June 2021 // The Children Edition

3. EVERYTHING NEEDS TO REVOLVE AROUND THE BABY

This may sound pretty obvious, but I’ve seen other shoots where the babies have all been asked to arrive at the same time and they end up being kept waiting far too long. It’s a recipe for chaos. Make sure everything is ready to go before babies come to the studio. Have your lighting set up and tested beforehand, and organize a special welcoming area for the parents and babies with changing tables, spare diapers, etc. Make them feel valued and special. Think of anything they may need and have it on hand. Don’t just assume parents will arrive with everything. They will truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. By the way, I never have hot drinks such as tea or coffee on offer for parents for obvious safety reasons. Don’t overcrowd or overstimulate babies, particularly those babies who are old enough to interact with other people. They can quickly become tired or anxious and you want the absolute best from them when they’re on set. I’m generally very quick when I’m shooting and when it’s over, it’s over. Don’t keep pushing and pushing if you already have the shot. Parents are often very surprised that the shoot was done so quickly, but that’s the best way to get the best from your young models.

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