New-Born Photography Part 1

New-Born Photography Part 1

New-born photography is quite possibly one of the cutest forms of imagery that there is! As cute as it may be, there is a certain skill that goes behind mastering these types of images on a new-born baby shoot.

It’s one thing to photograph landscapes or pose adults who take instruction, but working with something as fragile and unpredictable as a new-born baby can bring out the anxiety in even the most skilled of photographers. Experience really will be your best friend here, but everyone has to start somewhere don’t they? So, we’re going to be giving you guys a bit of insight on how to get yourself started with the new-born crowd.

We know some of you will be thinking about this, but no, we don’t mean the new-born vampires from Twilight. Riley and Victoria won’t come knocking for an appointment, but you’ll still have your work cut out for you with the cute little guys (and gals) that we’re talking about. So, you might want to grab a notepad for this one to jot a few things down that we touch upon today. So, here we go…

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Tip #1: Safety First – First things first and that’s the safety element when shooting new-borns. The list can get quite extensive for tips on new-born safety, but in general, use your common sense. Never bring in any hard or sharp objects as props. Never place your new-born on high or unsteady surfaces without a spotter and realise that some of your favourite photos of new-borns are actually composite images. So, the lesson here is to be sensible, and don’t do anything extreme which will put the little one at risk. If need be, you can add elements into the image and alter it a little during the post-processing element of the process after the real-life images have been taken.

Introducing personal elements into your images is part of what makes them so special, however, not every prop/ surface that you see in new-born photography are stable nor safe. So, this is how new-born photographers achieve their photography results without having to sacrifice those beloved props or surfaces…

The camera is usually placed on a tripod. This means that the composition of the image will not shift. This is essential for what we’re about to tell you. One photo will be taken of the prop on its own and then another with the baby on top of the prop and someone supporting the little tot from behind, ensuring that they are safe. With a little Photoshop magic, the images are merged and you’ll have a composite image where the helping hand at the back of the photo has been removed and any touch ups of the prop can be taken from the first image. Simple, but super cool!

Tip #2: Camera Gear – Contrary to what you may be thinking, you don’t have to splash out on fancy lenses or anything of the sort for new-born photography. In fact, what a lot of photographers don’t know is that you should be able to capture amazing new-born and baby photography results with almost any camera and lens if you simply learn the proper lighting, creativity, and camera angles for new-born photography. Surprised? Yeah, we are too!

Of course, your camera equipment itself will vary, but it’s not going to be necessary for you to invest tonnes of money into another type of camera specifically for new-born photography. There will be a tonne of reviews online in regards to what model of camera that people have found to be the best for this kind of thing, but that’s just a matter of opinion and you only have to purchase new equipment if you want to. It’s by no means essential for new-born photography.

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Tip #3: Comfort Is Key – In new-born photography, you are generally going for two looks, peacefully sleeping or awake and happy. If the baby is uncomfortable, you’ll run the risk of a studio admitting defeat to a baby’s cry, or just general awkwardness from the little one. This will make things much more distressing and difficult for everyone involved in the shoot (including the parents).

You should also consider wearing gloves if you typically have cold hands or it’s a really cold day outside. A cold touch will not be settling for a new-born baby and may set them off. Also, it’s not a bad idea to consider the room temperature itself. For a new-born baby photo shoot, the studio should be nice and warm to keep the baby feeling comfortable during the session.

Tip #4: Time Frame – Did you know that there is actually an ideal window (as in time frame) for new-born photography? This is typically within the first 14 days after they’ve been born. Any time after this the session is slightly different and will be classed as baby photography, then child photography and so forth. New-born babies are typically easier to work with during this time because they sleep for most of the day (ahh the bliss). They are also the easiest to adjust during this time-frame. Consider taking advising your clients to have their baby’s photos taken after his/ her umbilical cord has fallen off (which is typically after 5 days or so).

Tip #5: Basic Poses – Being creative is a large part of being a new-born photographer, but as well as being creative, it’s just as important to capture the most basic styles of shot too! You should always start with the basics and move towards the more advanced photos just in case the baby becomes a little awkward to work with half way through. With new-born babies, a practical approach with endurance as the aim is definitely the way to go. You’ll be more likely to be able to finish the shoot.

Some of the simpler poses within new-born photography are; the back pose (where they lay on their back), the pose where they lay on their side, either looking sleepy or happy and cheeky into the camera ideally. The tummy pose is also pretty cute and sometimes the parents don’t mind if their little bottom is featured within the image. The smaller details such as the hands and feet are often photographed on their own as a close up shot.

Couples who are either engaged or newly married could also include their rings in this photo shoot. We’ve seen images before where the wedding rings are placed on the big toe of the bubba in a small stack. These are typically included in close up shots, but it’s up to you what ideas you float by your client and what they decide to go for.

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Have you enjoyed part 1 of our new-born photography related article? We’d like to think so and don’t worry we’ll be back a little later on this week with the next part so, stay tuned for that! Why not check out some of our other articles while you wait here at Weddit?

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