My last job felt like a mix of several roles: family photographer, product photographer and video producer. I was commissioned by Babies World to photograph all of their products. They also asked me to create a product video about their unique baby bibs.
The product photography bit was very straight forward and pretty fast to be honest. I had a simple set consisting of a bright white table with several large softbox flashes hanging above it. The camera was mounted to a tripod pointing directly down at the table. Now it was simply a question of placing each product neatly on the table and taking pictures of each of them.
But the challanging bit of this job was yet to come. The business owner wanted me to take photos of babies wearing these special bibs. She invited five mothers and her babies to model during the session. The biggest difficulty was the extremely short time window I had with the babies. Either they were tired, hungry, in need of a nappy change or were simply not in the mood to pose in front of the camera. I have a lot of experience working with children and babies but I must admit that this gig was difficult. I had to play a lot of peek-a-boo behind my camera and do all sorts of clownery to get their attention. Despite all of these difficulties I am very happy with the results.
The video production was evenly challanging. The business owner of Babies World and I agreed to film interview-style endorsements of mothers using these products. Again, the time window for each take was extremely short. Most of the takes could not be used due to the babies interupting their mums. The entire session including video production took four hours. Most of the babies had several rounds of naps, feeds and nappies during this time 🙂