Be a Pro at Props
Aside from getting yourself and your baby ready, another thing that you can also consider using for your photo sessions are props. Using props helps in setting the mood for your maternity or baby photos, making them more memorable and touching. For maternity photo shoots, the most common props used are baby stuff such as clothes, tiny shoes, and toys.
You can also choose to use your sonogram, as this denotes your “first meeting” with your baby. Don’t limit yourself to these props, however, as you can also go and use your baby shower as an extension of your maternity photoshoot. Play games with your guests during your baby shower, and just let your photographer take the reins in documenting the entire thing. At the end of the day, you not only celebrate the wait for your new baby, but you also have the photos to show for it.
Meanwhile, when it comes to baby photos, safety is the key. Most photographers that specialize in newborn photography should already have readily available props, but if you’re looking to personalize, there are some things that you should look out for. First, make sure that your props are baby-friendly. This means that the props you use should not have rough edges or small parts that your baby can accidentally swallow.
Items like baby hammocks, stuffed toys, headbands, and playful outfits should do wonders in making your baby photo stand out. Meanwhile, furniture designed for babies, such as boxes and small beds, can also work, as long as they are lined with something soft that your baby can comfortably lie on.
Leave It to the Pros
One common convention when it comes to maternity and baby photos, just like on any special occasion, is whether or not you should hire a professional photographer. After all, taking photos seem easy, and there are so many readily available, not to mention free photo-editing tools and filters online. Why, then, should you hire a professional photographer when you have all these tools at your disposal?
While you may have the tools and skills as an amateur photographer, hiring a professional should have tons of benefits. For one, a professional photographer has enough experience to understand the concepts that work for a maternity photoshoot. With this experience comes their proper gear, as well as their expertise when it comes to lighting, location, image composition, and editing.
When it comes to baby photos, professional photographers also know how to help your baby pose for the camera. This might seem easy, but there are safety issues that a non-professional might not know how to handle. Perhaps the most important benefit of hiring a professional photographer is that it also ensures that you get to enjoy the entire experience, too.