Have you ever wondered what a newborn baby photographer’s day look like? Of course, it is full of emotions and joy and a lot of work. Everyday in the life of a newborn photographer is more or less the way it is in the everyday life of the mother or father of the child.
Every new born baby photographer has to do a lot of organizing, planning and arranging. You don’t want your client–the baby–to get injured. While many of your clients are still infants, and cannot move by themselves, a good number of the babies you will take pictures of are able to crawl and move around. So, the first thing on the mind of a new born photographer who has an appointment with a client is to make sure that the environment is safe.
However, a new born baby photographer’s day begins the day before.
The Previous Day
Here are a few things I do to make sure that everything is perfect the next day.
- Follow up with my clients’ mother or guardian. I make sure that I do this so that I am sure the client is showing up the next day.
- Clean up my cameras and get my gear ready. I charge my batteries, get my lenses cleaned up and make sure I have enough memory cards.
- If I am going to the client’s home, I check address to be sure that I know the fastest – and easiest – route. I don’t want to get the venue late.
- I re-check my schedule and practice all the poses I will like to try out for the baby. I do this in front of the mirror to ensure that I have it all committed in my memory. If I think that I will forget, I write them down.
- As a newborn photographer – you can check out my portfolio at https://www.kingshillstudios.co.uk/ – I always want to look good and presentable. I iron my clothes and hang or fold them neatly in the wardrobe.
The Next Day
On the D-day, I do the following
- I re-check everything I packed the previous day and pack all the props I will need – even those that I don’t need.
- I pack all extra gear which includes an extra camera, extra lenses, extra memory cards and so on. It is important that I do these. You never can tell what can go wrong and you have to be prepared.
- If the pictures are to be taken in the house of the client, I pack all these into the car and make sure the car is ready to work.
- I also pack lunch. Every photographer has to eat. You might not get the chance to do that for hours on end.
- If the client will be coming to my studio, then I organize my workspace.
- First, I look around for dangerous objects and move them away.
- Next, I clean up the environment. I don’t want my clients going back home with an allergy, for example.
- Then I arrange all my props and gear in the right place. I also properly fix all lightings and test-run the all the equipment to see how they work.
- I anticipate the arrival of my client.
- When my client arrives, then I switch into full work mode.
- I introduce myself, not to the mother, father or guardian, but to the baby. It is important that the baby gets to know you and is aware of your presence.
After that, work begins, which is set of details on its own.
As a newborn photographer, my days are full of so many activities. Even beyond this, I have to select the best pictures, edit them and send them to my clients. Anyway, the joy is in helping my clients preserve these wonderful memories, right?