For a 33 year old that doesn’t have any children, I sure do know a lot about babies! Baby photography! I’ve been a baby photographer for over 13 years. They’re my specialty, my joy, and my life.
When I started toddler photography I needed to learn how to hold a baby, soothe a baby, remain calm, and familiarize myself with facial expressions. I would often look at them and think, “I wonder why they’re smiling like that”. Then you hear a sound… from the diaper… a wet sound. I imagine parents, other photographers, and everyone who works with babies can relate to this.
After a few years of newborn photography, I decided to create a guide to help new photographers and parents alike to help prepare for the photo shoot if the photo shoot takes place at the clients home. All my toddler photo shoots are taken at my clients’ homes because it’s the most comfortable place for a growing family.
Without further ado, here is the manual born in my frequently asked questions about Satellite Beach Rat Removal a toddler photography shoot…
1. When should we schedule the newborn photo shoot? Schedule your newborn photography shoot over the first two weeks of the due date. This is only a tentative date and will likely vary depending on the baby’s arrival. For those who have a C-section then the date is pretty set unless the baby comes early.
It’s ideal to capture babies around 5-14 days while they sleep and have the newborn look. Having said that, there are no guarantees with newborns. They do what they please. I have done photo shoots at 6 days. Some cooperate and some do not. I’ve done photo shoots 4 weeks. Some cooperate and some don’t. In any event, they’re all wonderful!
2. What happens if my baby is late? Contact your photographer and play the date by ear. If the infant is early, do not worry about contacting your photographer immediately. Enjoy the new member of your loved ones! Contact them over the next few days and let them know that your baby is here.
3. What temperature should the house be? The day of the photo shoot I suggest to have the home at a excellent warm temperature. We will be sweating but the baby will be comfortable. You might not want the heat on during summer though. The little ones don’t like to be too hot or too cold.
Bear in mind that most of the poses will be of their baby in their diaper, nude, or whatever you discussed with your photographer. Walk around your home and think about the settings/backdrops that might work out best concerning lighting. Normally, photographers like to set up in the room with the most natural light. But also important rooms like the nursery, your bedroom, the living room, and the yard if it is a wonderful day.
4. Try and time it so that you’re almost done with the feeding or fully done by the time the photographer arrives. A happy baby equals a sleepy baby. Sleepy babies are amazing! Also, remember that we might feed the baby a little out their schedule to keep them calm.
, wrap them up in a blanket, then begin to feed them.
5. What can I do if my baby is sleepy right before the photo shoot? Sometimes your baby will be asleep before we arrive and prior to the feeding. Try to keep them up by changing them or perhaps a nice bath. You want your baby to be tired during the photo shoot, not until
6. The length of time would all depend on the photographer and the baby. I have completed newborn photo shoots in one hour and upwards of 4 hours. If the infant is awake during the photo shoot, it’s OK! Photos of your baby awake and alert are magical!
7. What Happens should I have prepared and does the photographer bring any? Most of the props and hats that I personally use in my photography shoots belong to the infant. The picture will hold a different meaning if you make use of your own hats, blankets, books, and/or additional props. In addition, don’t forget all of the gifts that you baby will receive. Using gifts from families and friends makes these photographs extra special.