A special thank you to Lawrence Chan for inspiring this post.
Whether it’s your wedding day, a family portrait, or any day you wish to photograph a baby and make that little precious darling smile, here are some tips from your friendly photographer.
Whenever we want to create a genuine smile (and also get the baby to look), we do the following:
- Be willing to make a fool of yourself (this isn’t a time to keep your professional face…but it also isn’t a time to go overboard and frighten everyone else. There is a line but make sure you’re at least willing to cross the I’m an adult line.)
- Introduce yourself to the baby and play around before the shoot
- Make loud, funny noises
- Make funny faces
- Trill your voice (seriously, we try the Xena sound effect sometimes)
- Use toys
- Exaggerate your body and arms. Move and swing them around.
- Use the toy or your body to move around the camera so that the baby is focused on looking at the camera
- Have an assistant (who loves babies) do all this (so you can focus on exposure and the other subjects)
Also, keep in mind:
- Nap times | Schedule your shoot during a time you know the baby isn’t normally napping. Usually, right after nap time, they are freshly rested and giddy with happiness.
- Ask the parents | If you communicate with them in advance, you can prepare together for the best way to make a happy baby.
May you have many precious baby photos! Let us know how these tips help (and if you have any tips to share)!