Baby photography should be something relaxing in nature and not hurried. It is all about capturing the innocence and the intense emotions of this special time. In this type of photography, the subject is usually a baby and their age can range from a few weeks old to a couple of months old. The baby is usually the one leading the shoot as everything that occurs during it is modeled around the baby’s comfort.
As a result of the baby being the main star, it is important that the whole process of it should not be complicated. Everything should be kept as simple as possible. It is advised for simplicity to be the main goal because babies are naturally fussy and you cannot expect them to be patient with you like an adult. The simpler the whole process, the easier it will be to conclude the shoot with a less hassled baby.
Going by the fact that baby photography focuses on babies, it can be said that there are two aspects to it:
This niche of baby photography is solely established to focuses on the babies who more or less were just born into the world. Normally these babies are barely a few weeks old. Parents bearing in mind the nature of these babies know that the chances of them retaining their fragile newborn state are limited. As a result, they strive to get the pictures of the babies in this delicate state during the first few weeks.
During this period, the babies are soft all around with wrinkling of their skin and little tufts of her. The baby photographer then has to take care not to harm them in any form. Although much cannot be done with the babies still being in a delicate state, with the help of props and certain essentials (blankets, hats, scarves etc) it becomes easier to mold the babies to fit certain poses.
The babies here often spend most of their time sleeping and only stay awake for brief periods of time. Therefore if the photographer needs to get certain shots of them awake, he or she needs patience or to time their shoot just right.
Older baby photography
For lack of a proper defining term to associate babies older than one month, the term older baby photography will have to suffice. In this sub category of photography, the babies have had enough time to acclimatize to their new surroundings as well as develop a pattern. Based on the pattern and their new resilience to their surroundings, it becomes easier to have photo shoots with them.
Here, the babies although still soft will have properly developed certain aspects of their body (their neck is able to hold their heads without support) and it makes it easy for the photographer to set them in certain poses. Although certain props will no longer be needed to serve as support, they can serve as perfect additions to the backdrop of an image.
The babies are more active in this category and the photographer can gain more movements.