Babies and toddler are way smarter than grownups. Adults seem to have their priorities solidly crooked. In order to get good results from baby photography you have to understand how a newborn or toddler thinks. Life is an adventure, there is always something new to be discovered. And there is no time like the present to discover what your toes taste like, or learn what happens when you pull mom’s earring.
Baby photography, and toddler photography, for that matter is a rather specialised thing, requiring a lot of patience. The photographer has to conduct the shoot at baby’s pace! Get the shots quickly before the little ones start to get bored, and work with their moods to get the best results from baby photography.
When your baby is still very small baby photography presents a number of challenges, for example she might not be able to sit yet or even smile. Certain props (like a big cosy teddy bear) can help with baby photography as it gives your little one something to lean against. Some bubbles or colourful toys are also useful for getting their attention. Something else that works like magic is a feather duster – it’s ticklish and has an interesting texture.
For older babies and toddler photography it is important to give the kids the space to be themselves if you really want good results. You want to capture natural moments that really show your children’s personalities. Over coaching the shots only hinders the spontaneity of the results.
Avo’s Photographers are trained to get the best results for your baby photography and toddler photography. Our baby photo ideas get the whole family involved in the fun. Not only will you all be able to spend some good quality time together, but this also allows us to get really good baby photographs within a short space of time before the little ones get bored or grouchy. Avo is also equipped to handle different lighting setups should your baby not respond well to the flash lighting system.
Baby Photography tips and ideas for your shoot:
Book your shoot for the time of day when your baby or toddler is most alert and in his best mood. Generally we have found this to be somewhere between 9 o’clock and 11 o’clock in the morning. Keep this in mind when booking your shoot.
Make sure your baby or toddler has eaten before the shoot – there’s nothing like being hungry to put you in a bad mood.
Bring along some of your child’s favourite toys and teddies. It is always good to have props to get babies attention even if the props are not in the final shots.
No matter what people tell you it is definitely possible to get great baby photography if you know the tricks. Even newborn babies can be photographed very successfully. And especially if you want to document your baby’s growth you will want to start as early as possible. Some of our clients have even started as early as pregnancy – from bump, to baby, to toddler.