It's nice to have memorable holiday photos of your family, or even just the kids. If you have a baby...
It's nice to have memorable holiday photos of your family, or even just the kids. If you have a baby though, picture day can get tricky.
- Since most professional photographer can cost a lot and babies aren't the best during sittings, I'd see if you have a pal you can take some decent pictures. Seriously, casual shots of your family under a fall tree, playing in the snow, or hanging out by the Christmas tree can be just as nice as a professional picture, but costs less, and you won't have to pray that the baby sits and smiles for a specific shoot.
- If you do go with a professional get recommendations from friends and make sure the pro works with babies often.
- Schedule the shoot for when your baby is at his best. Nap time and mealtime are obviously off limit times.
- Plan on holding your baby. Even if your baby can sit up well, he's not going to sit still for a posed picture. That's mainly why I suggest a casual shoot (see above), but if you want poses, someone will need to cuddle the baby during.
- If shooting inside, skip cute winter clothing. It might make for a great picture, but your baby can overheated quickly which can make him cranky and even sick. Indoors is too warm usually for knit hats and winter coats. Something else to consider is how "holiday" you want the pictures. For example, if you hang the picture in your living room, do you really want to be looking at cheery red velvet in July?