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Shooting While Baby-Wearing!

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As most of you know, I recently gave birth to a sweet little boy [Liam] who is now 2 months old! It’s crazy to believe that we’ve had him for that long. People aren’t kidding when they say time flies once you have a baby.

Now, because I am continuing being a full-time photographer, I figured I should probably get some practice shooting while having Liam in a carrier strapped to me. If I’ve taken your photographs before, you know how daring I am during a shoot; standing on walls & rocks, balancing on chairs and rickety benches, laying on the ground or the sand to get the perfect shot!

Well, now when I schedule sessions, I have to keep in mind that there will be some times when Jon won’t be at a shoot with me or I won’t always have a babysitter for Liam [which at this point, I don’t even want to leave him with anyone yet!]. I’ll have to have a backup plan as long as it’s possible to shoot with him. So I asked my best friend Marissa if she would come over and model for me while I have Liam strapped in his carrier. So you’ll notice in the photos that the background wasn’t ideal, but we worked with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what I learned during my first attempt of shooting with a baby:

  • Make sure baby has just eaten so you know he’ll be sleeping for the duration of the session.ย [Liam had 30 min before his next feeding so he was awake the entire time and a little fussy]
  • Don’t shoot in the middle of the day as the sun will be bright and certain ways you turn, it will be in your baby’s eyes [which also makes them fussy] or it will make them hot & sweaty.. never a comfortable state to be in. [We shot around 3:30, normally I would shoot 2 hours before sunset.]
  • Keep in mind that when a baby is awake, they’ll probably be moving around. When trying to focus the camera, this could become a problem and you’ll have to shoot twice as many photos to make sure you get a clear shot.
  • Depending on what carrier you use, it may sit to high up where the camera will come close to their little head. [I will have to try out different carriers that we have because the one I was wearing (Baby Bjorn) was too high.]
  • Lastly, it’s a little more difficult to squat, lean and maneuver the camera when you have a baby strapped to you. Be prepared to ask for help up!

I do, however, think our little 30 minute session would have gone a lot smoother if I had fed him right before and he was napping the whole time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though baby carrying made things a little more difficult, I still enjoyed shooting and the pictures came out great! I think, with more practice and figuring out a carrier that works best, shooting with Liam will become a breeze!

Thanks for reading, friends! If you have any other questions or even some advice if you’ve shot with a baby, please feel free to share! I’d love to hear what ways you think work best!

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You’re so stinkin’ gorgeous Rissa!!

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xoxo, Tiff

Tiffany McClure

Hi friends! Thank you so much for checking out this blog post. Please feel free to post a comment, tell us what you liked or ask any questions! It really helps the blog out when we get feedback from you guys! Please contact me if you’d like to schedule your own photo session! ๐Ÿ™‚

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