24th of September 2008 (Wed), 18:46
Ok.. I have never taken pictures of babys so this is what i need to know
the little girl is 14 months old and can sit up.
it will be early moring outdoors sun behind the child
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24th of September 2008 (Wed), 21:30
Let the kid be natural. Let her play, pick at the ground, pick flowers, etc. They don't all have to be looking at the camera. Make sure to get some barefoot shots too. At 14 months old, she should be walking (or if she is a late bloomer, at least standing up a little)
Get her toddling around. If she can't walk, have her hold onto a tree or bench and look at you.
Make sure mom/dad doesn't get in the way. Thats the biggest thing I hate when I photograph children is mom is always trying to get in your way and trying to get the child to look at her saying "cheese" or "look here" "Sarah" (or whatever the name is"
The kid never looks at you because mom is distracting and the kid gets confused on where to look, then gets frustrated and you have a crying kid on your hands and the end of a shoot. Make mom stay as far away as the baby is confortable with, you will get better pictures.
Find out what mom wants too. Does she want some traditional posed shots or all natural.
If she wants some posed shots, sit the baby on the ground, blanket, bench, rock, tree stump something, and turn her 3/4 not straight on, and make goofy noises to get her to look at you (a squeeky toy is always great when you are working with kids, I use a feather duster sometimes too and call it my tickle wand, these work great if you are wanting smiling pictures)
I don't know if you have any props but if you do, some great things are big fluffly tutus, old small metal bathtub, a flower, things like that)
If she has a favorite security item like a blankey, doll, teddy bear, get a few shots with that item in it as well.
An old child's rocking chair or just a regular chair sitting in an open field makes great shots too.
Have fun, be relaxed and click away because kids are fast and you have to be ready or you will miss the perfect shot. Good luck!
25th of September 2008 (Thu), 06:23
thanks so much for the advice
i will post some photos on the weekend
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