It can sometimes be tricky to capture your little ones’ perfect moment on camera – and it can be especially frustrating if you’ve booked a professional photographer. Whether you’re taking your own snaps at home or getting a professional in for the job, photographer, Cindy Ellis has the following tips:
- It’s best to take pictures early in the morning when your baby is awake, fed and happy.
- Don’t start too early. You don’t want to overstimulate baby.
- Don’t change your baby’s routine for a photo shoot – keep her normal feeding and nap times and just work around that.
- Get dad or granny to help out on the day to get that perfect ‘eye contact’ moment, but don’t overstimulate baby by waving around too many toys at a time.
- For babies aged 0 – 12 months, colourful props and happy, familiar sounds can result in a gorgeous smile. Use your baby’s favourite toy or song to encourage a happy reaction.
- Peek-a-boo and other funny movements are great to capture those giggle moments.
- If your baby is older than 12 months, take him for a walk to distract him if the photo shoot is taking a bit longer than anticipated.
- Make sure that the room/studio where you are taking the pics is not too hot. Rather cooler than hot or humid.
- We all know babies love cell phones. Let your little one play with yours to distract him for a couple of minutes.
- Always remember that baby is in control. If he’s not happy, let him have a nap and then try and take some more pics. Let him call the shots.
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