The calm of a sleeping newborn in these photographs gives zero insight to the storm that came before and after that moment to anyone with an untrained eye. Working with children and babies demands immense patience, and with newborns you just have to be ready to accept any and everything. Here you have a snap of my daughter, Harper, on her nine-month-old birthday. It’s a tranquil evening in Orange County with a gorgeous sky and golden hour sunlight.
She appears amused and content. It took hours to prepare for this shoot, conceptualize and set up everything, and the entire session lasted about fifteen minutes. That is because this photo was taken five minutes before Harper decided she was less than satisfied for some ever-mysterious reason, something she chose to indicate by screaming loudly and incessantly. Baby photography demands efficiency, warmth, and a flexible attitude. After having three children, I have learned to accept the inevitable.
As a mother of three, I understand that it is more than merely difficult to get children and babies to sit still and not scream, much less capture a series of great shots depicting those moments when they were calm and happy to remember for eternity. I also know now how to circumnavigate their moods, keep them interested and get the most out of a photography session. For some kids this requires strange noises—the human mouth is the greatest synthesizer in existence. For others, they might need something more sophisticated to spark their curiosity.
The parents know their child best. One great way to prepare for a photo shoot is to figure out what interests the child so you know how to pique his or her interest. It could be verbal cues, a silly face, or their favorite toy. Some children are even fascinated by the click of the camera itself. Figure out what makes your child sit up with interest, and we will use it together to get the most out of your Orange County baby photography session.