The Five Minute Photoshoot ::: for infants
Schedule and Infant Rotation Through Poses1. Set up Shoot Before Baby Arrives -- This is vital! Get everything completely ready and posed (props, backdrops, etc) before you even attempt to get baby uncomfortable. You literally have 5 minutes or less with a newborn when you are working alone and cannot hold them AND shoot at the same time. Don't waste those precious minutes on props.
2. Make Sure Baby is FED, WARM and CLEAN -- Makes sense, yes? Comfy baby equals better photos. After a nap, feed baby THEN change them so they are not sleepy for photos (or change THEN feed if you want baby to sleep, but goodness knows they will probably poop anyway, so I recommend feed THEN change.)
3. Start with Baby on Back -- Baby is happy on her back, so make sure you get a few good photos from straight down with baby looking up at you before you start experimenting to get a better shot. This might be your only successful pose, so make sure you do it first!
4. Flip to Tummy Time -- Flip baby over on their tummy to try to get a few photos with them holding their head up. Warning -- this just might not work. Do not fret. Allow baby to lay their head down, put their bum up in the air and get some good sleepy shots, detail shots and half grins this way.
5. Cuddle Baby in Lap -- Time for YOU to get in the picture! Put your camera on self timer mode with at least 6-9 "clicks" or pictures that will snap. Set baby in your lap, press the shutter and get ready to pose with baby. This also gets baby happy again and if you are lucky, you can return baby to posing for a few more shots before she starts screaming at you to STOP TAKING PICTURES!
TIPS for Baby
TIPS for Posing and Adjusting Baby-- Run a finger down the bridge of baby's nose to get a "sleeping" peaceful shot even when baby is awake.
-- Put your cheek next to baby's and quickly move away to get a faux "yawning" shot (baby will open their mouth to nurse).
-- Put a flat palm on baby's belly gently, then quickly pull your hand off belly to get baby to move their arms and legs.
-- To turn babies head, lightly rub your finger along the cheek on the side you would like them to look. Do not manually turn their head -- they will go right back.
-- In tummy time, push babies knees up under their bum for cuter angles.
-- In tummy time, put one arm straight out and allow baby to slightly rest their head on that arm. you will get less "forehead wrinkles" this way than when baby is focused on holding their head up fully.
-- If baby cannot hold their head up any longer, make sure you turn their head to the side so they can easily breathe. This pose makes cute sleepy pictures (see tip #1 if baby refuses to close their eyes.
-- If baby will not open their eyes, change their diaper or give them a bath. Whistling, talking loudly to them, snapping -- none of that works on infants. At best you will get a scared baby, then a crying baby. #notgood
Favorite Infant Angles for the 5-Minute Shot
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