Tip #6: Hire a Pro

April 19, 2010

Here’s the sixth in our 10-part series of articles from Sabra Krock, on how to best capture images of your child.

There is no substitute for professional photos.  I know this sounds self-serving, but it’s true. Think about it: that’s why you hired a photographer for your wedding day. There’s a big difference between a casual snapshot and a carefully composed and executed image. Beautiful photos are worth their weight in gold: they become family treasures for generations.

Some of the best times to hire a child photographer are along these junctures:

Newborn

This phase passes so quickly, and is often preoccupied with many adjustments and distractions that make it nearly impossible to capture this time well on your own. The ideal time to have your newborn photographed is within this first two weeks of life, when they are at their sleepiest and most cooperative and can be curled into beautiful poses. Your child will never be so small and pliable again. It’s wonderful to have this time captured forever.

Six to Eight Months

The next great juncture for adorable professional photographs is when your child is sitting up. They no longer need to be propped up for the camera and are quite curious and alert.

One Year

This is the perfect time to capture new walkers. It can be a challenge, as toddlers are often looking down at their feet and scooting away from the camera. However, this phase of new discovery offers a great opportunity for serendipitous shots of your child in action.

Three to Four Years/With Sibling

This is one of my favorite ages. Your child is now full of personality and sometimes there’s a new baby in the family, too. It’s a great time to get both children photographed together.

‘Tween/Older Children

Full of personality and independence, kids of this age are a lot of fun to work with. The opportunities for creativity are almost endless.

Luckily for me, I was able to take many of the types of shots of my son that I like to take for newborn clients. Still, I don’t necessarily have all of the shots I would be able to get in a dedicated newborn sitting because even as a photographer, it is hard to dedicate the time, attention and patience required to work with a newborn.

This is Max in a pose typical of my newborn work, held by his dad at two weeks old.

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This is another of Max early on.  I usually photograph newborns unclothed but this is one of my favorite outfits from Estella!

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This is the sixth installment in a weekly series of posts by Manhattan photographer Sabra Krock on how to take better photographs of your child. Come back next Monday for Tip #7: Get in Close.
If you didn’t get a chance to read the previous posts by Sabra just click here:

Tip #1: Turn Your Flash Off and Use Natural Light

Tip #2: Get to Know Your Camera

Tip #3: Get Candid

Tip #4: Don’t Forget Yourself

Tip #5: Don’t Leave Home Without It






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