Newborn photography : “can you make my baby smile ?
As a newborn photographer , I get asked this question often. When I ask parents if they have a special request they usually answer “can you take a photo of my baby smiling in it?”and I tell them “I will try, but I cannot guarantee it!”
I totally understand why parents have that request though. I mean, aren’t smiling babies the cutest thing on this planet ?
The truth is… not all babies smile during a session, but they all make cute faces which I certainly capture 100% of the time. If baby smiles, then I can also guarantee I will take a photo of it. I have learnt to be quick ! For safety reasons I never wear my camera around my neck when I am touching baby, but my camera is on the floor, right next to me. Within a blink on an eye, I put my camera strap around my neck, and take a photo, LUCKY LUKE style.
These first smiles, which we witness during a newborn photography session, happen when baby is very relaxed and content, and usually, they smile a couple of times in a row. When that doesn’t happen, I am always happy to hang around until baby smiles again.
And sometimes you can see they are about to smile, I don’t know how to describe it, you just learn it, then giving a gentle stroke on one check going from the mouth to the ear will bring that smile !
Another thing that helps me catch smiles in photographs is when they are entering that sleep with rapid eye movement (REM). Their breathing changes, I always think they are chasing sheep… They are so cute when they do this !
Here’s more smiles below. Enjoy. Isabelle Newborn Photography.
Isabelle is a newborn photographer based in Brisbane, Australia.
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