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Organizing Baby's First Photo Shoot

You may already have a photographer in mind, but if you don't, here are suggestions on choosing one:

  • Ask friends for recommendations for reputable photographers whose style you like.
  • Search the Internet for Web sites of local photographers. This way you get to preview their style and offerings.
  • Ask the studio/photographer for references and meet the photographer in advance to be sure you click with his or her personality. You want to be completely comfortable and feel like you can clearly communicate with the photographer.
According to Karen Leach, a professional photographer in Los Angeles, California, a good photographer can get a great photo no matter what. She says that she has never done a shoot where she didn't get something she and the parents liked. In the end, carefully choosing the photographer determines what you wind up with in the end.
Consider the following when choosing a photographer:

  • Film versus digital
  • Color versus black and white
  • Studio versus natural light
  • Artificial background versus natural environment
  • Is there a location fee?
  • How do they handle an uncooperative baby? This is important in the event baby becomes irritable and needs a break.
  • Can he do mother/baby photos and family photos at the same time?
  • Will the photographer incorporate one of baby's favorite toys?
Leach also says that it's important to get baby's portrait done as soon as possible. In fact, schedule sessions in advance to capture baby at one-month, three-months, six-months, and one-year. The key is to not miss the important shots and keep in mind these photographs will become family heirlooms one day.

Ask the photographer if you can "shadow" them to get a record of Baby's first photo-shoot. This could be a fun way to record baby's first photo shoot experience or at least get one or two photos.

Once the photo shoot begins, there is the possibility that baby will become uncooperative, for good reason. She may just need a short break to eat or a diaper change. Take a few minutes and relax, keeping in mind baby takes her cues from mom. Photographers who take baby pictures not only know that this can happen but anticipate it and build extra time into the shoot.

Some babies will naturally be comfortable around unfamiliar faces, and others will scream at the top of their lungs if they don't recognize the person. If your baby is stuck to you like glue, capturing a professional photograph can be challenging. To maintain your sanity and stable blood pressure, keep expectations low, be willing to go with the flow, and know that the experience you have with the first photo shoot is one that you want to make memorable no matter how frustrated you might get.

Here are some additional tips for making the experience a good one:
  • Schedule the photo shoot just after baby's naptime or when baby is at her best.
  • Wait until you get to the studio or photo location before dressing baby in her photo-shoot clothing. Also, immediately put a bib on her until it's time to have the photo taken to avoid spit-up on her outfit.
  • Stay close by so baby is comfortable, but stay out of the shot.
Good Idea! Bring one of baby's favorite toys for the photographer to hold near the camera to get baby's attention.

posted on: 8/6/2008 9:00:00 AM by Stacey Crew
category: Family

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Having a Baby? Have a New Baby? G.O. Here!

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I'm Stacey Crew, mom, author and professional organizer. With more than 12 years of experience in the corporate world, 10 years as a parent, and professional organizer and business owner for the past 4 years, I'm excited to share my experience with you. Since I started my business in 2003, I've published two books and serviced well over 100 organizing clients. Prior to that, I had the experience of moving five times in six years and having two children along the way. I guess you could say I've been busy. I'm passionate about my work to help ease women's stress through time and space organizing solutions. I look forward to sharing my expertise with you and answering any specific questions you may have as they relate to organizing.

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