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! 🙂
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. [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. 🙂 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!
You’re so stinkin’ gorgeous Rissa!!