The Best Light
The key to taking beautiful photos is finding the best light. The best light is soft light - hard light will produce harsh shadows. Ideally you want a nice big window, without direct sunlight coming in, so this will probably be a a north facing window or if it is cloudy a south facing window.
If you have any net curtains or very thin white fabric it might be worth hanging this in the window to make the light even softer.
If your only big window has some direct sunlight shining in then try to find a spot out of the sunlight.
Please make sure any lights in the room are off.
I am happy to help you find the best location via facetime if you are unsure.
Things You Will Need
Getting Baby Ready
We will set a rough time for the start of your session. Don't worry if you can't stick to this. Give me a call before you start feeding so I know how you are getting on.
Make sure your room is nice and warm.
Babies sleep best when they have a full tum. Strip them down to their nappy before you feed them so that they are ready to go once you have finished feeding. Take your time to give them a nice big feed. If they wee/poo change them so they fall asleep in a clean nappy.
It will be much easier to photography your baby once they are in a nice deep sleep. Some babies will be super sleepy straight after a feed but if not just give them lots of cuddles. We can stop and start the facetime if you need to feed or have a break.
Don't worry too much about this bit as I will talk you through it but there are a few key things to think about. When you are positioning baby you want their head to be towards the window so that the light is shining down their face and not up their nose. This will produce more attractive shadows that we are used to seeing (sun shines down on us!)
When taking photos the angle that you take them from is important. You will normally be taking them from above but sometimes I may ask you to move about quite a bit to get more interesting shots. Generally you want to avoid taking photos from foot end - their head should be the closest thing to the camera.
If you are using a 'real' camera and you know how to control the aperture then you want a nice wide aperture (low f-number) and you always want to focus on their closest eye. Most phone cameras will also allow you to select your focus point by tapping on the screen. If you can set the camera to take RAW photos then please do. Otherwise select the highest resolution and highest quality jpeg.
Here are a few examples of simple poses we can try. All these can also be done with them in baby grows.