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Babies can be difficult to photograph, so keep them as comfortable as possible, avoid using a bright flash, use soft, natural lighting, and include a comfort item to keep them at ease. Capture soft and sensitive images of babies with helpful tips from a professional freelance photographer in this free video on photography subjects.

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Hello! I'm Alex Compton with Luminescence Photography in Pahrump, Nevada. I'd like to share with you a few ideas for taking pictures of infants and babies. As you all know it's very difficult to work with children simply because many of them at that age they can't express their thoughts or their feelings and they're out of their comfort zone. And we want to make sure that they stay and remain as comfortable as possible. First of all, we don't want to be using a big bright flash and scaring them in their face. Typically, by nature children when you think of children you think of soft and fuzzy and something comfortable, so with your focus you want to try to maintain a soft focus and perhaps keep the child in a natural lighting situation as much as possible and a shaded situation as much as possible. But make sure the temperature is comfortable. The child gets upset, they're not going to be able to really express themselves, they're going to start crying and get upset. I had one time when this happened, we didn't know what was going on with the baby, she had wanted her blanket. So that brings us to another point in this discussion. Have something, a comfort item for them. Let them bring their own blanket or their own pet if it's something like that that makes them feel more comfortable. Just to keep them cozy and warm and keep them preoccupied. Another idea, too, is to have interaction with their parent or their grandparent whoever it is that's asking for the pictures. That inner relationship shows some warmth that goes down and those are usually the shots they cherish the most.

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