Take photos of your baby — or if you’re a professional photographer, of your client’s baby — in whatever state they’re in. Serious, curious, grumpy, sleepy, silly or sad.
For true lifestyle photography, shooting how people are naturally is what makes the photography truly editorial and photojournalistic. These are the kinds of images that will tell a story or show an emotion. Don’t just wait for a smile.
Of course, be respectful if they had just fallen and are wailing in pain, for instance. It may not be a good idea to be in their face with your camera. But if you can discreetly snap a shot with a zoom lens, then go for it! (Wait – did I say that out loud?!!)
From that shot, you can capture mommy soothing her baby or daddy kissing a boo-boo, which are moments to be treasured.
Too often I witness photographers waiting for the “perfect” timing to snap a shot: when baby is smiling, when the little boy is looking straight into the camera, when the girl stops playing to look up.
Capture the natural moments and you will capture personalities and stories behind the faces.