Many parents are so caught up in the moment of having a newborn infant that they don’t stop long enough to think to capture the beauty of the moment with professional portraits. Babies grow and change quickly that catching the newborn stage in photos can pass before parents even blink.
Suppose you hope to have your newborn professionally photographed or want to have pictures of your infant as they grow. In that case, there are a few tips that can help you ensure these most precious of stages are celebrated with beautiful professional photography.
Like with any preparation for your baby’s arrival, scheduling a photography secession should take place sooner rather than later. It is advised that you do your research on local photographers and the styles of photographs you like in advance and then make calls to speak directly about their process.
The best time to photograph newborns is between 2 and 10 days of age, so scheduling an appointment with your chosen photographer is essential to getting the photographs during the first two weeks after birth. If you are scheduling for a baby who is not a newborn, there are several milestones that you can consider when scheduling a photo session.
Baby Milestones To Photograph Professionally
The first milestone to capture of your baby is, of course, when they’re newborn. After that point, the next age milestone is between 3 and 4 months. Your baby will grow and change its appearance quickly and right before your eyes, so while this may seem too soon after birth to be considered as a time for professional photographs, it isn’t. The following two stages that you want to capture are at six months and then one year.
Timing Of Photo Session
Newborn babies sleep a lot, which is perfect for your photography goals. Try to schedule a photo session that works best with your baby’s feeding routine to ensure your photographer can take as many different photos and poses as you’d like. If you are scheduling a photo session for an older baby, or one that will include siblings, remember that well-rested and well-fed children make the processes of capturing outstanding photographs easier. Try to time your session after naps and after meals.
Consider Your Personal Aesthetic And Style
Hopefully, you have chosen a professional photographer whose work fits your aesthetic and style. Communicating with your photographer about what poses, themes, and styling you like is essential so that the finished product is one that you cherish for years to come. Remember, less can be more. The show’s star should always be your baby; everything else should complement the moment and not take the focus off of your child.
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