The stages a human goes through in life from a baby to an adult makes the photographs taken of them during that period in their life precious. As a result of that, it is open to debate that there are few pictures that stand the chance of being more precious to parents than those of their child as a newborn. This is because here, their child was just a tiny human who relied on only them for their daily needs. Looking at these pictures years down the line make those moments seem like they happened just yesterday.
For some baby photographers, capturing these precious moments is not easy but for newborn photography Oxfordshire by Emma Jones it is a piece of cake. Newborns are not like toddlers that are mobile and they are definitely not like older babies that are more active so any coaching or poses suggested by you to them just goes over their head if they are not already asleep. If you find yourself contracted to take new baby photos, then the following tips should be kept in mind:
Wait a maximum of 2 weeks
You might have already heard that the earlier the pictures of the newborns are taken, the easier it will be to retain the newborn look. However, this does not work in a professional environment as a day old child should not be taken to a studio environment as it can be dangerous to their health. Encouraging eager parents to wait for at least 2 weeks will be enough time to get the newborn acclimatized to their new environment away from their mother’s womb and it also gives you a less fussy baby to work with.
Take the picture while they sleep
Probably the best time to get a picture of a newborn is when he or she is asleep. Sleeping is actually the only activity apart from eating you can find them actively engaged in during their early days. If a parent should approach you for your services, then asking about the length of time the child naps in a day and the interval between sleep and awake hours is probably wise. Most parents are likely to know this as it is encouraged that the newborn be put on a schedule but if the do not know this, then having them give a rough estimate should be enough for you to work your shoot around.
Adhere to their schedule
Drawing from the sleeping schedule, most newborns have a timetable set for them by their parents or their parents monitor them and arrange activities around them. When the newborn is hungry, a good cry is what you need to know so if you are in the process of a shoot and this happens, allow the parents to do what they need to do otherwise, you will find yourselves with angry parents and displeased clients.
Chances are during a majority of the shoot, the child will be asleep and it will be up to you to get the poses done for the shoot. Make sure that you have warm hands not cold and you need to be gentle not to disturb them.