Infant Photography :: Candid Family Photos in Denver

Shooting candid family photos is one of my favorite forms of portrait photography; it allows me to capture families interacting in their natural state, without contrived poses or forced smiles. With newborns and infants this can be a little bit of a challenge, simply because they aren't always in the cheeriest of moods. To me, that is what makes baby photography fun and interesting - you really never know what kind of shot you're going to get, but at least the baby's emotions are real and raw. A little bit of advice to photographers wanting to shoot infants: always ask the parents about baby's nap time and sleep schedule when setting up a shoot. A cranky baby can cut your shoot short, make the situation difficult for mom and dad, or just be a general nuisance - making it difficult for you to get the photos you need. Just plan in advance and work with the parents to shoot during baby's normal awake times.

Also, when considering a shoot location it's good protocol and just general professional courtesy to give the parents every last detail of your plans. This is critical when planning an outdoor shoot, as a baby's skin can be very sensitive to sunlight. So if you are planning a 90-minute shoot in a sunny location - give the parents enough information to properly prepare. This may require them bringing a covered stroller, sun hats for baby, and extra drinks so everyone can stay hydrated. Or, they may suggest another shoot location entirely - depending on their personal preference. Be flexible, and always be willing to work with your client's needs! When working with infants and parents - being flexible is a necessary trait of any professional photographer.

I hope these little tips help you when planning your next baby portraits. Please enjoy these samples from my own recent family photoshoot...