Becoming a Baby Photographer

If you love babies and enjoy photography, you can become a baby photographer.
If you love babies and enjoy photography, you can become a baby photographer. | Source

Baby photography, or children photography, is very challenging; however, it is also the most rewarding photography job. The most rewarding because babies and children do not act, they exude natural emotions. If you love babies and enjoy photography, there is nothing to stop you to become a baby photographer. Becoming a baby photographer is a very lucrative field of professional photography. Parents are always looking for a good photographer to document the life of their babies. You can begin baby photography by shooting your babies. If you don’t have babies, try to take the pictures of your relatives’ or neighbors’ babies. There is no reason why they would say no.

Becoming a baby photographer is a very rewarding field of professional photography.
Becoming a baby photographer is a very rewarding field of professional photography. | Source

The Challenges of Baby Photography

Baby photography session can take place indoor or outdoor, in your client’s home or your studio. There are many advantages of photographing babies in their home. For instance, the child may feel comfortable in the known environment. On the other hand, the child may take a long time to open up with the photographer in the studio.

Shooting indoor with babies and children is difficult because you have to be careful about firing flash. Direct flash can harm children’s eyes.

It is difficult to get a proper shot of children and babies because they constantly move and shift positions. It can take a long time to photograph a baby.

Finding the right angle is the most difficult part of baby photography.

You have mastered your equipments, you have photography skills, nevertheless, these attributes are not enough to become a baby photographer. You have to learn about your subjects.

You, as a photographer, must also know how to get the attention of the baby.

Finding the right angle is the most difficult part of baby photography. Don’t be frustrated with the moving subjects.
Finding the right angle is the most difficult part of baby photography. Don’t be frustrated with the moving subjects. | Source

Photographer’s Note

The babies in these pictures are my nephew and niece. I had never photographed babies until my sister had a baby. When my sister asked me to photograph her child, I kind of felt irritated in the beginning. However, later I began to love baby’s natural expressions. Even though my early baby photographs are mediocre, my sister says that is the best thing I had ever given to her.

Tips for Becoming a Baby Photographer

As a baby photographer, you are trying to earn from your photographs, however, you always have to remember the art factor in your photos.

First and foremost, you must be aware about clients’ wants and wishes, you can add your inputs later.

In the beginning, offer your service free and try to woe parents, later they will promote you through the word of mouth.

Get a clear picture in your mind what kind of photo you want to take. You can document a baby’s activities as well as do baby portrait photography.

Take pictures of babies in different perspective, angles and moods.

Before you begin to shoot the baby, play with him/her for a while. You can jump in the air, throw balls etc.

Use toys, colorful lights, and sounds etc. to attract the baby. To position the baby according to your want, even if you have to make faces or act silly, don’t hesitate.

Wear colorful clothes. Babies and children get attracted to vivid colors.

Ask the parents to clean the baby’s face and put nice clothes.

Always be patient during your photography session.

Try to avoid direct flash and position the subject near the light source or well lit area, and use available indirect light source or bounce light.

Take pictures of babies in different perspective, angles and moods.
Take pictures of babies in different perspective, angles and moods. | Source
You may use photo filters while taking pictures or experiment with hue, color, saturation, brightness etc during the post processing.
You may use photo filters while taking pictures or experiment with hue, color, saturation, brightness etc during the post processing. | Source

How to Become a Baby Photographer

Your photography skills may be self-taught, but if you can, attend photography schools or workshops. In photography schools and workshops, you meet people who share your passions.

Go to the places where you can meet babies and children such as Children Park, zoo, shopping center etc. You can set your mobile studio in the places where children and babies gather in large numbers.

Sometimes you are required to shoot in noisy conditions or moving subjects, try to be poised while in photography session.

If you have an assistant who does all sorts of things behind the camera to attract the baby, that is nice, otherwise you can ask the parents of your subjects to make noise or faces to calm the little ones.

Don’t be frustrated with the moving subjects. Keep shooting the baby in different angles.

Begin your photography session after the baby is nursed. Normally, well-fed babies are calm. In the mean time, you can also get better picture while the parent or nanny is nursing the baby.

Babies spend a lot of time crying, eating, sleeping or pooing. Try to look for the moment when babies are happy.

You may use photo filters while taking pictures or experiment with hue, color, saturation, brightness etc. during the post processing.

Experiment with light. You can use direct as well as diffuse light. Sometime fill light creates wonderful shots, other times bounce light is better. Learn photography lighting.

Baby photo edited on Photoshop: Though many people frown upon airbrushing (photoshoping or image manipulation), it is quite necessary in professional photography.
Baby photo edited on Photoshop: Though many people frown upon airbrushing (photoshoping or image manipulation), it is quite necessary in professional photography. | Source

Though many people frown upon airbrushing (photoshopping or image manipulation), it is quite necessary in professional photography. To get a perfect baby picture, most of the time it is essential to remove distractions, such as birthmarks, snoot, dried food particles etc., from the photo during the post-processing.

If you are a beginner, it is not necessary to open a studio. You can always work in your client’s home. If you think, a studio is necessary, you can build your studio in your home, in a spare room, basement, or outhouse.

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How to Become a Professional Baby Photographer

  • Start a photography website.
  • Create an album of your photographs.
  • Build an online and offline portfolio.
  • Advertise your skills in the print and web.
  • Print business cards.
  • Learn to accept criticism.
  • Work with other photographers.
  • Promote your works amongst your potential clients.
  • Participate in baby photography contests.
  • Attend baby shows.
  • Join photography websites and participate in the discussions.
  • Share your photos on photo sharing websites such as Flickr and Tumblr.
  • Learn to use photo-processing programs such as Photoshop or Lightroom.
  • Attend business class and learn the art of marketing.
  • Visit childcare centers and kindergartens and make yourself available for photographing events that will happen in these places.
  • Invest in good equipments. You must have a professional camera, lenses, tripod, batteries, memory cards, flash, photo printers and other accessories.

Airbrushed baby photo: To get a perfect baby picture, most of the time it is necessary to remove distractions, such as snoot, dried food particles etc., from the photo.
Airbrushed baby photo: To get a perfect baby picture, most of the time it is necessary to remove distractions, such as snoot, dried food particles etc., from the photo. | Source

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Becoming a Baby Photographer a lovely idea and definitely would be fun for me. Beautiful babies and their most natural acts, interesting and useful indeed.


angelme566 3 years ago

Look at the eyes of this babies , full of innocence and purity.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

@Jackie, so find of you to follow my works on HP. Thank you very much for your generosity.

@Vellur, thanks for always appreciating my works. Cheers


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Glad I came across this for I never got notice and just love it. I may have to refollow you to get notices coming again, as has happened in the past from others. Anyway, better late than never and it has been an enjoyable visit. I can understand it being a favorite. Gorgeous photos. ^


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great baby photos! A useful hub on becoming a baby photographer. It does take a lot of patience though, but if you love babies it is no problem at all.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

@Lovedoc, I have never been paid to take baby pictures by I have offered my professional photography service to the proud parents. LOL

@Sueswan, thanks for your wonderful feedback. Cheers

@always exploring, babies are precious. I hope I have done justice to their innocence. Thank you for reading and commenting.

@Faith, baby photographers must not only have photography skills but also must possesses art to grab baby's attention. Thanks for your inputs.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

This hub is very detailed and thorough. Great tips and suggestions. Baby Photography sounds like a wonderful career. I have noticed photographers using toys and waving their hands at the babies so they can take the perfect image. Lovely pictures and so cute. useful+


Sueswan 3 years ago

Vinaya you are a wonderful baby photographer. Great suggestions and tips.

Voted up +++


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love your baby pictures, they all are precious. Thank you for great suggestions. Cheers...


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

I love taking candid photos of my grandchildren and children when they were babies. I love all of your precious photos here!

It is a whole different story when one wants to have their photos made by a professional and they get all dressed up nice, but then they do not want to cooperate at all! As you say, very challenging, and I am sure rewarding at the same time.

In this instance one must truly know how to capture the child's attention long enough to get the great photo for sure!

Well, you certainly know your craft and how to get the great photos without a doubt. You have included a lot of great advice here.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

@Bill, thanks for your candid comment.I appreciate your visit.

@Tillsontitan, it is true that most of us have a camera and we take all sorts of pictures including baby pictures. Thank you very much for appreciating my work.

@Rosemary, it is true that professionals pose baby for the shot where as most of us take natural shots. Thank you very much for your comment.

@Jabel, thanks for commenting.

@Eddy, thank you very much for your wonderful feedback.

@livingsta, baby photography is challenging, but I have found no other field of photography as gratifying as baby photography. Thanks for being here.

@jainismus, thanks for reading, commenting and sharing useful link. Cheers

@Radha, thanks for sharing your story.

@pstraubie, perhaps your daughter will find these tips useful and informative. Thanks for stopping by.

@Rose, thanks for appreciating my images and article.

@george, it is true that baby photography is diffidence, however it is also very satisfying. Thanks for stopping by.


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

TAking pictures of babies are one of the most difficult task and this is where the baby photographers get their due. Great blog, thanks for sharing.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

First of all, I love the images! Secondly, this was a very informative article on becoming a baby photographer. You offer some very worthwhile tips. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

My daughter is an amateur photographer and is often asked to do photo sittings for young children and adults. To date she has not photographed babies for a shoot but I feel certain she would like to see this list of suggestions. Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way. ps Shared


radhapriestess 3 years ago

Very well done article on the subject. My mother never had any problem with me when they took my picture. I was a ham and loved having my picture taken, but a lot of kids don't like a stranger taking a picture. The photographer had toys and other attractions to get the child's attention. He was a very good photographer. His wife did all the background stuff like you mentioned.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

This is a great Hub supported by great images. It is very useful for new photographers who want photograph kids. I have shared this hub with my hub pages followers.

Here is a nice page very useful for photographers who want to know about equipments related to photography. Please have a look: https://www.facebook.com/photo.equipment


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting hub Vinaya. As you have mentioned here, photographing babies can be quite challenging. Thank you for sharing these tips with us. Voted up and sharing!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderfully interesting hub Vinaya and so very useful too. Voted up and wishing you a wonderful day too.

Eddy.


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jabelufiroz 3 years ago from India

Useful hub on Baby Photographer. Voted up.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Great tips and advice. I so enjoy taking photos of babies and children. I do like to wait and catch a 'natural' moment rather than have a posed photo but in the professional world it is posed photos that parents want when they are paying for them.

Great hub and voting UP


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

As always your tips are educational and well worth listening to. I love taking pictures of babies...you can tell from the hundreds I have of my grandchildren, but I'm aware there is a bit more to professional photography. If someone is paying you to photograph their child they expect the best. Novelty as a result of camera angles and or props is certainly a benefit for you and the parent.

Your niece and nephew are beautiful!

Voted this up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great tips of course. This isn't for me but for anyone considering it, these are wonderful suggestions.

bill

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