I’d be lying if I said reading this book didn’t inspire me on creative ways to capture my own future children. BUT, there’s no news on that front as of now (but thanks to those who’ve been asking ;) haha). Really, picking this up was a quick read for me and a good time to do so as I’m hopeful that I’ll be photographing more babies in 2012 for past clients and dear friends. While I am not a studio specializing in newborn photography, I like the idea of offering intimiate, at home sessions for friends and past clients who are transitioning from their wedding with me to starting a family.
So, on that note, there was a lot for me to love about Me Ra Koh’s “Your Baby in Pictures”. I’ve been a fan of Me Ra’s for years now, as her blog was one of the first I discovered who actually taught me something about aperture and shutter speed and ISO. That easy-to-understand knowledge resurfaces 10-fold in this book, which, admittedly, a lot of it was old news to me (each “recipe” she posts for poses comes with an explainer on achieving the look with a point-and-shoot and a DSLR) but it’d be wonderful reading for new parents who are not professional photographers.
Where I felt like I benefited most in reading was learning more about moments parents may want to have captured by their photographer, from tiny hands and yawns, to the power of a simple image like dad touching nose to nose with his new baby. While I’m tempted to give my copy away to a mom who could use the tutorials, I’m holding on to it because of the posing inspiration alone!
Me Ra also shares a lot of little tips on getting your baby to best cooperate with you for a shoot, cranking the heat up so they’re not fussy, shooting early in the day as that’s when babies tend to be more active (I never knew that!), to considering shooting in a parking lot instead of a park (“I resist shooting at the paper because sunlight reflecting off green grass can give babies a weird tint”).
If you’ve photographed your fair share of babies, you likely already know most of this, but I still feel like I learned a lot and this book would make for a great Christmas or shower gift for an expecting parent or a mama or papa whose baby is under a year old. Too many moments they shouldn’t have to miss!