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Mr. Smyres now does aerial photography as a specialty.

It's all in the eyes.

" A simple child, that lightly draws its breath,
and feels its life in every limb, what should it know of death."

                                                                      
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It takes a special kind of person to photograph babies.

                 I've photographed around 500 infants and children under 2.    I rarely photograph infants anymore, except by special request.     If you want a baby photo sitting, I'll do it within 50 miles of Millerton, NY or in our country studio in Millerton.    call ahead for an appointment    A train from NYC ( Metro North, Wassaic station ) is nearby.
 Our property is an old farmhouse surrounded by fruit trees and flowers,  a small pond and stream.  It's home to many birds. 
 
         A child's expression is the most important part of a photograph, so the photographer's rapport with the child is crucial.  

        Infants present a real challenge to the photographer for a host of reasons.   You must work fast, for one thing, as a baby will tell you in a hurry  when it has had enough of you.   Stay in control of the situation or forget it.  The photographer must be a director.  Get some basic shots before you try to experiment with poses. 
Work in small bursts, if necessary, giving the baby a comfort break between shots. 

         A baby under 3 or 4 months  doesn't care much about toys;  it's people they like.   Sounds can be very appealing, especially familiar voices.   Good luck trying to change outfits.   Use simple colors and patterns, with an uncluttered background.   Make use of interesting textures, and add a small object for color and personality.

         To make the shoot easier for the young folks, standardize the setup.  You will have enough to deal with besides setting shutter speeds and apertures.  You need to focus mentally on the baby and its mood.   photo tip

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The style of photography shown below is very simple,
but I can also shoot with a variety of backgrounds and props in color or monochrome. 
I can also produce and antique look, in sepia, or a monochromatic brown.
Usually, however, simpler is better with very young babies. 
After a baby is six months old or so you can do more tricks with them
because they can hold their heads up, and their back muscles are stronger.

 
The ideal time is between 2 to 3 or for months old This baby is having fun doing the shoot

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Not all babys smile.  They ruminate and look around It is not east to get a baby to do this. A simple set-up makes a gift to last a lifetime.

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