Baby Photography

Baby portrait photo session with Matchbox Photography.

How to take really beautiful baby portrait? When I do baby portraits I’d either  visit baby’s house (for at home photography session) or take studio portraits. Few things need to be taken into consideration. Firstly when you think of newborn photo shoot this can be done only up to ten days after the baby is born. Therefore it’s good  to have your  photo session planned in advance before the baby’s due. I will definitely make space for you. I am usually in touch with the mums to be around the time of birth. After that short time span of Newborn comes time for baby photography. Secondly: for the baby portrait.  It is great to have a heated room, the baby changed and fed and make  as comfortable as possible, baby means teething, sometimes sleepless nights. But babies are also more interactive. There is a bigger chance for a great wide smile. But you can never really predict so don’t worry there is always is a possibility to capture your precious little munchkin beautifully. I also often encourage the whole family to take part in taking photographs. Siblings, grandparents, mum and dad are more than welcome to join the photo session and it’s a great family experience and lots of fun. I work most weekends. Please feel free to contact me and ask as many questions as you need trough the contact form available on my website or simply call me.

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During the first year, babies quickly change and I could’ve divided this post into several time periods. The meaning of those periods is very important to the photographer so they can plan out the positions and the props for the upcoming sessions. As for the parents, its more important for them, to include the daily schedule of the child and gather up their patience before the session.
Plan the photo shoot on the time when your baby’s fed and satisfied, isn’t tired yet and doesn’t want to sleep. Usually, it’s the first half of the day.
Please don’t forget, that between sleeping and the photo shoot, 20-30 minutes of wakefulness should pass (the afternoon nap during a home photo session or a nap in the car an on the road photo shoot). After waking up, the baby may be confused by the new place or the unknown, new sound new smells.
Take a couple of your baby’s favorite items with you, few clothing changes, some water and a snack.
Gather up your patience, it’s almost impossible to negotiate with babies who are younger than a year, they can’t even talk yet:). If a newborn doesn’t want to have their pictures taken, then the parents’s supportive attitude would help. During the session, if the baby is tired, we take small breaks for feeding, changing and just some time to relax.
Try not to make much noise during the photo shoot, because that might scare the baby and distract the photographer. Bringing older children to the shoot might be a distraction so please bring your other half or family member to help out.The common mistakes? For example that parents m make in this situation is, if the baby cries the parents start making noise from different directions to distract them. When the parents start to call for the newborn baby from different directions, it might confuse her or him.
A good plan is when one parent could catch the attention of the child from the photographers back. In that situation it’s easier for us to capture a smile and the baby’s eyes in the direction of the camera. For the very little ones, a bright, colourfull toy is a good way to catch an infant’s attention.