A portfolio, or even a few shots, is essential when approaching a baby modelling agency. Take some time to read about how to get your foot in the door and start a new life as the parent of a baby model.
For most of us, parenthood comes more naturally than photography. From the day your child is born, each moment is so precious and fleeting. You want to document every sweet age and stage, from the first time you lay eyes on her to the first day of school. But getting those great photos can be hard. Parenthood doesn’t leave much time to read over a digital-camera manual but you can still get snapping.
Choose the right camera setting for your baby modelling promo shots. Most cameras have either a sports or child mode; both of which allow you to capture clear shots of fast-moving subjects by increasing the shutter speed. It normally has an icon of a running man or a boy with a dog. If you have either, use this instead of auto mode.
Don’t stop clicking. With digital it costs no more to take more, so get in the habit of shooting like crazy. Working photographers take hundreds of pictures to end up with a few great ones. Asking your kid to shout cheese results in a, well, cheesy-looking grin. Try to use words that start with an M; they create a more pleasing expression, monkey for example. To get an infant smiling, tickle her lips with a tissue. And don’t forget about keeping it real. Crying, pouting, and sleeping babies are great for photographic purposes too. If you’re fortunate enough to have twins, avoid using facial-recognition features because they are easily confused by motion. Parents interested in baby modelling shouldn’t be too concerned about restless kids, any good photographer will have their own tricks to put them at ease.
Get into detail shots. Tone it down and at night make sure you use the red-eye setting. If that doesn’t work just tape a bit of tissue over the flash to diffuse the light and reduce glare. Babies are cute as a whole but don’t forget about all those wonderfully intricate little body parts. Your camera probably has a macro setting, normally with a flower as the icon, and you can use this to photograph hands, ears, elbows and such. This setting will help keep the photo from getting blurry but you do need a perfectly stationary subject, so it works best for a sleeping baby or a toddler in a state of deep concentration.