Baby Photoshoot: The Essential Tools You Shouldn’t Skip – Ever!

baby photoshootSetting up for a baby photoshoot, you are overwhelmed with lots of essential tools you need to make the work easy: cameras, lenses, props, pillows, backdrop stands, tripods and a lot more. In the midst of getting and compiling these things, you just might forget some other seemingly small yet, mightily important essentials you also need. Mind you, these latter essentials are “must-haves” and if you attempt to work without them, your work gets a tad more complicated. So, you need to treat these as importantly as your lenses, cameras and tripods.

Towels

First, you think about comfort (texture) and then colour. Towels can sometimes be “scratchy”. So, you want to get towels that are comfortable, can be lined inside baskets, buckets and bowls – in case you want to use them for props – and will provide adequate support and cushion for the body. The very last thing you want is a baby feeling uncomfortable.

Baby wipes

Don’t be surprised. Your clients are babies, so you need lots of baby essentials.

By the way, babies won’t ask to be excused to let out bodily fluids, posset, spit up or even vomit whenever and wherever they need to. In such situations, you want to clean up as quickly as possible and continue your shoot.

Diapers

Well, they do a dirtier job but are indispensable. Remember that the baby will not warn you beforehand.

Hand sanitizer

For one, I will not take my baby to a dirty studio for a baby photoshoot. The environment should be clean, dust-free and tidy.

On the other hand, hand sanitizers are important. You will lift the baby as many times as needed, which can be after you have touched other objects, body sweat and God-knows-where. From time to time, it is hygienic to sanitize those hands. They will be working a lot.

White noise applications and machines

These devices and applications – you can download them on app stores –  can serve two functions. They can provide a calm environment for the baby and they can also draw the baby’s curiosity, which is quite fun to see. The baby should be calm and if possible, asleep throughout the duration of the shoot; a baby awake is a plus. Anyway, these applications produce soothing sounds like music, wind, ocean waves and rain harmonized with white noise. Very helpful in calming the baby.

Toys

Generally speaking, most babies won’t know what to do with most toys, though they [toys] can be a good way to keep their focus on an object. Avoid toys with sharp edges or very small toys that can be swallowed. Toys are especially useful when a toddler is joining the shoot.

Like we do at http://www.stephenbrucephotography.co.uk/ you can also ask the parents to bring along objects, special clothes or wrappers, and toys they want to include in the photograph during the baby photoshoot . Most parents will also pack a number of the things I mentioned above (baby wipes and diapers especially). Ask them to bring along the baby’s lotion: different parents have different preferences.

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What To Expect From A Baby Photo Shoot

It will take time.

baby photographyIf you think that a baby photography shoot can be done and over with in a matter of under an hour or so, you are gravely mistaken and you need to get something done about this one way or the other. If you are fairly busy and you have work and all that, it might be a good idea for you to make sure that you get to take some time off of work in order for you to have enough time to go through with the baby photography shoot with no hassles or anything like that. A baby photography shoot usually takes about 4 hours or so on average. If you are busy at work and can’t take an entire day off so far, perhaps you can go ahead and make do with taking half the day off. Your baby photographer will need your help in handling the baby. As a parent, you know your baby far better than he does and this is something that can be very useful for as far as properly setting up a baby photography shoot is to be talked about at the end of the day.

It will require a lot of your cooperation.

As a parent, your role during the baby photography shoot is not passive or anything like that. Be active and be ready to leap into action whenever your baby needs you because your baby photographer will need you just as much when it all comes down to it.

You might be the cleaning lady.

Babies tend to make messes all the time and it wouldn’t be right for you to expert your baby photographer to get this taken care of. You need to be there and you need to think on your feet all the time the entire time that you are there because your photographer will really need all of the help that he can get his hands on so far at the end of the day.

You might be asked to join in.

This is something that not a lot fo moms out there are comfortable being asked to do. It makes perfect sense if you feel awkward and a bit hesitant to join in as well. After all, you have just given birth and you might not feel as if you are in the best shape just yet. This is nothing for you to worry about though. You can be rest assured of the fact that at best, you will be an accessory to the baby photography shoot. The main star has always been and will always be the baby. Stop feeling too self conscious about it. Rather, you should make it a point to enjoy the moments as they come along and to make the most out of the situation at the end of the day. Dress up in something nice and have some light makeup on. You can even ask the siblings to join in and perhaps even the dad and make it an instant mini family photo shoot. Your baby photographer will appreciate the enthusiasm.

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