Baby Modelling: How to Set Up a Great Shot

Girl ModelAll parents think that their baby is the most beautiful, so why not try some of these tricks while making your baby modelling sample shots. Baby modelling might just be the start of your baby’s road to stardom.

When taking shots, make sure you capture your budding baby model’s personality. The best pictures will show who your baby is, not just what they look like. Get their favourite toys out and quietly take pictures as they play in their cot or on their play mat. Being the fly on the wall can be the key to getting a natural looking baby modelling shot. Keeping perspective is important, work the angles. If you’re shooting downwards, your baby will look like they have a massive head and small feet. Professional photographers will crouch down or lie on the floor and look up the way for the best baby modelling results. Most people end up a bit too far away from their subject. Make sure you’re close enough by setting up your shot and then taking two steps forward.

Broaden your horizons and get in the habit of looking all around the frame before you click the shutter to make sure nothing will look out of place. You don’t want the pizza box from last night poking into the corner of the photo.

Is your baby a little bit on the wriggly side? Put them in a big wicker basket to stop them from wandering and get some cute shots of them peering out, make sure it doesn’t fall over though. Not only will this keep them in place, they’ll likely find it fun, at least for long enough to get some great photographs that you can use for your baby modelling agency submissions. Try focussing and then panning. Moving the camera side to side whilst focussing on the subject will give a crisp image of the child amidst a blurred background. Aim for the times of the day that have the best natural light. Take your baby modelling photos in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun is low enough. If you’re outside at other times, turn on the flash to help soften features and eradicate any tough shadows that can ruin your shot. If you choose to take some snaps at night, make sure you use the red-eye setting. You can soften a bright flash with some tissue paper.

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