Baby Photography: Preparing For a Moment That Will Last a Lifetimeews
The first few weeks after a new baby arrives are an incredibly emotional time for parents, and many decide to capture those joyful first days through a baby photography session. Indeed, a newborn photoshoot is the ideal way to celebrate the new addition to your family, ensuring you can relive that special new parent feeling again and again.
With that being said, in order to get the best possible results, it is advisable to take certain practical steps to make life easier for your chosen baby photographer. In this blog post, we look at the ways that parents planning newborn photography in Auckland can prepare their infant for the occasion.
The Right Time and Location
As a general rule, the best time for infant photography is in the period between 3 and 14 days after the birth. At this age, babies tend to sleep a lot, while it is also before colic begins, which is ideal when you consider that your baby photo shoot could last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. However, the vast majority of baby photographers will be perfectly willing to take photos of older babies as well, so don’t panic.
When choosing a location, most parents opt for their own home and this makes sense, because items like toys and bottles are at hand. Moreover, it is usually relatively easy to get rooms to the optimum temperature of around 22-24 degrees, and to find a well-lit room, which is better for both the baby and photographer.
Nevertheless, some parents opt instead for an outdoor location, or a studio. In such instances, it is recommended that parents arrange their outdoor infant photoshoot for a warm day, where wind is minimal, or choose a studio which is reasonably close to home and near a supermarket, in case any last minute purchases are required.
Clothes Choices and Equipment
Parents often decide to have their infant wearing their birth suit, although this is not always the case. Therefore, it is important for parents to discuss their choice of clothing and accessories with the baby photographer prior to the session, to make sure they are suitable. Crucially, clothing should be easy to put on and take off, and bright patterns are best avoided. After all, you want the focus of the shoot to be your baby, rather than its clothes.
In terms of equipment, the most crucial items are a bottle, nappies, wipes, a waterproof changing mat and a blanket. A rattle and a pacifier are also likely to be helpful, and if your baby is slightly older, it may be wise to bring a few of their favourite toys, or a book to keep them entertained.
Babies all react differently to an infant photoshoot and it is essential to be prepared for different situations. For instance, it can sometimes be difficult to get a baby to look at the camera and smile, so the parent(s) may be encouraged to stand with the photographer and try to attract their child’s attention.
Choosing Your Photographer
When picking your photographer, it is important to choose widely. Try to find a photographer who specialises in infant photography, or who has plenty of experience in the field. Photographing newborn babies requires a lot of patience and professionalism, so these qualities are absolutely paramount.
You should feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your photographer. Many baby photographers will be able to provide accessories like blankets, baskets and boxes, which can really enhance your photoshoot, but you will need to let them know in advance. Finally, remember that this is a moment you will be able to look back on forever, so try to enjoy the experience as much as you can.