EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BABY FLATLAYS – BABY PHOTOGRAPHY
To begin with, let me put this out loud and clear, I’m not a professional photographer neither have I attended any photography classes in the past. All that I know about photography is through my own research and through my husband. And of course, I have learned a whole lot in the past 5-6 years taking photos of our children.
If you don’t follow me on Instagram (which you totally should by the way) you may have seen a lot of baby photos and photos of my daughters. I don’t post many photos of the girls because unlike BabyZ they are pretty hard subjects to work with. Haha!
Moving on, very often I get asked for tips on how to take the photos like I do on my Instagram feed. Honestly, I don’t have a textbook method for you all to follow (I really wish there was) but here are some of the best tips and tricks that have and still work for me. I really hope these tips will come to your use too.
START WITH AN IDEA
As simple as it sounds. Start with an idea. It could be a very simple or a complex one. If you are anything like me and get your ideas all through the day in all kinds of random places like the park, or when standing in a queue, in the middle of a shower, just before bedtime etc, make a note of it immediately. You can always come back and tweak it as per your liking.
It’s true when they say props can make or break any photo. Think of props as a part of your photo but let them not take the entire attention. Choose as many or as less as you want depending on the kind of photo you are going to take.
I use no more than 3 props in a given photo. But feel free to include anything you think can add value to your photo. Just be sure not to use too many props, it can make your photo too ‘busy’.
If you are working with a sleeping baby as I do, preparing beforehand would be a smart move. But don’t overstress yourself. Just keep basic things ready for the photo so you can get straight to work as soon as your baby falls asleep.
If your subject is awake, then be extra cautious, you don’t want anything tiny or sharp around a baby. With active baby, you need to be more mindful and pay attention to your child when working with them. Always remember your child’s safety should be your top priority at all times.
TRY DIFFERENT ANGLES
Always be ready to experiment. Try different angles, see what works for you and the photo you want to take. For me, the top angle works best. I know so many people who are great at close-ups and top-down photos and what not. Just find your style.
If you are not happy with the way your photo looks after you spent a good hour prepping and shooting it, it’s normal. Just go easy on yourself. Try it again, on another day. When you are stuck at something, it’s best to let it go for a few days and start it afresh. This simple mantra has always worked for me. Plus it makes room for creativity. So don’t be scared to play around and have fun while doing all of this.
If you found any of these tips helpful do leave me a comment down below so I know. And if I inspired you to take any photos be sure to share them on your Instagram and tag me in them. You can also DM me instead. I’d love to see your work and feature them on my Instagram stories too. Goodluck to you!