Taking on a new challenge to taking newborn pictures? You can be rest assured because if you follow the instructions and tips we have here, your newborn photography London will go smooth and will become a great portfolio to show your future clients!
Be blatant and honest
Tell your client that this is your first time and you are giving your best in your first newborn photography Jacksonville FL session, so while being honest, as much as possible assure them of your skills.
If you are meeting first time parents too, cheers! You can both share in how nerve-wrecking first time can be and share with each other so you can build a positive relationship with them.
Have you ever been involved in taking any newborn pictures before? Or maybe pictures of your baby nephew or siblings? If you had invested a lot of time in taking those pictures, they can serve well as a little portfolio to show your client that you had an interest and the talent to take up the job.
If you want solid, better portfolios, find a job as an assistant in studios that serve newborn photography Jacksonville FL. Working for a few months to a year or two will serve greatly in your portfolio and the clients can be rest assured to know that you know what you are doing.
Prepare and pay extra care
Whether or not you had an experience working under or with someone, if this is your first time taking the job as the main photographer, being extra careful can never hurt. Check your equipment, set if it is done in the studio, schedule, camera and everything that could just go wrong. Parents who just had their babies do not have much time and energy to deal and wait for you to fumble around when they’ve arrived.
The extra care you put is also to provide a comfortable, warm and cozy place for the baby to take pictures. Because the newborn will be half naked to stark naked most of the time, make sure room temperature is suitable so the baby won’t move too much and cry.
Get some props
For starters, you won’t have that much props to use with. If you had a little experience, the safest way is to look for similar props that you are familiar with and use them for your first job. If you have more ideas that you want to try, try them before the photography session, not during. Because you can be compromising the safety of the baby, you should never try any props you are unsure with.
Babies are babies, geez, they make mess and can be very unpredictable! Though newborns (babies age less than 2 weeks) are much easier to take care of, they can still be overwhelming especially because mothers are tired both physically and emotionally. Parents will come ready with their baby’s needs, all geared up and hoping that the baby will be sleeping for the whole newborn photography Jacksonville FL session with Christy Whitehead Photography, but of course, it is wistful thinking that every baby will just sleep through the whole moving.
If there’s a mess, it’s okay, you should expect it, no photographer ever escape from a messy set, so tell the parents to chill out if they feel guilty or bad about it! You should also have some wipers, blankets and other baby basic needs to clean up and help the parents with their new job (if they are first time parents).
If somehow the session has gone much longer than planned (which you definitely need to expect), reschedule for them. Tell them that we can continue the session next time and hopefully everything will go smooth, but don’t get worried too much, it happens sometimes!