Photoshoots have been popular ever since cameras were invented. They help us track the lovely times we’ve had with friends and family, and act as a time machine transporting us back to the wonderful times we had. This is doubly so for babies and their parents.
Today, photos are relatively easy to click, but quality photos are as elusive as ever. Baby shoots are the way to go since an experienced photographer can produce much better results than you (despite any number of filters or megapixels on your camera!).
Here are seven tips to get the most out of your baby photoshoot:
- Make sure the baby is well-rested: Before the photo shoot begins, ensure the baby has rested well. A well-rested baby is better behaved and more amenable to posing and waiting around for the photographer to adjust lens and light.
- Hire a professional: Always go for a professional photographer, no matter how competent you think you (or your friend with the really cool camera) are. A professional knows exactly what you want and also how to handle a baby (remember he would have clicked hundreds of baby photoshoots).
- Excellent camera: Even the best photographer in the world will be limited by their camera. This means one should always select the best camera they can afford when going for a baby photo shoot.
- Good lighting: This proves to be the Achilles heel of photographs. Remember that lighting is an integral part of the photography process as it is the photons that create the picture. This is applicable to both the digital camera and the nearly extinct film camera.
- Attractive props: Choose props that are attractive and which hold a fascination for the baby. Props can be space themes, jungle themes, or themed after a particular show your baby is fond of. While props can be from virtually any theme you chose, the important thing is to choose some classy ones that you can be proud of for years to come.
- Setting: Whether an indoor shoot or an outdoor one, the setting of the shot is a very important detail. Take care to match the setting with your clothes and with the props at hand. Outdoor settings can be a little more difficult (babies do not readily cooperate since they get so easily distracted!), but they are ultimately rewarding for the sheer beauty they impart.
- Baby comfort: Ensure your baby is comfortable throughout the shoot. Address important diaper and feeding issues beforehand. Babies are highly susceptible to mosquitoes, and even one bite can send even the most well-mannered babies into a screaming tantrum. Not only that, mosquitoes can also transfer diseases such as malaria, dengue, or chikungunya in just one bite.
Ensure the safety of your baby by using Goodknight Neem Agarbatti when indoors and applying Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on their clothes when shooting outside. Just four dots of the latter on an article of clothing can keep the surrounding area mosquito-free for up to eight hours.
So follow these tips and have a successful photo shoot with a very happy baby!