Over the past 2 years where I’ve really taken to photography not just as a serious hobby but as a means of extra income, trying a hand at almost every genre I can think of that involves people (portraits, fashion, weddings, travel, events, etc) one remains the most difficult to master – children/baby photography. Unlike most other subjects, babies are extremely hard to photograph due to their unpredictable nature and total disregard for any form of authority even when the poor “guy-in-charge” is prancing around flapping his arms and lips around like a bird with its tail on fire trying to coax a smile for that one perfect photo. If any of my portrait or wedding clients had seen me in action during a shoot yesterday of two lovely twin baby girls, I’m sure they would’ve put me in a straitjacket in no time.
But you know, as bad as it sounds, it’s all worth it in the end!
Taking interesting baby photos does involve taking risks. Calculated risks of course. As parent’s, the last thing we want is our little one putting something dirty into her mouth or falling down. But sometimes, with a bit of faith, and lots of luck, things do come together.
On the other hand, shooting, I mean photographing children, is as challenging but for different reasons. By a certain age, a child either decides that he/she likes or hates having a camera pointed at his/her face. Some kids even develop a kind of sixth sense and know right away when there’s a camera aimed at them. And there are some kids who just love the camera so much that they can’t stop wanting to do cute things for you. Just like these two below.
At the end of the day though, it’s all about genuinely loving kids (yes, they can tell if you’re faking it!). And lots of practice practice practice. 🙂
Irving is currently available for family, children and baby portraits. My standard package:
- Studio Session: $150 per hour
- Location Session: $200 per hour
- No limit on change of clothes or number of family members in the photo
- 5 high resolution artistically processed images per hour of photography
- All non-artistically processed images returned via DVD/digital download
- Canvas prints available on request.