5 Tips for Taking Baby Christmas Photos
We had a blast gathering local supermodels for this playful shoot. With a Christmas theme in mind and an affinity for anything and everything kitchy, we created a playful winter wonderland. Babies can be a challenging subject. On the one hand they are gorgeous and cuteness goes a long way. But unlike adults babies aren’t much for posing or taking direction. Photos by Ashley Kickliter
Tip #1 You do you. Guiding a little one to follow direction or pose a certain way poses an exhausting challenge. Every child is unique and special in their own way. Seeing their personality shine through in each photograph is simply magical. Allowing them to improvise and surprise you makes the shoot fun! A small box of easy props allow your little one to make a family photo their own. Bendan loved his paint brush! An item in hand acts as a toy and keeps your little one happy!
Tip #2 Set the Stage Little ones need a defined area to lay or play in. Believe me. Chasing a toddler around is not the way to go! Lesson learned when filming our Garden Video. There was simply too much room to roam. Even a bigger child capable of standing will look lovely and cozy sitting or laying in a bean bag chair. We covered ours with a fluffy white quilt and added furry pillows for texture.
Tip #3 Shine Lighting is key for any photo and babies look especially sweet surrounded in white. We kept our sets light an airy with a mixture of white textures. A pastel colored wall also looks great. See our Pink Shoot by photographer Elliot Liss. Ashley adjusted the exposure to give a dreamy glow.
Tip # 4 Too Much Sauce. While everyone wants to encourage your little one with smiles and encouragement less is more. You will want an assistant with an extra pair of eyes, hands and creative input, but too many helpers can leave baby’s eyes wandering and heaven for bid an overwhelmed feeling. We want happy campers!
But speaking of sauce….lets be full and well rested after nap time & snack time.
Tip #5 The Secret. This is the number one secret to success with babies and toddlers alike. Is it cheating? To keep baby’s blissfully alert eyes on the photographer at all times we play a movie directly above the camera. Play their favorite cartoon on your iphone and its a recipe for success. Every child has their favorite. After discovering this trick our photoshoots have never been the same.
We hope these tips were helpful. Comment below with suggestions you use with your little one. We would love to hear from you!