Newborn photography may sound like something that people just opt to do for fun but you will be surprised to know that this is something that can really turn out to be a major livelihood source. Babies are born every day and most people, regardless of culture or background, will always go out of their way to document the pictures of their children as babies. Childhood is a passing phase but it is so precious. As a matter of fact, it is precious enough for people to want to spend money in immortalizing it in pictures.
Props make up a huge part of newborn baby photography. We wanted to write an article that sort of provides newbies with a guide to the absolute basics so that you will at least know where to start if this is something that you would like to try out because at some point, there will be clients who will be asking if this is something that you can do and this is an opportunity that should not be passed up.
1. Get a sturdy and black stretchy cloth.
This will be your basic blanket. There are a lot of stores out there who will sell this out to you for roughly around ten dollars or less. You do not need anything fancy. You just need to go with something very basic and durable so that you will be able to use this for a long time. There are times where less is more and when you get to think about it, newborn photography is all about the baby. Make it about the baby and make the baby the focal point of everything and you can never go wrong. You can pair this up with other props too in the process but this will always serve as a really excellent base.
2. Invest in a lot of blankets, wraps and furs that are soft to the touch.
If there is one thing that babies love doing aside from sleeping, it would have to be being wrapped comfortably and snugly. Blankets and wraps and anything of the like are perfect for babies. Invest in those that have interesting designs, patterns and textures and think about how it will come out in the photos. Since there are fabrics involved, you might as well make sure that you are able to take proper care of your fabrics. Wash them every single time. Babies tend to pee and barf and you need to make sure that everything is kept clean.
3. Lastly, get a nice stash of colorful and squeaky toys that will keep the baby entertained in between takes.
It is nice to keep them distracted every once in a while and this is something that can spell the difference between a minor irritated cry to a full blown tantrum. Again, make sure that you work on getting everything clean and spic and span. Disinfect them after every use and store them properly for the next shoot. Babies are fragile and their immune systems are not that well developed yet.