Tony Rabin is a Midlands-based photographer specialising in baby and wedding photography. We caught up with him to find out more about his work and to get some top tips for taking better baby photos of your little ones.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
I trained in Art & Design at College and always have had an interest in photography and photo editing, Having been a police officer and police trainer for many years I decided that I needed a career change and photography seemed the obvious choice when leaving the police service.
What appealed to you about baby photography in particular?
The leaving of the police and the setting up of my own studio coincided with the arrival of my daughter Eve, this seemed the ideal opportunity to brush up on my baby photography skills and branch out into a new area of photography, having previously concentrated on weddings and fashion work along with teaching photography workshops.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received that has really helped you in your work?
That’s a hard question…I would say develop a style and continue with what you feel is right. I know this is a bit cliche, but I think advice in the photography world is very wide ranging and difficult to take on as it’s an art and it’s not always for everyone.
What are your top tips for taking better pictures of babies?
Patience, patience and more patience. Shoot with shallow depth of field to enable the focus on areas you are trying to portray. Practice lighting set-ups before you start working with the clients and babies. Put the parents at ease and don’t rush the shoot.
What’s the biggest challenge when photographing little ones?
The biggest challenge I find is keeping their attention and keeping the parents calm , as you can imagine you are photographing their ‘world’ and they are hoping for beautiful images of the newborn baby.
I don’t have a fancy camera, I just use my iPhone to take pictures. Do you have any tips for getting the best out of its camera?
That’s fine. Use the iPhone to practice your set-ups and think about composure in an image. Don’t shoot with the TV in the background and take the time to understand lighting.
You’re also a wedding photographer. How do you put a couple at ease so they relax in front of the camera?
Be yourself. I focus on the relationship between myself and all of my wedding couples stressing from an early part of the booking process that we must all be comfortable with each other and this always translates into a much more relaxed wedding photography experience for all involved. Many of my wedding clients continue to be friends long afterwards and I find myself photographing new additions to the family.
Which kit do you use? Is there any new piece of equipment on your wishlist?
I use a Nikon D810 & D700 with 24-70, 85m and 70-200mm lenses. I am a bit of a tech geek so am always looking at new gadgets that I can add to my photography bag (if I ever use them is another question!).