Continuous shooting mode is your best friend when it comes to baby photography.
One of the hardest and most challenging things to deal with when it comes to filming babies is the fact that they do not understand instructions. You cannot really talk to them or communicate with them. This means that any planned shots that you may have can only be initiated when the baby is asleep. Any time after that, and you will be pretty much forced to “swing it” and think on your feet one way or the other. They do have their charming and adorable moments though but they are too fleeting and they pass by too fast. Once they pass by and you have missed out on the opportunity to capture those moments, they are pretty much lost forever. The best chance you get in capturing those rare and precious moments is for you to take advantage of your camera’s continuous shooting mode. That way, you are able to take batches of pictures at any certain given time and sift through the meaningful moments in between, not missing out on anything.
Schedule you photo shoot within the first ten days of the baby’s life.
Baby photography is all about striking with the right kind of timing. The most peaceful and docile stage of a baby’s life is during the first ten days after he is born. This is because of the fact that the baby is more often than not asleep or just feeding and he does not really do anything much in between. The fact that the baby is asleep all of the time puts you at an incredible advantage of being able to “mold” the baby into doing everything that you have planned out for as far as poses and props are concerned. If the photo shoot is scheduled after the first ten days, the baby tends to get more alert than usual and more reactive than usual. This can cause quite a problem for you and for your baby photography repertoire because of the fact that you will be facing a little more resistance than usual. You might as well make sure that you are able to advise the parents ahead of time that timing is everything. Get them to book well ahead of time because you are basically working on a very limited window one way or the other.
Take advantage of the air brushing options.
As adorable as babies are and as perfect as they may seem to their parents, the point of the matter is that you have to look at them a little more objectively because you are the expert in baby photography. There will always be milk stains, saliva drops, tiny rashes, tiny scratch marks, and so on and so forth in their skin. You might not mind it as much but the camera can be quite unforgiving. A quick solution to this would be for you to take advantage of air brushing techniques to smoothen out the skin tone and any possible inconsistencies one way or the other.