Getting Started In Newborn Photography
Getting started in newborn photography is not as easy as it may seem at first. Looking at cute newborn photographs can be inspiring. And I am here to share with you some hints that may help you get the kind of images you want sooner. Newborn photography is one of the most difficult skills you will ever try to master. So, hang on to your hats and glasses!
First, before you can do anything about learning how to photograph newborns, you have to do a lot of preparatory work. Having your own kids is a great place to start, but it is not enough because you will be handling and soothing other people’s kids. And to do this, takes a level of precision and consistency you may not use with your own. There are a few paths to learning newborn safety in posing and handling you can use to help you prepare. Newborn safety is the first step in getting started in newborn photography.
Newborn Specialist Training
1. Take a newborn care specialist training class. There are several online sites, such as Gentle Ventures. If you want, you can pass state exams and become certified. This kind of training offers a lot of information about babies for their first 8 months or so. Of course, you will be interested in the information about newborns under 4 weeks old. There is a lot to know about what newborns are like, what they can do, and how they behave. As a newborn photographer, you will need to keep an eye out for distress signals. While rare, babies do become ill and you will need to know when a baby is not feeling well. Crying is not always a symptom.
2. Pass a Test on Newborn Safety in Photography. Over the past couple of years, there has been an attempt to create some form of standardization in preparing photographers to pose newborns. One of these organizations is the American Association for Newborn Photography Safety They offer a brief training sequence and an exam. A test is a good way for getting started in newborn photography. It will show you what you know, and what you still need to learn.
Newborn Posing Classes
3. Take a Newborn Posing Class. Veterans and spear headers of the newborn photography movement like Kelly Brown offer training videos. There are many possible poses in newborn photography. Not every baby can do every one. And as a photographer, there will be some poses that you do not like to do. Learning what you are comfortable with is key so that you only manipulate babies in ways you feel confidant with.
How Can I Learn Newborn Photography?
There are three ways. (1) Apprentice with an established newborn photographer (2) Take video classes from places like Creative Live (3) Trial and error.
Mentoring With An Established Newborn Photographer
Taking Video Courses on Newborn Photography
Trial and Error
Trial and error is a great way to learn. But only if you have all the safety and health training you need first. Most importantly, NEVER TRY TO POSE A BABY IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED IN POSING SAFETY.
Many photographers hold model calls to try and get babies to practice on. Personally, I always had a moral problem with this. When you are not very adept at your craft, and someone is thinking they are going to get great images, it is not very fair. Newborn photography is kind of a one chance only gig. By the time babies are 3 weeks, newborns are getting too old for certain poses.