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