by our guest blogger: Heather Roth
As a professional photographer I am fortunate enough to take photographs of really incredible people. They are families, couples, and individuals of all ages who all have amazing talents, unique interests and fascinating, one-of-a-kind stories. Understanding the individual is what inspires each shoot and ultimately makes the difference in turning a family photograph into a priceless piece of family history – a work of art.
To do this, I take great care in arranging every detail – like finding locations that offer interesting aesthetics and complement individual personalities, offering styling and wardrobe planning, and bringing personalized props to make sure that each shoot is perfect. Most importantly, I put the highest priority on working to make sure everyone feels comfortable enough in front of the camera to have fun, and just be themselves!
Here are my top 5 hints for creating unforgettable portrait photographs of babies and children:
1. What's the best time of day to capture good baby photos?
It’s best to leave this entirely up to Mom – or as is more likely the baby! The baby's best time is usually in the morning after their breakfast. I love working in natural beautiful light, so as long as I've got the best atmosphere, I can work anytime.
2. Where is the best place to photograph new babies?
I love going to a family's home. New moms are the most nervous, so I think capturing the baby in their own environment makes it easier on everyone. It also keeps things different for me, and if gives me entirely new inspiration each shoot. Each family's style is different and unique to them. I also love capturing the baby's room!
3. What are the best ages to photograph little ones?
I really like all ages – it is really important to document all the early years. Typically, families continue to work with me through the first few years starting with newborn, 3, 6, 9 months and so on. After the first year, it's typically each year after that.
4. What are the cutest props for a newborn shoot?
I love items that are really special to the parents. I do like to make suggestions and I love items with their name on it! I love sweet little hats and shirts that have a personalized touch. Framing the photograph or canvas looks great on display in their room. The trend towards personalization in photos is still going strong and Makaboo.com has personalized baby gifts that are so cute! Little Walt's photos from our shoot have definitely made it to my favorite list, the personalized footie, knit hat and blanket are adorable.
5. What should parents consider when trying to find a professional photographer?
A family should choose a photographer based on their creative portfolio and on personality. Things to keep in mind while evaluating include: Does the photographer's style match what they are looking for? Review their portfolio, then sit back and allow the photographer to work creatively and to be the creative director. I personally love getting to know a family and appreciate the opportunity to work with a family throughout the baby’s first year and beyond! I love a family who is creative, has great ideas, and just allows me to be me.
Working with Cindy Teasdale McGowan, founder of Makaboo Personalized Baby and Children’s Gifts, on a photo shoot with her Chief Baby Officer Walt, was such fun! These photos are made even more special with the personal touches that Makaboo personalized clothing and blankets provide. Enjoy!
Heather Roth of Heather Roth Fine Art Photography works by this simple philosophy – to capture moments and memories as works of art that are as unique and special as my clients. With a fine arts degree in photography+fashion and her work in NYC as a visual merchandiser for retailers like Bloomingdale’s, Heather is able to portray beautiful, everyday moments in an interesting and unforgettable way. Visit her website at: heatherrothphotography.com.