Schedule the baby photography shoot during the morning.
Mornings are the best times of the day for you to be able to schedule your baby photography session. The reason behind this is pretty self explanatory and pretty understandable, even from the standpoint of someone who is not yet a parent. During the mornings, babies are usually less prone to tantrums or bouts of crying because they are more or less relaxed. They have just woken up from a good night’s sleep. They have just been recently bathed so they feel refreshed and relaxed. They have also just been recently fed so that are full and they are not irritable in any way, shape or form. This will allow you two hours or so of uninterrupted baby photography bliss while you shoot or film away and they will be more than happy to oblige.
You need to make sure that you are able to work fast though because they can change their disposition in the blink of an eye and without so much more than just a moment’s notice. Try to take advantage of the continuous shooting mode option in your camera to make sure that you get to have all of the frames that you could possibly need. Every single yawn, blink, laughter, smile, and so on and so forth is precious and fleeting and being able to document them will be highly appreciated by the parents in more ways than you could ever imagine.
Veer away from artificial lighting.
Babies are extremely sensitive to light. After all, they have lived in the past nine months being ensconced in the darkness inside their mother’s womb so it is pretty understandable. You will need to go out of your way to make sure that you get to maximize the use of natural light as much as possible. Position the baby outdoors or near window, if the options are readily available to you. Harsh fluorescent lighting or the blinding flash coming from the camera can really agitate a baby and considering the fact that your photo shoot session is already limited enough as it is, using harsh artificial lighting will only get to cut it short all the more. If you really have no other option because the studio is closed shut, you can opt for gentler and more ambient lighting instead.
Make the photo shoot area visually stimulating yet comforting at the same time.
Make sure that you set everything up well in advance, including the photo shoot area. You will need to make it visually appealing to the baby and make sure that he stays toasty as well all throughout the duration of the baby photography session so that you will be able to maximize the amount of time that you are being given.
Include the parents all throughout the process.
Have the parents sign off during the baby photography shoot as often as you possibly can. Have them quickly look over the shots and ask for affirmation whether or not they are satisfied with the shots that you were able to take. This will save you a lot of headache in the long run.