Hyde: The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography: 100 Modern Ideas for Photographing Newborns, Babies, Children, and Families (2013)
PS: Nope, you won’t find my photos here – I didn’t get the model release 😉