Tips for photographing Babies 

Finding the Angles Kids photos Miami Hialeah.

One of the biggest challenges in photographing babies that I know many of my friends struggle with is finding a good angle to shoot from. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

In the days following birth it is especially difficult as babies tend to be kept swaddled in bunny rugs and all you end up seeing them for 99% of the time is a little redhead. Add to that the complication of the bumps, marks, scratches and misshaped heads that newborns also tend to arrive with and finding a flattering angle that will make more than just the proud parents ooh and aah can be difficult. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

Don’t give up though, all is not lost – here are a number of things that you might want to try to help with the above problems: Kids photos Miami Hialeah

Get Down Low – one key to many natural baby shots is to get down to their level. I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last week or two lying on the floor next to Xavier. It’s something I think we both enjoy anyway but it’s also a great place to use your camera. Getting down low and getting in close (see below) does present some challenges in terms of focal length (I’m using a 24-105 zoom – usually at the widest focal length) but it means you end up with shots that feel like you’ve entered the babies world rather than you’re looking down on it from above. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

Close Ups – another way to improve the angles and make your shots seem more intimate is to get in close by either physically moving in or by using a longer focal length. I’d suggest a longer focal length for the really close shots is better than getting too close as shoving a big lens in your baby’s face could freak them out a little. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

  • Nursed Shots– some of the best shots I’ve taken over the last month have been taken when people have been nursing Xavier. This puts him in a more upright position which makes him look a little more ‘human-like’ and opens up the angles for your photos. Try a number of positions (over the shoulder, sitting him up, laying him back in arms, lying him on his tummy etc) as each one opens up different possibilities. Also remember that your baby is not the only potential subject – parents, grandparents, siblings, friends etc all can add context to the shot and you’ll appreciate having more than just baby by themselves shots later!

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  • Go Macro

We all love newborn babies because they are cute and small (if only they stayed that way). As a whole they are cute but they also are made up of many little cute body parts that present a photographer with an array of wonderful subject matter – especially if you zoom in on them. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

If your camera has a macro mode or if you’re lucky enough to have a purpose built macro lens use it to isolate a single body part (like a hand, an ear, a foot, a mouth etc) and use that as the complete focus of your shot.

Doing this accentuates the detail that is often missed in the shots many of us take – and you’ll find they punctuate your full collection of photos beautifully and can even make great feature shots. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

  1. Identify ‘Happy Times’ Kids photos Miami Hialeah

Another challenge with newborns is that they don’t tend to spend a lot of time smiling. In fact they don’t spend a lot of time doing anything much. Sleeping, feeding, pooping, crying….. is there anything else?
Keep on the lookout for those times in your baby’s life when he or she seems most settled and content. They may not smile yet but there are times in a daily routine which are better than others for photos. I find in Xavier’s day there are a couple of moments that are especially good. One is bath time (he loves it) and another is mid-morning after he’s had half of a feed and when we let him have a little ‘play’ before finishing his feed off. These are times when we’re guaranteed to get wide open eyes and even a giggle or two. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

  1. Keep Your Camera Close Kids photos Miami Hialeah

Our baby is pretty predictable in terms of his daily routine (we seem to have got him pretty settled into one already somehow) but there are moments all day long that he does something cute, disgusting, funny and worth capturing. Without the camera handy you’ll miss these moments as they are usually fleeting. We tend to leave our DSLR in our living room where we spend most of our time with him but also have a point and shoot in the bedroom for other shots. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

  1. Keep Shooting

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Babies change every day, especially in the first few months, it’s exponential and quite amazing to watch. However unless you’re looking for the changes you can easily miss them so it’s it’s important to take shots regularly. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

I have friends who took hundreds of shots in the first few days after their baby was born

But who didn’t take any shots again until he was 6 weeks old.

They realize just how much he’d changed and how much they’d failed to photograph him

Tntil they compared their early shots with the 6-week shots.

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Photos taken by a photographer while working on assignment are often work for hire belonging to the company

Or publication unless stipulated otherwise by contract.

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Professional portrait and wedding photographers often stipulate by contract that they retain the copyright of their photos

So that only they can sell further prints of the photographs to the consumer

Rather than the customer reproducing the photos by other means. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

If the customer wishes to be able to reproduce the photos themselves

They may discuss an alternative contract with the photographer in advance before the pictures are taken,

In which a larger upfront fee may be paid in exchange for reprint rights passing to the customer.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  There are major companies

who have maintained catalogs of stock photography and images for decades, such as Getty Images and others.

Since the turn of the 21st century many online stock photography catalogues have appeared

That invite photographer to sell their photos online easily and quickly, but often for very little money, without a royalty,

And without control over the use of the photo, the market it will used in

The products it will used on, time duration.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  Commercial photographers may also promote their work to advertising

And editorial art buyers via printed and online marketing vehicles.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah

Photographers are also categorized based on the subjects they photograph. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

Some photographers explore subjects typical of paintings such as landscape, still life, and portraiture.

Other photographers specialize in subjects unique to photography, including street photography, documentary photography, fashion photography, wedding photography, war photography, photojournalism, aviation photography and commercial photography.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  The exclusive right of photographers to copy and use their products are protected by copyright. Countless industries purchase photographs for use in publications and on products. The photographs seen on magazine covers, in television advertising, on greeting cards or calendars, on websites, or on products and packages, have generally been purchased for this use, either directly from the photographer or through an agency that represents the photographer.

A photographer uses a contract to sell the “license” or use of his or her photograph with exact controls regarding how often the photograph will be used, in what territory it will be used (for example U.S. or U.K. or other), and exactly for which products. Kids photos Miami Hialeah  This is usually referred to as usage fee and is used to distinguish from production fees (payment for the actual creation of a photograph or photographs).  An additional contract and royalty would apply for each additional use of the photograph. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

 The contract may be for only one year, or other duration.

The photographer usually charges a royalty as well as a one-time fee, depending on the terms of the contract.

The contract may be for the non-exclusive use of the photograph

Mmeaning the photographer can sell the same photograph for more than one use during the same year

Or for the exclusive use of the photograph (only that company may use the photograph during the term).

The contract can also stipulate that the photographer entitled to audit the company for determination of royalty payments.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  Royalties vary depending on the industry buying the photograph and the use

For example, royalties for a photograph used on a poster or in television advertising may be higher than for use on a limited run of brochures.

A royalty also often based on the size of which the photo will used in a magazine or book

And cover photos usually command higher fees than photos used elsewhere in a book or magazine.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  Photos taken by a photographer while working on assignment are often work for hire belonging to the company or publication unless stipulated otherwise by contract.   Professional portrait and wedding photographers often stipulate by contract that they retain the copyright of their photos, so that only they can sell further prints of the photographs to the consumer, rather than the customer reproducing the photos by other means.  If the customer wishes to able to reproduce the photos themselves, they may discuss an alternative contract with the photographer in advance before the pictures taken, in which a larger upfront fee may paid in exchange for reprint rights passing to the customer.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  There are major companies who have maintained catalogs of stock photography and images for decades, such as Getty Images and others. Since the turn of the 21st century many online stock photography catalogues have appeared that invite photographer to sell their photos online easily and quickly, but often for very little money, without a royalty, and without control over the use of the photo, the market it will be used in, the products it will be used on, time duration, Kids photos Miami Hialeah  etc.

 Commercial photographers may also promote their work to advertising and editorial art buyers via printed and online marketing vehicles. As in other arts, the definitions of amateur and professional are not entirely categorical. A professional photographer is likely to take photographs to make money, by salary or through the display, sale or use of those photographs. An amateur photographer may take photographs for pleasure and to record an event, emotion, place, as a person without a monetary motivation. Family photographer Miami Hialeah

A professional photographer may be an employee, for example of a newspaper, or may contract to cover a particular planned event such as a wedding or graduation, or to illustrate an advertisement. Others, including paparazzi and fine art photographers, are freelancers, first making a picture and then offering it for sale or display. Some workers, such as crime scene detectives, estate agents, journalists and scientists, make photographs as part of other work. Photographers who produce moving rather than still pictures often Kids photos Miami Hialeah  called cinematographers, videographers or camera operators, depending on the commercial context. Family photographer Miami Hialeah

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  An amateur may make considerable sums entering work in contests for prize money or through the occasional inclusion of their work in magazines or the archive of a photo agency. The term professional may also imply preparation, for example, by academic study, by the photographer in pursuit of photographic skills. Kids photos Miami Hialeah  There are no compulsory registration requirement for professional photographer status, so ambivalent or overlapping concepts apply here as they do in other areas of unregulated artistic activity, such as painting or writing. Family photographer Miami Hialeah

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  As in other arts, the definitions of amateur and professional are not entirely categorical. A professional photographer is likely to take photographs to make money

By salary or through the display, sale or use of those photographs.

An amateur photographer may take photographs for pleasure and to record an event, emotion, place,

As a person without a monetary motivation. Family photographer Miami Hialeah

A professional photographer may be an employee, for example of a newspaper

Or may contract to cover a particular planned event such as a wedding or graduation, or to illustrate an advertisement.

Others, including paparazzi and fine art photographers, are freelancers

First making a picture and then offering it for sale or display.

Some workers, such as crime scene detectives, estate agents, journalists and scientists

Aake photographs as part of other work.

Photographers who produce moving rather than still pictures often called cinematographers, videographers

Or camera operators, depending on the commercial context. Family photographer Miami Hialeah

Kids photos Miami Hialeah

  An amateur may make considerable sums entering work in contests for prize money

Or through the occasional inclusion of their work in magazines or the archive of a photo agency.

The term professional may also imply preparation, for example, by academic study

By the photographer in pursuit of photographic skills. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

There are no compulsory registration requirement for professional photographer status

So ambivalent or overlapping concepts apply here as they do in other areas of unregulated artistic activity

Such as painting or writing. Family photographer Miami Hialeah

  An amateur may make considerable sums entering work in contests for prize money

Or through the occasional inclusion of their work in magazines or the archive of a photo agency.

The term professional may also imply preparation, for example, by academic study

By the photographer in pursuit of photographic skills. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

There are no compulsory registration requirement for professional photographer status

So ambivalent or overlapping concepts apply here as they do in other areas of unregulated artistic activity

Such as painting or writing.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah  Photographers are also categorized based on the subjects they photograph.   Some photographers explore subjects typical of paintings such as landscape, still life, and portraiture. Other photographers specialize in subjects unique to photography, including street photography, documentary photography, fashion photography, wedding photography, war photography, photojournalism, aviation photography and commercial photography. Family photographer Miami Hialeah

  The exclusive right of photographers to copy and use their products protected by copyright. Countless industries purchase photographs for use in publications and on products.

The photographs seen on magazine covers, in television advertising, on greeting cards or calendars, on websites

Or on products and packages, have generally purchased for this use

Either directly from the photographer or through an agency that represents the photographer.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah

A photographer uses a contract to sell the “license” or use of his or her photograph

With exact controls regarding how often the photograph will used, in what territory it will used

For example U.S. or U.K. or other, and exactly for which products. Kids photos Miami Hialeah

This s usually referred to as usage fee and is used to distinguish from production fees

Payment for the actual creation of a photograph or photographs.

Kids photos Miami Hialeah

An additional contract and royalty would apply for each additional use of the photograph.

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