Baby Photography isn’t always easy, part of the reason for this is that babies have very short attention spans. The following article on photographing babies will help with some useful tips on getting the baby’s attention. Send away for your guide now for many more tips like this.
In Baby Photography Christchurch most successful images are created by ensuring that the moment at which the shutter is pressed is the same moment as you capture the baby’s attention.
There are obviously many good baby shots taken when this is not the case, and you have just captured them as they play, this is fine too, but you will often have to wait much longer than if you take the ‘attention grabbing’ approach.
Use a small squeaky toy to catch the attention of the baby immediately before pressing the shutter; you will get some excellent expressions with this. Don’t over use it though or it loses its effectiveness. It’s by far most effective the first time you use it. What you will find is you get a look of surprise and inquisitiveness the first time they hear it and often a smile on the next couple of times, then it starts to wear thin, so use sparingly!
Another tip you may find useful when photographing babies is to place a small squeaky toy in your shirt pocket, then each time you hit your chest it squeaks!
Here’s another, slightly more controversial tip for getting attention, it works nearly every time for me, but may sound a little unusual, so again be careful.
Using a very soft fluffy toy it is often possible to get the attention of even a stubborn baby by suddenly and unexpectedly placing the toy against the baby’s face and moving the toy gently, just for an instant and then pulling the toy away. This tactile approach startles the child and most certainly gets attention. You will get a variety of instant reactions and potential expressions using this approach.
You must however check it out first with the parents to ensure they are ok with it. Used in the right way, gently and with tact it can be a saviour! If you feel uncomfortable about using it you could ask mum or dad to do it for you, instructing them that they must pull the toy out of shot very quickly, and you must be ready.
Here’s another. Have a screen (you could use a reflector screen) beside you and lift a funny toy over the top in ‘Punch and Judy’ fashion. This too almost always works, especially with children from 12 months to 3 years.
One of the most effective ways I’ve found of attracting the attention of a very young child is with a toy bubble maker. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and available at most toy stores, although I recommended that you avoid the ones shaped like guns because some parents may object to their use!
A bubble maker operates on a simple mixture of soap and water, or a pre-mixed solution can be purchased. The bubbles not only distract the child and elicit a happy expression, but by aiming the bubble maker the child can be enticed into looking the direction you want them too. The bubbles can be directed out of the frame if you do not want bubbles in the shot, or used as an added feature.
We will go to any lengths! Ask mum to hit you on head from behind with a soft toy. Sounds violent, but watch kids who watch a Tom and Jerry cartoon, what gets most laughs from the children?
Yet another Baby Photography tip for you, which seems so obvious when you hear it but so few baby photographer use it…a feather on the end of a long cane. Yes you guessed right, tickle babies feet!
This works for me on more than 50 % of occasions.
When asked how often to photograph babies, I usually reply with – ‘frequently’. They don’t stay young for long so make sure you get plenty of shots.
Photographs are memories, and when its a baby we all want to remember what they were like when young. This sounds basic, but its a great tip; always have a camera close to hand when in the same room as your baby. This obviously only applies to parents and caregivers, not so much to newborn baby photographer.
Babies have this knack of posing at the least expected times and if you need to go get the camera equipment chances are you’ve lost the moment. A good rule of thumb is to try to use natural light as much as possible, however if not available you can use flash, just be aware that it can annoy some babies.
I’ve found though, that after a dozen or so shots the baby starts to get used to the flash. Always make sure the baby looks comfortable and is warm.
As mentioned previously its almost a must that when photographing babies that mum or dad is always present. They can so often help you get that smile or cute look that makes a winning image.
Parents and carers or other relatives will more than likely wish to be involved in some of the shots too, so keep your options open, this is the type of port douglas photography more than any other, which creates wonderful and loving memories.
Finally on this topic, it’s amazing how many farmyard animals I’ve learned to sound like! My clucking like a farmyard chicken almost always grabs attention; again you need to be quick. Learning the techniques and good practice of Baby Photography is both challenging and fun!