Baby shoot


conexus

Link Posted 03/07/2009 - 11:20
Hi all
I have a baby shoot (6 months) this pm my first.
I have two Bowens, one with a large softbox, I have another softbox which contains my flash (optically operated.
several white cloth backdrop and a large canteen table all this is in an empty office space.
any ideas or tips
Mike Court
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mikew

Link Posted 03/07/2009 - 11:49
Valium? (for you not the baby)

Possibly a bit more helpful
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Darkmunk

Link Posted 03/07/2009 - 12:32
Babies have such perfect skin you don't need to get too clever - much better to have a nice stress-free environment.
Keep it simple, don't worry about white backdrops - too much trouble
One softbox and a black drape behind and preferably to sit on too.


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Darkmunk

Link Posted 03/07/2009 - 12:33
Babies have such perfect skin you don't need to get too clever - much better to have a nice stress-free environment.
Keep it simple, don't worry about white backdrops - too much trouble
One softbox and a black drape behind and preferably to sit on too.
Quickly grabbed this while her mum was yapping...



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Last Edited by Darkmunk on 03/07/2009 - 12:34

beakynet

Link Posted 03/07/2009 - 13:14
I would also add:

Don't worry about eye contact too much. Get the mother/father to stand behind you with one of their toys/something to attract their attention.

Keep to short bursts as I found that babies can be quite sensative to the flash.

I also, even though they are only 6 months, like to show them the picture on the camera, can get them more interested in the camera itself.

Don't forget to consider including parent/parents. This might be a good way to start.

Just some thoughs based on taking pictures of my two when they were that age.
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pentaxian450

Link Posted 03/07/2009 - 15:02
Don't forget to take shots of the hands and feet, with parents hands next to them to show the difference/contrast. If you think you might have to do pictures of the same baby later on, bring a large stuff toy to use as a reference point. When you go for another shoot, bring the same stuff toy to show the relationship difference between then and now. You can also suggest to the parent to use the same toy regularly when they take pictures of the kid to show the progression of the baby. Luckily for you, they are not as mobile at 6 months than 24 months.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)
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