Are you thinking about having professional portraits taken of your baby for her first birthday? It is definitely a super cute thing to do and the last of the "first" benchmarks for quite some time. As a professional baby photographer in Los Angeles, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I share with clients to help them get the most out of this adorable portrait session.
Cake Smash Extravaganza Tips and Tricks
- Prepare for Tantrums To adults, it seems like a load of fun to come to a studio and have your photo taken while you get to wear expensive clothes and eat cake. But for a baby, it does not always work out. The above photo is an out take from a cake smash session. Luckily, we got many images with a happy baby, but there was a lot of crying too. So, plan for this. Have music, video and snacks your baby likes on hand. Be extra patient and always remember that for a baby, the experience is very different. Be prepared to use a calm soothing voice and have a list of things in your mind that makes your baby smile.
- Wear Comfortable Clothes One of toughest things for this age is getting the baby to look at the camera. Baby photographers have a few gimmicks like toys that go around the camera. My favorite is the PhoxiTog. Kids like the animals and it is possible to place them around the camera in different ways. But even with these, parents will still have to crouch directly behind me and get their child's attention while I get the shot. Parents often work as hard as the photographer in getting the baby to look a certain direction, or do a certain act. Be ready to have an aerobic workout of getting up and down, picking up and setting down the baby etc.
- Be Flexible By the time a baby is one, most parents are experts at having reasonable expectations. Sessions can be planned, and they should be, but I always tell clients that the baby may decide to go with Plan E or F and not A or B. So try to have fun and be happy with the images your baby is able to give you on that day.
Katie is a Baby Photographer in Los Angeles, CA 91042