Now that your bub has arrived, it is time for the next important thing: a photoshoot. After all, you want to be able to capture these precious, fleeting days as soon as possible, before they are completely behind you. Trouble is, a baby photoshoot is not exactly one of the easiest things in the world. As any parent knows, getting through a regular day is challenging enough as it is. How on earth will you be able to get through an entire photoshoot? Well, firstly, no need to panic. There are many parents who do make it through, albeit slightly worse for wear but otherwise unscathed. You do need to get it done, so the best way is to be prepared and plan very well.
KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
It is important to communicate with your photographer, particularly if you are first-time parents. You yourself are on a learning curve, so if you want to be able to take control of the situation, you need to know what you are in for. Hopefully, the photographer you have selected has extensive experience with baby photography, so you can receive some guidance. That way, you can find out some of the most common challenges and what you can do to deal with them or avoid them altogether. Remember, communication is key.
PLENTY OF WARMTH, THROWS AND BLANKETS
There is no way babies would be at all comfortable on a stone cold floor or environment, so make sure the studio is heated (if you are having the shoot in a studio), and bring along lots of blankets. You want to be able to wrap your kid up comfortably if need be. You see, babies and new-born’s in particular, are still getting used to their environment. After leaving the comfort and warmth of the womb, the harsh outside environment can take some time to settle in. Outdoor shoots are a little easier, provided you do it in warm weather.
TAKE YOUR BABY BAG
Your baby has absolutely no idea about what is going on, and certainly not the slightest clue of its importance. So he/she, will continue being a baby, doing baby things. It is your responsibility as the parent, to recognise this and be ready. Take your baby bag with you. Pack diapers, powder, wipes and whatever else you need for however long you will be there. The last thing you want is to run back home and back to the shoot when you are already under enough stress as it is. Photographers who have experience with family photography in Singapore (especially with babies), should advise you on this as part of their job.
SET PLENTY OF TIME
It is one thing to schedule an engagement shoot for say 3 hours, but it would be silly to do the same for a shoot. Though you book it all, it is all in the baby’s control. Your timing and photographs will also be according to baby’s biding. If the kid is in an incorrigible mood, you may have to reschedule. If they feels like napping throughout, then you will have to make do with that. You will also need to feed and change them throughout, which can take up time, so it is best to set aside an entire day.