Photographing Babies and Children

Getting the Perfect Shot: Photographing Babies and Children

One of the most interesting and difficult subjects to photograph are newborns, infants and children.  You don’t necessarily need the most expensive equipment to get a good photograph.  In the case of newborns you don’t need any complicated props, you can pose the baby and get some incredibly clever shots. Babies, understandably so are some of the most photographed subjects in the world.

Newborns are beautiful naturally and almost every action they take can be a pose, you want find a more photogenic subject.  Photographing babies, isn’t easy, you’re going to have to have a ton of patience while being ready to grab the shot at any time.

Here are some tips for getting the perfect shot when photographing babies and children.

Be Prepared Well Ahead of Time

If you plan on using props or blankets or anything like that for your photo shoot, get them prepared well in advance. Plan ahead and ensure you keep your baby occupied or asleep to make this easier. Most car seats for toddlers will allow you to comfortably leave your baby till the very last second, giving you or the photographer plenty of time to prepare, so where possible, bring your car seat in with you.  Once you have everything else set up, then and only then should you take the baby out of their cars eat to put them into the pose you want.  Don’t be surprised if you spend a fair amount of time waiting for your newborn to fall asleep for some of the poses you may want.

Red Eye

Even when taking pics of children, red eye can still be a problem.  Using natural light and avoiding the flash can help with avoiding red eye in your pictures.  If you have windows nearby that allow in plenty of natural light, then take advantage of that.  Worst case scenario, you can remove red eye after the fact with tools like Adobe Photoshop.

Children Move…A LOT

Children move around a lot and toddlers can be slippery little things, they can be halfway across the room the minute you take your eyes off the.  If you aren’t careful you can have blurring in your pictures, particularly if the lighting is too low.  You can avoid this by adjusting your shutter speed, using a high ISO speed camera and increasing the aperture.  Needless to say a good DSLR camera with adjustable settings is a must.

The Background

You really need to just keep it simple and let the children be the center of the photograph.  If you want the baby to be the center of the photograph, remove dark objects from the picture, they distract.  Get the shot as close to the baby as you can.  Keep the color palette in the photos pretty simple.  Focus your shot on the face of the child and keep the light soft and natural.  DO NOT put your newborn under direct sunlight for the sake of getting a picture.