When looking for a newborn photographer, checking out whether or not they have the experience to back it up is absolutely crucial and should be a major deciding point for you on whether you would like to hire them or not. You should go for someone who has been there and done that. The reason behind this is because of the fact that Calgary newborn photography requires so much more patience and understanding than the other legs of photography out there. Babies are unpredictable and they may have the tendency to pee, poop, or barf during the newborn photography session. You will want to go with someone who knows what to expect and who knows exactly what he is getting into and someone who will not go queasy on you in the process.
Is the newborn photographer a parent already?
Although this is not exactly a requirement, going with someone who is a parent himself will tremendously help in smoothing over the transition in between takes. It helps a lot if you have someone who knows how to manage babies and who knows how to get all of the angles and how to pacify them as well in the event that they wake up or end up crying at some point. And when it all comes down to it, parenthood is intricate and has a lot of layers and this is something that needs to be experienced in order for it to be understood.
You will want someone who has photography gear that is top of the line. If you are paying good money for this kind of service to begin with, you might as well make sure that you are getting the best value out of it through the quality of the photos that you are getting. A decent newborn photographer will usually have a standard DSLR camera and all of the other basics such as an assortment of lenses, a tripod, and perhaps even a box of newborn photography props to go along with them that may prove useful in the photo shoot.
You are looking for a minimum of 2-3 hours to begin with. It takes time to set the area and it also takes time to make sure that the baby is positioned properly in order to get the best looking photos out there as much as possible. You also need to make sure that the newborn photographer allots enough time in between for when the baby wakes up and starts crying and needs comforting or pacifying.
You have to decide well ahead of time what kind of photography style you would like to go with. Do you want the more staged studio photos or would you rather go for something that is more natural and candid? You may even arrange for a little of both if that is what you would like to go for. The point is, you need to know what you are looking for well ahead of time so that you can set this up with the newborn photographer during the hiring process.
Have confidence in what you do, regardless of the amount of experience you have. Confidence is everything and can really help a lot especially during the times when you feel as if you are swimming in uncharted territory. If experience is something that you do not have on your side, there are still a lot of things that you can do to help you gain experience at some point. You can witch video tutorials. You can read about self-help articles, you can even get some classes so that you are able to get the most basic of trainings, at least. Arm yourself with enough knowledge and skills and you won’t ever have to worry about not knowing what to do. You can become the best newborn photographer you can ever wish to be.
Discuss all of the photo shoot details with your clients and listen to what they have to say. A newborn photographer should always discuss all of the details with his client. Find out if there are any poses or props in particular that they would like to use for the photo shoot. Discuss all of the little details down to a T until you are sure that everything is pretty much covered and accounted for. Make sure that you are able to manage the expectations of your clients. That should be a pretty surefire way in ensuring that satisfaction is always guaranteed.
Blankets and Bean bags
The kind of blankets and bean bags you use will greatly improve your chances of getting great looking photos. If you are going to invest in them (and they do not always come cheap, by the way), you might as well make sure that it is something that you get to do right. Go for blankets that are soft to the touch. Texture is quality is everything especially if you are using it for props for when you are taking photos of babies. Go for those that are thick and soft. And of course, make sure that you always work on keeping them clean and washed after every single use. Babies might pee or barf on them so go for something that is easily washable and for something that dries fast too.
Lighting is everything to a newborn photographer and should be something that you should pay a good amount of attention to. Babies do not like harsh lighting. A photo studio is also something that is usually enclosed so lighting is quite limited. What you can do is to position the area of the shoot somewhere that a lot of natural light can stream in so you can use it for your photos. You can try somewhere like a window or a door or something like that.
Keep the baby comfortable at all times. Babies should always be kept warm and snug and if they are not very comfortable, you will end up waking them up at some point and that is something that you would have to avoid doing especially if you are still barely halfway through your shoot at some point.