Last week I had the opportunity to have not one but TWO newborns in my studio. I have to admit that I envisioned our session completely different than the way it actually went. I planned to do an Easter theme wrap them and put them in little basket together. I went so far as to pick out the perfect green grass to stuff my basket, a perfect little bunny to pose with them but it DID not turn out the way I planned. Here is what I learned having these little guys together.
- When you are scheduling TWINS you better give yourself an adequate amount of time to shoot because about the time you get one exactly where you want him and into a pose the other one wakes up. I only gave myself about two hours which was NOT enough time to wrap them or change outfits or poses.
2. Don’t forget to shoot them separate before you put them together because they actually like being together based off of what I witnessed. They were both the most calm when we put them together.
3. Make sure you have an EXTRA set of hands or TWO because it helps to soothe them quickly so that they do not wake each other up.
4. Let them settle in together before you try to pose them. I found that I liked the ones of them loving each other more than the ones that I posed.
5. Most sessions with a single baby you have to keep the studio at about 80 degrees or use space heaters to warm the room. When twins are together turn the heat down a bit because they actually warm each other more than what you would expect.
6. Make sure you have GLOVES. My hands were too cold to handle them effectively.
7. Make sure you have extra hand towels close. They can be rolled to help pose or you can just use them to clean up.
8. Study their faces so when you are editing you can edit individual shots of BOTH of them. I am fairly certain that by the first 30 minutes I could tell them apart. One of the boys was much larger in person but that will not help you when you are editing.
9. Be patient when you are trying to get them into a pose separately. They may not WANT to pose for you. Just roll with it and remember that they are little people and they have feelings. They want to be comfortable. So, if they don’t want to do something don’t make them.
10. Expect to get a FEW of these. This is reality and it is okay. Be patient with yourself and be patient with these precious little beings. They just want to feel safe. Make sure you do not forget that it’s your job to make them feel safe and comfortable.
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