While newborn photography may be a sheer joy, it may pose some challenges at the same time. Here are some newborn photography tips shared by the professional photographer Alisa Murray at Alisa Murray Photography that will be of tremendous help to you.
Posed or Lifestyle
Newborn photography is of two types – posed (studio) and lifestyle. Both have their own charm. However you should take into consideration what your client wants. If needed, explain to them what both types are and what they expect.
Posed (Studio) Style: This is typically done within the 1st two weeks of baby’s birth because during this period the baby is often very sleepy and also ‘moldable’. Usually props like wraps, blankets, headbands or hats are used in this style. You may take around 4 hours for the session with breaks for feeding, potty and posing. Editing takes its time as well because each image needs to be passed through Photoshop to get a fine end product.
Lifestyle: This is a more casual approach aimed at capturing more natural photos rather than typical posing, though some amount of posing is inevitable. It can be done after 6 weeks of baby’s birth and takes at the most a couple of hours. The best part of lifestyle newborn photos is the amazement of the parents and other family members.
Importance of Breaks
You may feel that the time given to breaks is wasted; but it’s not so. In fact, breaks freshen up the subjects and the freshness reflects in the photos. So, give as much time as needed for feeding, potty etc.
If the session is to be done in the client’s home, you might have to do quite a lot of preparations. You have to collect a lot of stuff and better you do the packing the night before the day of session to avoid missing something. Here are some essentials you should carry with you.
- Your camera and backup camera
- Memory cards
- Backdrop and clamps
- Step stool
- A few toys (if there is an elder toddler in the family, s/he too may join in to spice up the session)
- Posing beanbag for the newborn
- A Boppy pillow
- Space heater
- Props (crates, baskets etc)
- Waterproof pads
- Accessories (headbands, hats etc)
- Light music to mask the startling sound of shutter
Get Onsite Inspiration from the Baby
It’s better to have some poses in your mind, but getting onsite inspiration from the baby always give more appealing photos. Spontaneous and unplanned posing creates some of the most unique work as experienced by many newborn photographers.
Alisa Murray is an internationally famous photographer and you can see her excellent work in the many permanent exhibitions in Houston Texas and Sugar Land Texas hospitals. Newborn photography, maternity photography, 3-month, 6-month, 9-month and 1-year photography are some of her topics of specialization. You can see her superb work on her website and some in this article too.