Well, I guess being around home in Melbourne has given me a bit more time to hang out with friends and family, and one thing that has definitely been happening to a lot of my friends is… babies. Just at that age I guess. So I’ve spent a bit more time taking shots of them.
As those who’ve followed my blog and photos over the years know, portraiture is a newer venture of mine- probably something I’ve only really started to branch into over the last few years. Baby portraiture, even more recently.
Babies are an interesting thing, photographically speaking. On the one hand, they don’t move too fast, so it’s fairly easy to frame them up. On the other, it can be hard getting them to look at the camera- and even harder to get them to smile when they do. I haven’t mastered that technique yet, that’s for sure. Patience when taking photos of babies is a must.
As always with portraits, the number one thing, above all else, is to get the eyes right. You want them to be clear, sharp, open and expressive. They also need to be lit properly. I always prefer natural light over flash photography, and candid portraiture over posed. But the best thing about photographing babies is, in my opinion, that they don’t have any of the reserves or veils that people get when you take a photo. Their eyes express pure emotion. That emotion may simply be ‘what the heck is this thing being stuck in my face?’, but it’s honest nonetheless- there’s none of the facade that big people tend to put in front of their faces.
I enjoyed taking this lot, and I hope to get many more opportunities.