Please Stop Crying! How To Work With Newborns

General August 22nd 2013 10:17 AM One Comment

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There are more babies born in September than any other month of the year. Why? Well, let’s just say that New Year’s Eve activities don’t always stop with a simple kiss.

For photographers, this means plenty of newborn photography job offerings are on the way in the coming weeks. Just in case your fear of mishandling babies and suffering through a scream-fest of a photo shoot are as real as mine, check the following tips from award-winning newborn photography Kelly “the baby whisperer” Brown on how to create the right environment for newborns. Follow these steps to increase your chances of success and making it out alive!

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Regulate the Temperature In Your Photography Studio

Keep in mind that newborn babies have spent the last nine months in the womb. The womb is about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so babies tend to be at their most relaxed in a warm room. I set my studio’s heater to about 80 degrees, which seems to be the most comfortable temperature for newborns. Plus, this temp will keep their skin nice and peachy, while they could get blotchy patches if they’re too cold.

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Amp Up the Ambient Sound

Newborns are inundated with noise during their nine months in gestation. Not only do they hear their mother’s heartbeat, they tune into her blood flow, digestive system, and her voice! While you don’t want to play loud music during your newborn photo sessions, you might try plugging in a white noise machine (you can download white noise apps on iTunes) or a heartbeat monitor to recreate the baby’s time in the womb.

Go Hands-Free

Babies keep their arms by their faces while in the womb, so it’s best to keep their hands free so that they’re nice and comfortable during your session, Plus, newborns will scrunch up their hands and curl into a sweet little ball if they aren’t swaddled –– giving you a great, natural shot.

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Happy Parents Make For a Happy Baby

Chances are your clients are extremely tired from lack of sleep –– not to mention stressed about the new addition to their family. Newborns pick up on their parents’ stress levels, so the more relaxed and comfortable you keep mom and dad, the better. Make parents feel welcome, offer them some water, and try to connect with them on a personal level. The calmer the parents are, the calmer the baby will be!

For more tips, you can find Kelly Brown teaching “Bumps to Babies: Photographing Motherhood” alongside photographer Sue Bryce from August 23rd to August 25thKelly4

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Topher Kelly is a San Francisco based freelance writer and editor at creativeLIVE – an online education platform dedicated to providing free interactive photography, business and design courses taught by some of the world’s best instructors.

One Comment

  1. Jason

    We did a session with Kelly. I was so impressed with how gentle and calming she was. Our baby girl barely stirred through the whole shoot!

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