From the moment your baby’s born, there’s no doubt you think she’s one of the cutest beings that was ever created.
Your baby’s first photo shoot, however, can still turn out a handful of less-than-cute photos if you’re not prepared… but how do you get ready for a great set of baby pictures?
Best Toddler Pictures: Get Prepared for the Shoot
How should moms or dads prep for a toddler shoot?
Pregnancy Decoded turned to Southern Oklahoma Photographer, Karen Cooper, for her tips on getting the best shots of your new baby and the toddler years.
First, Karen shared some great tips on getting ready for the best possible photo session. Karen says, “Make sure they have a good nap before the session. This will help ensure that they will be awake and in a good mood. Also make sure they have had something to eat before the session. Get them really excited about their photo shoot. Tell them how fun it will be; really build anticipation. Be sure and come straight from your home to the session. Bring your child’s favorite toy. Make sure you are dressed and ready for a photo shoot, because sometimes children get fearful of everyone looking at them and sense something is different. You can hold them and comfort them. This will capture great connection between you and your child. Toddlers are unpredictable and being prepared beforehand can make things run a lot smoother.”
Baby Photos: Posing Problems
Decoded Pregnancy asked Karen what she finds as her biggest challenge for posing babies, and how moms can make the photographer’s job easier during the shoot. She responded, “Like toddlers, babies are unpredictable. For newborns, if the child has been asleep all day and is hungry when they get to session, it can be a very stressful photo shoot. Make sure your newborn is fed and full right before the session. Keeping them awake as much as possible (before the session) can make our jobs easier.
Newborns need to be asleep during the entire session. If they are wide awake, sometimes they can be very wiggly and it makes it very difficult to capture them. Being in their natural state, which is asleep, is the very best way to capture newborns. For babies three months and older you do want them awake and alert. So, making sure your baby is full and is alert right before the session can result in a happy photo shoot.”
Babies and Toddlers: Portrait Backgrounds
Decoded Pregnancy asked Karen to describe the best backgrounds for baby and toddler photos. She explained, “I am a natural light photographer, so I prefer an outside setting, with the most beautiful light as possible. I do have a studio for newborns/babies. I prefer to have solid backgrounds and not too many props. It’s more about the subject then it is on all the other stuff. Less busy, the better.”
Professional Portraits of Infants and Toddlers: Photo Shoots Don’t Have To Be Painful
If your last photo shoot with the kids ended in tears for both you and your kids, don’t worry. With these tips, you and your babies will have less struggle and better results during photo shoots; giving you both beautiful images you can treasure for years to come.© Copyright 2013 Alina Bradford, All rights Reserved. Written For: Decoded Parenting