Photographing Newborns – Houston TexasJonathan
I was going through my RSS feed in Google Reader earlier today when I came across Jodi's update from MCP actions. I first ran across this video some time ago when I was researching techniques for photographing newborns. I've found photographing newborns to be both challenging and rewarding. There are 50 different social dynamics going on once the photographer arrives. As with anything else, preparation is key.
A lot of times, you have a new mom with her first child. Newborns photograph best within the first 7-10 days of their lives so mom is undoubtedly in super protective mode. This video will help those who aspire to photograph newborns prepare for the very tricky yet incredibly rewarding job. For mom's looking for newborn photography, this video provides a benchmark of what you should expect.
Below are some examples of some of my Newborn Photography work.
Some tips that I personally keep in mind the night before and while driving to the shoot:
1. Send the parents an email ahead of time kindly asking them to have the child fed and comfortable upon your arrival. Often overlooked...
2. Know what 4-5 looks you want to get and stay organized.
3. Build a rapport with the parents. Start a conversation and continue it throughout the shoot. There's something about awkward silence that's...awkward. The more comfortable they are with you, the more relaxed they will be, which allows you to get great shots.
4. Bring Purell! You'll be handling your camera, light stands, props and most importantly the baby. Showing that you are germ concious goes a long way.
5. Relax and have fun.