My neighbors have invited me to photograph their baby son. He's about four months old (holding head up but not yet sitting). I'll probably try to shoot outside, although I may do a few indoor shots if I can find an area with enough natural light.
My problem is with background and props. I don't mind spending a small amount of money as I hope to do more child shots, but I don't have a lot right now. Also, can cocoons be used for children this old, or should I consider something similar?
Any ideas are appreciated and very welcome!!!
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
Hmmm... not sure if cocoon will work for a 4 mos. old. I know when I tried with my son, he was too wiggly. Do you have a boppy? You can cover the boppy with a blanket or some sort and prop them that way. You can shoot with them on their tummy, that always work. Good luck and can't wait to see your shoot.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
I'd search flickr for some good ideas. I can't come up with anything off the top of my head, other than using blankets and a boppy or small bean bag to have up more up right on (on his tummy, holding head up)
Use a boppy or a beanbag as already mentioned It's the best prop for this age. Just let him play with something that is their favorite. Maybe a small toy truck? Keep it simple...You don't need a lot of "things" for a great pic. Here is a link for my son's 4 month pics. Our favorite was Dad holding him standing!
(My lighting was TERRIBLE!!!! Please ignore that! hehe)
And the neighbor's foster son @ 4 months:
Raegan Nicole is here 11/14/07 - 12:12 pm - 6 lbs 11 oz
Jackson Cole is here 11/13/09 - 9:11 am - 7 pounds
I did a 3 month old a couple of weeks ago, so here are a few ideas I came up with.
1. I used a beanbag (you could use a boppy) and had him lay on his tummy, while he held his head up...i just used a fleece blanket thrown over the beanbag.
2. Got some great shots of him laying on his back on a fun colored blanket...I just shot straight down at him, and had his parents right over him too, so he was smiling back at them.
3. The BEST shots I got of him was of his parents interacting with him...I just had them all sit on the ground and got some of them holding him, snuggling him, etc. These were their favorites, and mine by far.
We did everything outside, so didn't need a background other than for the one shot of him in the beanbag.
Thanks for the ideas! I hadn't thought about the beanbag, but we just got a small beanbag chair for Tyler, which I could probably use. I'm going to check around for some interesting swatches to put the chair and lie him on. I hope to have some good shots to show you ladies.
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
I don't have much to add as you've already gotten a lot of great advise. I agree though that my favorite shots of that age are the ones interacting with parents and siblings.
I found it helpful to have the mother in some of the pictures at that age for different holding positions and bonding with the mom.
Thanks again, everyone! Looks like the shoot will be next weekend, which is good because I'll have more time to play with props.
I took a few casual shots of the little guy yesterday evening when daddy was out walking with him. I literally had less than five minutes to shoot but enjoyed interacting with him. He's a sweet baby!
Here's one shot I took with my 35mm. Daddy looks slightly more focused than baby, so I'll have to check the focusing matrix and play around to make sure I do better for the "real" shoot. Oh, I was shooting at approximately 1/500, f/4, 400 ISO.
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
cute baby! I do agree, Dad is very much in focus but baby is not. I bet you're going to have a blast with that cute kiddo!