I have read many tips on other blogs & I have to say most of them have worked for me. I love hearing new ways/tricks & tips. So here are my top 5 favorite tricks & tips. Yes, each tip will have the blog it came from under neath.
1. Props, you can never go wrong with using props for babies & children. For Babies, keep lots of clean wipes, blankets & a heating pad to keep things warm. Everyone loves a naked baby photo, but the mess that comes with that is unreal. YOU WILL GET PEED ON! :) its a matter of time. Keep all clean up supplies close and ready. Children love to play, have things they can play with, if they need a break. Encourage them to play with the props that way you can continue taking photos, what you capture might surprise you. (my own tip, newborn sessions should be held when the new baby is 4-13 days old. After 13 days it is very hard to get the new baby to cuddle up into a tight little bundle.)
Props blog: http://www.propinsanity.com/winter-newborn-how-to-with-kristen-caldwell/
2. "Show your children/clients the images you are taking. Let them chimp after a few shots, this typically gets kids excited to be part of the shoot instead of just your subject. Yes, I know that your camera was not cheap, but you can even let them hold the camera and show them what you are doing. It gets their interest and they are much more apt to working with you and not against you."
Photography tips: http://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/8-tips-for-photographing-uncooperative-children/
3. My own tip, never get frustrated with a child who is not cooperating, you will end up seeing that in your photos. Have them play a game, a photography game. The rules are, they chose a pose then you chose. The parents can join in too. Have them play patty cake, have them sing a song, all the while you are snapping your photos.
4. "Join the child’s world. Bend down, play with them, ask them to show you what they are doing. This allows them to be comfortable with you; and the more fun you seem like you are having, the more fun they will have." <~ I love all her tips!
Child posing tips: http://www.slrlounge.com/posing-guide-for-photographing-children
5. "Use A Tripod -Any slight movement in the camera can throw out your sharpness (focus). Often times, you will not notice it until you are back home, upload the pictures to your computer, and it is too late. For a long time I used a tripod to avoid any shakes. I don´t anymore, but I must say it took me some time to learn to shoot without it and still get sharp images. In the beginning I felt that using a tripod was a great help, especially to get those tack sharp eyes. I used a Manfrotto tripod – Love the quality and stability they give. When you get more experienced with how to control the camera settings in manual, you can begin to shoot hand-held, even in low light." - These tips are wonderful on this blog. Can't stress using a tripod enough.
Getting Sharp Photos: http://christinagreve.com/2011/04/10-ways-to-get-perfect-focus-every-time/
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