How NOT to Do a Newborn Shoot!
While every newborn photographer has their own style and each person does things slightly differently, there are some important basics to bear in mind when photographing a newborn. Below I take an off-beat look at some of the important things to consider during a newborn shoot by showing you how NOT to do it!
How NOT to do a newborn shoot!
1. Shoot the newborn session in a cold, uninviting place (our model, let’s call her ‘creepy baby’ testing out the garage)
“Excuse the mess. It does get a little cold in winter.”
PS. A well-planned studio is imperative; adequate heating and comfort is crucial. Click here for the free 12-page Newborn Photography Session Checklist.
2. Experiment with dangerous set-ups and poses (creepy baby testing out her flying skills)
“I’ve always wanted to try this; I just didn’t have the courage until now.”
PS. It goes without saying; the well-being of the newborn is of utmost importance.
3. Rush to finish within an hour.
“Can’t wait to get this over so I can watch my daytime soap without distraction.”
PS. Heaps of patience is a vital ingredient in a newborn shoot in order to respect the needs of the newborn and secure the best poses.
4. Go prop crazy.
“I just love my props. So glad I finally have a baby to put them on!”
PS. The goal is to capture the beauty of the newborn; use props tactfully to achieve this objective.
I’ve used humour of an overdone manner to convey some important points. For a more serious look at of the important basics of running a newborn session, see these seven pointers for posing a newborn.
I invite you to view my galleries or peruse the site for articles on all things newborn and baby photography!