5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY by Tracie Maglosky, Olympus Trailblazer
1) PREPARATION IS EVERYTHINGThis may be your first or 300th newborn session, but each baby is unique. As a newborn, you are only days into learning the behaviors and reactions of this new little angel. Be certain that prior to your session that you, or the baby’s parents, have all the information necessary to feel 100% comfortable. There are a few things you can count on will happen during a shoot:
- A newborn will cry – don’t panic!
- A newborn will potty during the session. Be prepared for clean-up.
- A newborn will be hungry. It’s ok if baby wants to eat or just snuggle and suckle for comfort. There is no rushing. This experience should be beautiful and memorable for you!
- A newborn will sleep. Sleeping babies are adorable and at some point long photo session, a newborn will fall into a deep sleep.
2) NOISE CONTROL
There is nothing more calming than noise to a newborn as long as that noise is constant and rhythmic. There are several smartphone apps available for free, such as White Noise App, that are options if you don’t want to purchase a noise machine or Baby Shusher.
Many photography studios are warm – up to 80 degrees – during a newborn session. There is a good reason for this. Newborns have not fully developed their thermostats so regulating body temperature is very difficult. Creating a warm atmosphere increases your chances of having a sleeping baby by 90%. If you’re shooting at home, remember to warm up the room first.
This should have probably been the first tip! Newborns feel every ounce of energy that you bring to the table. Creating a calm atmosphere and leaving no room for frustration is extremely important. Keep your mind calm and don’t allow yourself to over-react if baby cries.
5) EQUIPMENTGetting the correct lighting is always a challenge with newborns since strobes of any sort are truly not an option because of the disruptive nature of flashing lights. Gathering as much light as possible with great lenses helps so much. I choose to use the Olympus mirrorless system because the image stabilization coupled with the amazing auto-focus allows for shooting at wide open apertures and slower shutter speeds without fear of being out of focus. Having the ability to shoot with a silent shutter is so nice for newborn sessions as well.
Like what you’ve read so far? Get more newborn photography tips from Tracie on her blog.
Living in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. In 2005, she left her corporate career as a top sales representative for a Fortune 500 company to pursue her passion in photography, and an Olympus camera has been in her hand every step of the way. She is a busy mother of two boys and the owner of Tracie Jean Photo Studios, where she is committed to creating timeless memories for her clients. Specializing in capturing weddings and maternity through the first year, her ability to capture the emotion of her subject has earned her a strong following in the Cincinnati area.