Baby Photography Photo Shoot

Do you want to learn how to organize your baby photography photo session? Baby photography requires planning.

There are so many things to think about before you even start your photo session.  I will go through a few steps so that you can organize your photo session in a successful manner.

The very first thing that I will do is to line up an assistant to spot the baby.

My idea is to photograph 3 different poses with different props and color themes. The first one will be the baby in the nest with lots of textures, soft fabrics and earthy tones.   I will be shooting from above and the baby will be lying in a comfy position.

I am not going to fuss about hands and feet, because I want this pose to be super simple.  Legs may cross or be flat and hands will be on tummy or near the face. What is better than Pinterest to help organize all this?

My first board is for the first photograph that I will take. First Photograph:  Baby in the nest, earthy tones.  Very natural. Follow Marguerite Beaty’s board Newborn Baby Photography Plan 1 on Pinterest.

Light: Natural + strobes with an enormous umbrella to bounce light from.  The light will be very soft and even.  My biggest challenge is to make sure that I do not create any shadows.

Camera position: Straight down.

Camera placement:  Camera will be placed above and in the middle of the baby’s body.

Important Prop:  Bird’s nest The bird’s nest will probably bit a bit harsh on the baby’s skin so this is something that I will think about throughout my preparations.  I will cover it with a double layer of towels. I will have 3 or 4 different pieces of fabrics in brown, beige, gold and earthy tones. These will be layered in a way so that I can see all the different colors.  It will add a dimension to the image. My idea is to keep this simple and not use other props.  I will only work with the fabrics. Things to have handy during the baby photo shoot:

  • Lots of diapers!
  • Towels.
  • Heater
  • I may have a posing doughnut handy
  • Plastic to cover the nest before I add the towels.
  • Soft (VERY) soft fabrics to layer the nest.
  • A baby bonnet in a natural color.
  • A wrap in an earthy tone.

baby photography, baby photography classes Poses: Baby with crossed legs in front and hands near the head (nude)

Baby wrapped and lying in the nest After this photograph I will take a break.

Let the baby relax with mom and I will fix the set for the next photo session. On the day of the photo session all the props will be in order of the photo sessions.

I will have a list of the poses that I want and remain flexible in case some aren’t possible. Light: Natural light + 1 strobe.  Umbrella.  Bounced light.

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