Photography has evolved by leaps and bounds and has evolved from a form of art to a refined form of expression and capture of temporal reality through an image. One of the most important moments that can be captured by a photographer is pregnancy and the arrival of a baby, as they change the lives of those involved.
If you want your photoshoots of newborns and pregnant women to be a success, here are some of the basics you need to keep in mind.
Time is a paramount factor, because of the way the development cycles of a newborn evolve. The ideal time to take large portraits is close to the sixth day of birth and must be before the twelfth day.
This is the period in which the newborn overcomes the adaptation to the womb and thus the baby is more likely to adopt poses that resemble those they had before they were born. Additionally, newborns sleep most of the time during this period, which means that the photoshoot won’t bother them.
Tools – The Camera
The tools you use must be suitable and adaptable to the photoshoot’s requirements, to get the best possible shots. The first tool to keep in mind is a reflex camera, as they offer superior image quality and controlled focus and blur functions.
Additionally, this type of camera has great versatility for adapting additional elements such as lenses and filters, which makes it the tool of choice to achieve remarkable results.
At this point, we will assess the importance of the lighting conditions since it’s a crucial factor to keep in mind when getting the perfect shot. The natural light of medium intensity in a downward direction from the head to the baby’s feet is the most ideal.
In the case of pregnant women, you should direct the lighting to their belly and not the opposite direction since the desired objective would not be achieved. Artificial light can be used as well, but you have to choose the colour of it carefully to achieve the perfect balance between warmth and cool in the image.
These basic factors that you need to keep in mind, all play key roles in producing high-quality photographs during all newborn and pregnancy photoshoots. At no time will you be able to overlook neither the timing factor, nor the ideal tools, and working the lighting well is the hallmark of a professional photographer.