Newborn photography is a very unique and specialized area due to the various factors that only apply to these newly born babies. They have special needs that must be kept in mind by both the photographer and the parents to ensure that the session can be as ideal as possible. Knowing these factors and advising clients of the best steps to take in advance will go a long way towards obtaining the pictures that are sure to melt the hearts of all that receive them.
One of the best ways to get amazing pictures of a newborn infant is to plan to take them while the baby will be sleeping. Fortunately, infants sleep the vast majority of the day as their bodies are developing so quickly that they need an extreme amount of rest to allow this to occur.
The flip side is that infants wake rather frequently for meals and diaper changes as well. This can be rather difficult to plan around, especially since their schedules can literally change every few days. Allowing ample time for the session to ensure that baby will be sleeping during some point will reduce the stress that can come with trying to get the best pictures.
A baby that has been fed and changed recently will be the most accomodating during a newborn photography session. Most infants will soil their diapers during or shortly after a feeding session. Being patient with this is absolutely essential. A newly born baby will not work around anyone else’s schedule and understanding this will eliminate the desire to rush the process. Planning the session to take an hour or longer will give everyone the time that they need to make baby as comfortable as possible for each pose and result in absolutely adorable pictures that are worth flaunting.
A fed baby is the most likely to sleep through constant movement and changes in position. Babies are absolutely resilient and can sleep through almost anything. This is especially true when all of their personal needs have been met. With that said, there is always the chance that baby will be having an off day and simply will not cooperate. Planning for this is ideal. Setting up two different times for pictures before any session occurs will ensure that newborn pictures will be taken on time, even if baby is not up to it during the first session’s time.
It is also best to plan the entire shoot before it begins. Working directly with the parents to plan out outfits, poses and props will reduce stress levels for everyone when the time comes to take the pictures. This can even be done before the baby is born. The more planning that is done in advance the smoother the process will be when the time comes.
There are few things that are more precious than a newborn baby. This is why it has become so popular to get the cutest images of them possible shortly after they are born. The more that is known about how to accomplish this before hand the better the results will be.