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Baby Photography Singapore – Journalistic Style

Baby photography is an art form. Many photographers choose babies as subjects for their wide appeal. Parents will always be drawn to photos of babies and children. Human interest pictures with babies in them have their special appeal. Photo galleries focusing on babies may even see better foot traffic than other subjects.

There are many styles of taking baby photos. One of this is the journalistic style of baby photography. It is most compelling. Seen through the photographer’s camera lens is a story. A shot taken provides the viewer a snapshot of what was happening at the time it was taken. It may even emotionally move viewers.

Some examples of this style may be: a sepia photo of a baby reaching out and holding on to his grandfather’s offered thumb as the old man looks loving back at him; a baby contentedly suckling his mother’s breast while the mother holds him close; or a trusting baby taking his first steps towards his delighted father.

There are many priceless moments that a photographer with a journalistic eye can catch and immortalize in photographs. It takes a lot of patience or perseverance and practice. Can it be learned? Yes it can. After all, ‘practice makes perfect.’ With constant practice comes ability.

There is but a short window to capture all those special moments you want to take of your baby: as a newborn, an infant and later a child. As parent, you will want to document your baby’s growth and development.

Face and body shots only show how the baby looks. What is most arresting, possibly later even most memorable and rewarding are the action photos or those journalistic style photos that speak in volumes. Journalistic style baby photography can produce contest winning materials. If you feel you have what it takes, develop your skills by practicing your capabilities.

Your baby is the best subject for you. As parent, he is with you every day. Seen through your eyes, create photographs that evoke feelings as what you experience while taking the shots. The photos taken may have been at a park, in a mall or just at home. Your objective every time should be to look through the lens and tell a story. This would require you to step back and take the bigger picture; to put in elements that matter. Your creations are your work of art. Make yours special every time.

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Children Photography Singapore – The Natural Approach

Children photography is no easy task. Some children have short attention span while some children are camera-shy. Some children can barely sit still under the heavy lights. It is even harder to make children do what you have in mind. The truth is, being a photographer especially for children requires a certain kind of talent and patience that not everybody possesses.

The most important thing to remember with children photography is that you must get to know your model. Talk to them about their hobbies and interests. Make eye contact. Be genuinely interested, not patronizing. Listen to them as closely as possible. Treat them as equals. The kids will open up to you, ensuring that you will get some natural expressions in your camera. Children always know if someone is just pretending to like them, so be as sincere as possible.

During the shoot, keep your set up simple and neat. A one-light set up is enough in most situations. You wouldn’t want the children running around tripping over your softbox and lightstands. For a more natural approach, it is recommended to just make use of ambient light. If the space you are working on has light filtering through the windows, skip the softbox and go natural!

Allow the kids to choose from a variety of props or toys. This will give you some insight on their personalities, as well as give them the freedom to choose whatever they want. When taking the photos, take occasional breaks. Put the camera down to smile or listen to the kid. If they say they are tired, let them sit for a while. If they want to play, give them the go signal. Kids love being able to do what they want. If you restrict them, they will get mad or fussy.

It might be difficult if the children don’t listen to you, but it is up to you as the photographer to compromise. If they aren’t facing the right light, you have to learn to adjust yourself or, in some cases, improvise. Walk around and discover the child’s best angle. Be sure to get the kid’s innocence and mood in your photograph. When you can capture a child’s genuine emotion in your photos, then you can say that you are finally a good children photographer.

Children photography is not an easy art, yet both rewarding and exciting. You will find that every photo is special on its own.

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