In a newborn photography session, the biggest issue is often keeping the baby comfortable. A lot of things can surprise them and jolt them up, making it hard to get a still picture of them. Yet, you need to move them around a lot to change props and backgrounds.
What to do?!
Don’t fret, because it is not that hard to ensure a baby is asleep and calm throughout the session. There is no need for a tranquilizer because if you do it right, it works. Most of the time.
Let’s start with where the baby will have his pictures taken. Set the temperature a little warmer than usual 15-20 minutes before the baby’s arrival to make sure that it feels warm inside by the time they enter. On the other hand, you can use a portable heater with low heat that is directed to the props directly. Ensure you are not directly shooting the baby with the heater because some parents dislike this idea.
Prepare a nursery room for the mom to change when needed suddenly. You can alternatively simply separate the room with a curtain and prepare a table and chair where mom can do everything she needs.
Just like how you are surprised when someone places a freezing bottle on your cheek, imagine how the baby feels when you place his naked body on cold blankets. It takes time for it to warm up! Aside from using a portable heater, folding them with hot sacks in the middle will keep the blankets warm and ready for the session. That is how you can get beautiful baby pictures in newborn photography like suekennedy.co.uk.
Alternatively, wipe solid props with a cloth that has been dipped with warm water. Keep in mind that a baby is mostly naked throughout the session so extra warmth is the key.
Another issue with props is that not all props are approved by parents. You have to discuss it with them before using the props to ensure no misunderstanding during the photography session. It’s a good thing to shoot a short video of how you usually take newborn pictures to let clients know your working method. Ensure safety of the props by trying them out first after buying and practicing with it.
How to keep the baby quiet? By keeping the room quiet and not making sudden loud noises that can surprise him. However, too quiet can actually stir the baby up as it is uncomfortable. Solve this by using a background white noise app to help with the baby’s sleep. It is also why some photographers tend to ‘shh’ throughout the session, which actually works as well.
But having an app can prevent you from getting distracted and spitting a lot of water while taking pictures.
When moving the baby, you have to hold the baby the right way. There are positions that should not be used and handling methods that are uncomfortable for the baby. For example, it is best to keep them in a folded pose and not let their head hang loose without a support. During your newborn photography, take care of the baby as if it is one of yours.