Adventures in baby photography

As photographers we've all been told we need to find our "niche". I've been trying very hard to find that "niche" for quite some time now.

For a while I thought it was food, then I went through what I call my "puppy phase". (I wrote a couple of articles on that, here on the Dreamstime blog) That was a certainly a fun and profitable adventure.

Then three months ago, I was asked to photograph a three month old boy. I'll be honest and say I really wasn't prepared. The technical aspects of the resulting pictures were good but I really had no clue as to how pose a baby of that age. Now, I've certainly photographed babies before, besides my own, and had some beginners luck a with a very sleepy content baby a couple of years ago. But I've never really taken the time to research the best ways to handle, soothe, pose or photograph babies. I kind of figured it would be just like photographing puppies, and thought that having raised three of my own was plenty of experience. Boy I was wrong about that. After that frustrating session I started researching the art of photographing babies and became determined to get it right the next time.

Last month I once again had a three month old in my studio. This time I was prepared, beanbag, boppi, hats, blankets, heaters, white noise and more. To my own surprise I had more fun than I could have possibly imagined. Mom, baby and I spent a wonderful morning on the floor in my studio fussing over baby and taking pictures.

I loved every second of it. I even managed to get the little guy asleep (using my very own secret trick) even though mom said it absolutely wouldn't be possible. The resulting pictures turned out great and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next baby, specifically a newborn.

Since then I've offered to do my first three newborn sessions for free with a signed model release form, in order to help build my baby portfolio. I've redecorated my studio and stocked up on newborn hats, blankets and loads of other goodies. I've read everything I could possibly find on the art of newborn photography, I've studied the poses, I think I'm as ready as can be which is important because my first two newborn sessions are scheduled for this week. I'm excited, eager and a little nervous. I'm also confident.

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January 27, 2011

Hannamariah

Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the nice comments and the wishes of good luck.
My first newborn session went well, two and a half hours, three short feedings, four accidents and lots of time spent soothing baby into a deep sleep. Posing was harder than I thought. We tried the hammock but that didn't work too well, I will talk about that more later.

Pictures turned out really good, the parents are thrilled with the results. Pictures are currently waiting to be approved here. You can see a sneek peak on Facebook.

January 26, 2011

Airn

Beautiful, I will follow you on Facebook

January 24, 2011

Kk8737

Beautiful shots

January 24, 2011

Littledesire

Your photos are great! Keep going! ;)

January 24, 2011

Laurasinelle

Lovely photos! Wish you many sales!

January 24, 2011

Sobek85

nice shots there

January 24, 2011

Karenkh

Great photos! Good luck on your first baby sessions!

January 24, 2011

Ongchangwei

Nice photo.

January 24, 2011

Scottysally2

Beautiful shots! Cute models, wish you luck in your niche. :)

January 24, 2011

Trottola

Wow, wonderful pictures! It seems you have always been working with young children! Congratulations ang good luck for a future full of young models ;)

January 24, 2011

Picstudio

Cute shots.

January 23, 2011

Bradcalkins

Fun!

January 23, 2011

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing... Your images are great, have good luck with them.

January 23, 2011

Rosedarc

Beautiful shots! You're doing so well in so many areas I'm not sure you need a specific niche - it's an advantage to be versatile, isn't it?
Good luck with this new exploration, I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with it.

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Photo credits: Barbara Helgason.