Siblings may only be a couple of years older than the baby, so they might not be able to hold an infant. If so, you can have the older kids lie down and face the baby to make eye contact with them. Encourage the older kids to say something to their new family member.
In all instances, keep angle and lighting in mind. “I love stairs if I can shoot from above,” says Williams. “That’s one of my go-to places.” Photos from above let you get good shots of adults cradling and holding the new baby.
Be sure to also get footage of the entire family together, and don’t shy away from giving them direction. A videographer needs to tell their subjects what to do, where to stand, and how to present themselves to the camera. “Don’t be afraid to tell families to move closer or put their hands around each other,” says Williams.
Baby video post-production.
Baby video makers will often find themselves shooting baby videos in a home, and sometimes there’s not space to set up a tripod. Shake and motion from using a handheld camera is a fact of life. Fortunately, there’s a way to take care of that.
“I apply the warp stabilizer effect to all of my clips to eliminate shake,” says Williams. Ambient audio from the shoot might not make for the best soundtrack. “As far as audio goes, I typically just use music,” says Williams. You can invest in microphones later to capture better audio on the day of the shoot.
Clients may want to share their baby’s first-year video on social media, so optimize a few clips for platforms like Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram, and note where you’ve done so in your deliverables. A good videographer makes the client experience easier, and that includes their online experience of showing the world how cute their new baby is.
Baby videos can be a great way to stay connected with clients. The same couples who hired you to document milestones like their engagement parties, weddings, or family photos will likely also hire you to take video of their baby’s first year. And if you get good at recording babies, you’ll be well equipped to record your baby’s first year if you ever have a little one of your own. “Just jump in and do it,” says Williams. “Make it fun.”