Baby photography is something of challenge that not everyone can take professionally. We all are fond of babies; it might be your younger brother or sister, your own baby or a client’s baby. Besides having excellent photography skills, it is also necessary to create a bond between you and the little angel/ devil you are going to take photos of. Smile at them often and don’t bug them off, if they got a slight hint of you prying into their privacy, they might get offended. So be very careful before stepping in!
To follow are some suggestions which will help you take great baby photos:
The amount of light falling on a baby’s face should be moderate. Too much light is going to disturb him and too little is not of any help for photography. You can use light from windows or play with the flash option of your camera. Daylight is the best to expose a baby in, this will help enhance the baby’s personality and also help in getting rid of extra aid.
Babies with Elders
Taking babies’ snaps does not mean you forget about the elders. There is no harm in including them. In fact an elder’s arms help in getting better poses. If you highlight the bond between the baby and parents or other elders, it is necessary that you keep the focus on them both. Always remember that a photo that reveals affection gets noticed the most.
Usually baby photos are taken as close-ups. Therefore, it is necessary to you use focal lengths from 80-100mm. Wider angle lenses are used when you need to take portrait or cover every part of the body.
Seizing the Moment
All baby pictures have one thing in common and that is cuteness. However the most important thing from a photographer’s point of view is to capture the right moment. Babies are unpredictable and it is difficult to see them with the expressions you want, so be patient and click the shot when you feel that you don’t want to miss that moment.
Professional photographers keep the focus on ‘real’ subject. Although babies in any photo are the most attractive element but if there is something else such as a toy or an electronic gadget the focus is divided. So make sure the environment justifies your baby!
Reach their Eye Level
Taking pictures at the level of a baby’s eyes will help in showcasing his moods and expressions. In this way you can depict their curiosity and see how they respond to different objects they see. Not to forget, it’s a photography rule too.
Prepare Them For the Photo
When we have a photo session looming we get prepared. Try to get a decent hair style and clean the body parts. We know that babies can’t do all this at their own. It is your duty to clean any mucus or dried milk on his face.
Find the Right Angle
Babies look good from any angle but there is one best side you should focus on. First get them into the desired pose you want. You can take multiple photos from different angles and then compare them to find the better ones.
Whenever you are taking photos of babies, don’t forget that those little beings are more precious than any photo in the world. Don’t endanger them by making them stand in awkward poses or places.
Taking baby photos has different requirements as compared to conventional photography. Not only should a photographer focus on his/her professional responsibilities but s/he also need to have a caring sense for the baby.
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