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I picked up this book for two reasons:

  • to inspire me to capture Laura and her first year in most creative way possible,
  • to educate me which moments parents want to have captured by their newborn photographer since I’ve been photographing more babies lately (both from past clients and dear friends) and I’m not specialized in this particular photography niche.

Regarding technical aspect of the book it was quick read for me but it was interesting to study her “recipe” below every photo (she explains how to achieve both the pose and the camera settings itself). Most interesting/useful part was learning about special moments and details you don’t wanna miss (like the disappearing bald spot Laura has right now) divided into age-groups (zero to three months, three to six months, six to nine months, and nine to twelve months). She also gives many useful tips for gaining a child’s cooperation (like turning up the heat up so the baby won’t be fussy during the shoot). Some helpful tips from the book:

  • Set your camera to “Center Focus” and then, if needed, reframe the shot to catch the moment; that way you won’t waste valuable time by changing autofocus point  all the time.
  • Shoot in Continuous mode; it will allow you to capture multiple images of those hilarious children facial expressions or action moments in just a few seconds.
  • Choose parking lot instead of the park as photo session location; sunlight reflecting off green grass can give babies a weird tint while sunlight bouncing off the concrete flatters the skin.

Who would I recommend this book too? Not so much to photographers who are already experts in children photography as to future parents or photographs like myself who are trying to learn more about that photography branch.

Also, I can’t decide which book to read next: “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon or “Love Is the Killer App” by Tim Sanders. What do you think?

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