The newer way of capturing photographs is by taking pictures with parents and other family members. Props are used in both, traditional and modern forms. The different props being used are blankets, baskets, pillows, bean bags, etc.
The information presented here should help in developing some skill sets and provide readers with a few easy-to-use techniques:
Turning the baby to make it lie on its stomach and then taking pictures from the side view and birds-eye-view is one of the commonly used technique.
Babies can be positioned in a way that it appears to be sitting but is actually sleeping.
Using baskets as props also help in getting nice photographs. Blankets can also be used in different ways. Wrapping a blanket around the body or just using it as a cushion works well.
Swaddling babies in blankets enable photographers to shoot without much difficulty. Wrapping the body in a blanket and covering the head with a hand-knit hat is one of the simplest and easiest ways to go for newborn photography.
Posing babies in makeshift cradles made with long cloth pieces gives a lot of opportunities to take pictures from different angles. Placing them in a comfortable position in such cradles is also important.
To position, the baby with its chin resting on palms while the elbows provide necessary support presents a nice pose.
Variations in the poses can be brought about by changing hand positions. The head can be rested sideways on one of the hands and many such techniques can be used.
The inclusion of parents as subjects along with babies can make the photos even more interesting.
The following tips would help in making the best of the short time available for shooting baby
- There is no point forcing the baby to attain a particular pose. Safe and soft hands are needed to handle babies.
- Beanbags used for photograph poses should not be so soft that it becomes difficult to keep them stable.
- It is not necessary that the photography should be confined to the indoor environment. Outdoor photos in gardens with babies placed in baskets and covered in blankets should serve the purpose.
- The daily schedule of a baby should not be disturbed for the sake of taking pictures. Good photos can be taken only when the newborn is comfortable enough to pose.
The aforementioned ideas and poses might prove beneficial in making this process of taking photographs an interesting one. Moreover, the first few weeks are considered to be the best and most memorable ones in this type of photography.