Newborn or Baby Photography is literally one of the most precious and rewarding types of photography sessions that a photographer is honored to shoot. If you are ever asked to photograph one of these sessions, I can give you a few pointers that I wish someone had told me the first few go-arounds.
If you are asked to come into a hospital room for Knoxville Newborn Photography, and you can’t control the environment around you, be prepared for a short and sweet photo shoot with these little ones. They are just hours old and still not sure what is going on in this big outside bright world. They get cold quickly and just want to sleep and be left alone, but don’t fear, you can still capture some amazing shots if you have a plan and work quickly.
I prefer to go to the home where the parents and baby are comfortable and the environment can be controlled. You will want to prep the parents as well, and give them some important instructions to help things go smoothly.
Instructions for the Parents:
1)Choose a well-lit room in the house for the photoshoot to take place, with lots of natural flowing light. Large windows or sliding glass doors are great.
2)Free that room of any clutter and get it photo ready
3)Instruct the parents to feed the baby 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to the photo session. This will help the baby have a full tummy but it can also give the baby time to have a diaper change before you get started
4)Have any clothes, blankets and props laid out and ready
5)Have spare diapers, burp cloths, pacifiers and bottle ready in case the baby becomes fussy
6)Make sure mom and dad both have an extra set of clothes readily available just in case baby has an accident on them (they always do!)
7)This last one is the most uncomfortable but also the most important for Knoxville Baby Photography: Turn the HEAT ON. No matter the season or time of day, these newborn babies hate to be cold and hot temperatures are an absolute must to keep the baby happy.
8)Both you and the parents should a lot at least 2-3 hours for these sessions which will give spare time for in-between feedings, cleanups and diaper changes.
Once you have prepped the parents, now you prep yourself. You want to be able to show up confident and well prepared for each shoot. You may still run into hurdles along the way, but hopefully the following tips will help you get started.
1)Prepare your camera bag with an extra memory card, battery and all the lenses you need.
2)Bring extra warm, soft and fuzzy blankets that will be used as props and backdrops and remember that sometimes these little ones have accidents so make sure you have extras just in case.
3)Don’t forget your clamps to secure your blankets and backdrops in place
4)Take smaller blankets or soft fabric for swaddling (wrapping the baby burrito-style)
5)Bring along any cute baby hats or props you may have lying around, including any cloth diapers or diaper covers if you have them.
6)Dress very light as the room should be very warm for the complete comfort of the baby (you WILL sweat!)
After you arrive and get things set up, ask parents to play some soft and calming music, or if they don’t have any, you can download an app on your phone (I use an app called “Relax Melodies” which is great). Now it’s time to get started so have fun! And remember, the baby is the one in control of this Knoxville Newborn Photography session! Don’t stress and stay calm… Baby Photography is challenging but also very rewarding.