By Laura Dunger
In the many types of photography you may have to do as a photographer, baby shots may be the most difficult. Even if you are not a professional photographer but you are trying to get a great looking portrait of your own child, getting them to cooperate is a major undertaking.
The first rule to live by with baby photography is that, as a matter of face, they ARE the boss of this shoot. The entire process has to be built around that fragile mood of this child. But there are a couple of tricks of the trade you can use, professional or amateur to get the best shot of that sweet baby.
Baby’s respond well when they are fed and rested, with people they know and trust and when they get all the attention. So right off the bat, you as mom and dad can see to it that the shoot happens when requirement number one has been met. Now, that is not always easy. If you have an appointment to take the baby to the get his or her portrait made at the local photography studio, that mood may not be the way you want it to be.
That is why, if at all possible we would discourage taking the shots in a studio. If you can set up a shoot at the baby’s home, where there is a comfortable setting and much that is familiar around, you have many more opportunities to get that smile that will make the portrait of a lifetime there. Now that calls for a “house call” by the photographer but if he or she is a photographer that wants only the best shot of the child, they will work with what you want.
Another advantage of scheduling the shoot at home is that you know when the baby usually is at his or her best so you can schedule it when that time of day is just right. In fact if the photographer can show up during nap time, there is plenty of time to stage the shot before the angel awakens. And by eliminating the car ride to the studio, you take away a huge risk of that fragile mood going south en route.
A second tip comes from the fact that babies like people they know. So if the photographer has time to meet the child, play with him or her and get a rapport started, then they will be more receptive to playful direction to get the shot you want. You will have to be clever how you introduce the camera as it can either be an object of fear or looked upon as a toy and the baby will want to play with it.
As far as the camera goes, think about the kind of equipment you will utilize to get that perfect baby portrait. You want it to be portable, so you can do those on location shots that work so much better. It should be small, both for portability and to not alarm the child. Digital is best because you can shoot lots of shots and never have to reload. But make sure it’s a good quality piece of equipment that will shoot at a high resolution so when you get that prefect shot, it will transfer to a portrait printing nicely.
By setting up the room with the kind of backdrops that will create a good portrait, you can then have the baby begin to play with her or her toys and interact with parents, siblings or the photographer in a happy way. Before long that sound of the camera clicking and even the flash will become familiar and the baby won’t pay it any mind.
The best shots are of the baby laughing. Try to get on the same level with the child as he or she plays. Mom and dad know the notices or games that always get a giggle so exploit their inside information extensively. The baby will enjoy getting to know you and hearing those familiar games coming from you should do well at getting that sweet laugh or smile you want.
By learning the baby’s personality and how to get in sync with the child, you can coax pictures from the shoot that might other wise be impossible to get. And that is what you want if a portrait of a baby that you want to last a lifetime.
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When you first have a baby it is sometimes hard to take care of him or her full time, while at the same time trying to lose some of the weight that you have gained when being pregnant. A good way to accomplish both of these things is by combining them. You could find ways to work out and lose some weight, while at the same time involving your newborn child and spending some quality and bonding time with them. Here is how you can incorporate walking, dancing and exercising to lose weight with your baby right beside you.
Take a daily walk. Walking can be extremely beneficial and it is a great way to lose weight all around your body. Walking is also healthy for your heart and will improve your body's performance. You could strap your baby in a stroller and push them with you as you exercise. Or secure your baby safely in a body carrier/wrap.
2. Mother Baby Exercises
Another way that you could lose some weight while bonding with your newborn baby is yoga exercises with your baby facing you and in your presence and sight. For these exercises you would want to place a yoga mat on the floor. If you do not have access to a yoga mat, a nice and soft blanket will work as well.
The first one of these yoga exercises that you can perform while involving your baby is called the butt tightener. The butt tightener is performed by laying on your stomach and placing your baby in front of you. Curl both of your feet up towards your head as far as you can. Hold this pose for no more than ten seconds at a time. You could also do pulses and slowly move your feet from the front to the back.
Another yoga exercise you can do with your baby is called the front squat. Sit your baby in a carrier in front of you and facing you. Then, you should squat as you normally would. Hold the squat for about thirty seconds at a time or so, or just do about twenty to thirty in each sitting.
A great exercise for your stomach is the tummy time. This works hard on your stomach, which is great because that is where most of the weight gained goes when you get pregnant. Lie down on your yoga mat or blanket, and place your baby in a carrier in front of you as you perform this. Lie down on your stomach and place your arms out to the side of your body. Put your legs straight. Lift your head, arms and legs as if you were an airplane and hold this position for up to thirty seconds at a time. This will tighten your stomach and legs, while at the same time allowing you to be with your baby.
Dancing is a great way to bond with your baby and probably one of the things that you will enjoy the most. While your baby is close by in a carrier, dance in front of your baby for thirty minutes or more a day. This is a great and fun way to lose some of that baby weight while bonding with your newborn. And maybe give your baby a little giggle watching mom!
These simple ideas are great because when you first have a child, you never want to leave their side. At the same time, you want to get back to the size you were before you were pregnant. Talk to your baby as your doing these and it will keep your mind off of the fact that you are exercising!