Baby Photographer Tricks and Tips
Photographing babies can be a grueling task. Children are pretty much like animals when it comes to their unpredictability during a photo shoot. The job of the photographer requires patience and creativity, not just in taking the photographs but also in keeping the baby entertained, comfortable and occupied.
There are several tips and tricks in keeping the baby or babies happy during a photographic session but these are not surefire ways and you need to understand that children, especially babies can not be reasoned with.
Be Flexible And Patient
If you are intent on photographing babies, one thing that you nee dot have is flexibility. Not all babies are the same; therefore, you can not expect one baby to do the same thing as the other baby just did.
A photographer specializing in babies needs to understand that babies are individuals who have minds of their own who act purely out of instinct. Along with flexibility, a photographer also needs to be patient. Babies have a very short attention span, which is why you need a lot of toys and entertaining tidbits to keep them happy and otherwise occupied. A bored baby either goes to sleep or looks for something to do.
The parents also need to be present during the photo shoot in order to tend to the babies when they get grumpy or needs something. Parents can also help to make the babies more cooperative since they have a clear idea of what their child likes and might react to.
It will also help if the photographer gets to know both the baby and the parents before starting the photo session. This not only gives the photographer time to assess the baby but also get to know the baby and the parents as well.
Spending some time with the baby before the photo session will also help the baby get used to the photographer's voice and face. Some babies react negatively to strangers which is why it is best to make the photographer more familiar before starting nay interaction between the baby and him.
This is best done in the studio or area where the picture taking session will happen. Familiarizing the baby with the baby photographer and the photography equipment will help prevent any feelings of panic and strangeness on the part of the baby.
A baby photographer needs to be prepared for any eventuality that could happen with a baby in a photo shoot. In spite of this preparedness, there are always some things that you are just not able t foresee especially when it comes to babies.