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Rita Spiegel is an Oceanside-based portrait and pet photographer. Photographs not only to document our lives, but also tell a story. They bring back memories at a glance. Click here to get back to the main website: www.RitaSpiegel.com or Rita@RitaSpiegel.com. I invite you to look through my portfolios and I hope you enjoy my images.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Model Freddy in a "How to Photograph a Baby" Session

Photography babies can be fun, but you can a challenge to photograph.  Here are few tips to help you and anyone who wants to photograph babies. At 7-months old, my Grand-Nephew, Freddy growing and changing every time I see him.  He likes to smile and gives funny looks when eating his solid food.

My sister, Diane, wanted an updated photo of "Grandma, Grandpa and Freddy" for her wall. While at Francine's (my niece) house, we had a great time taking photos, playing and watching Freddy eat. I just love his little chair. Such a big boy, sitting up by himself.  Images like this also make fun and interesting photographs.  Don't just shoot babies in standard setting.

When you are photographing babies, look for fun and interesting view points to shoot from.  Patience is key as well.  If the baby gets tired, take a break.  You'll be less stressed and so will he/she. In this case ... he.

You don't always need to have people starring at the camera.  By coming in close to your subjects, you can add softness to your images.  For "mother and baby", this highlights the love and affection they share.

Francine just picked Freddy up after nap and we were able to catch this image.  You don't always have to pose people. Candid shoots are great to include in your picture album.

Uncle Wayne had a great time playing with Freddy.  This is another example of photographing the moment.  You can capture the funny looks that babies' show us.  Wayne was just lifting him up and down, but the look is precious. Yes ... Wayne is not really in the photo, but in this image, the baby is the main subject.  But if you look at Wayne, his arms and shoulder provide angles and interest in this image.

With digital cameras you don't need to worry about the number of images. Keep taking pictures ... you may take 200 pictures to have 20 outstanding ones. No one will ever need to see the 180 pictures that didn't come out, were blurred or too light/dark.

These are just a few tips to help you.  For more information, check out The Art of Children's Portrait Photography by Tamara Lackrey. But remember, the important  thing to have fun taking images of your baby. 

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