WHAT NOT TO EXPECT WHILE THINKING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR NEWBORN – BLOG BY MEGHNA RATHORE
FEW TIPS ABOUT EXPECTATION MANAGEMENT DURING NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT
I am a professional newborn photographer and serve clients across Delhi NCR region – Gurgaon, Delhi and Noida area. During newborn photoshoot, I get to hear all kind of requests from parents. Parents are very excited to have their new bundle of joy (mainly the 1st time parents) and they want to capture and relish those memories for forever.
But as all the experience parents know (I am one of them as I myself is a mother of 2 lovely kids), parenting is an art which takes years to understand and its ongoing learning experience. So while the 1st time parents are super excited with their new love, but they lack in knowing what to do and what to expect. And the same phenomena apply, when they request for their newborn photography session.
We all are raised with the concept that more is always merrier and we always want to get more out of any effort. But the same doesn’t apply on a newborn photography shoot. I always get to asked that how many images will you provide? Can you please provide all the pictures clicked? And I can totally understand the reason behind their request. Parents don’t want to miss anything. But as I said, 1st time parents are still in parenting learning phase and I always explain them that it is not about the number of pictures you will get. It is about the memories you will capture.
While discussing with parents about newborn photoshoot, the first and foremost discussion I have with parents is to explain them in details about what to expect and what not to expect out of the shoot. Firstly, I try to make them realize that we are shooting a newborn baby, so the most important thing of the shoot should be safety and comfort of the baby.
It is also important to understand that the newborn shoot is about capturing the memories rather than collecting number of pictures. So parents should think more about what kind of memories they want to capture than number of images they want to get, as it is the memory which will last forever.
Another aspect to consider is that there is no certainty that a newborn shoot will go as planned. Please keep in mind that we are shooting a newborn and you can’t predict their behavior. We can’t expect them to be calm and posing for the shoot. As a professional photographer, I use many soothing techniques but still you cant predict the baby. So parents should focus on comfort and calmness of the baby rather than thinking about getting all the poses done.
So my advice for all the parents looking for a newborn shoot is to think about memories you want to relish for life and let the shoot be a joyful and enjoying experience rather than a sell and buy experience