Lately, I have seen tons of beautiful pictures created with Milk Bath Photography. I definitely have been wanting to try it. So, I DID. I want to share with you all some of my tips and tricks. Of course, I can’t give up all my secrets!
As most people know, I somewhat specialize in children photography! Not by choice, I think kids just love me. When thinking about doing this Milk Bath shoot I was a little skeptical about doing it with a baby or young child. As with everything, I did my research. I found out the following things:
-Milk Baths are actually quite calming for children.
-It is quite easy to regulate the temperature.
-The smooth texture of the milk water reminds infants and babies a lot of how it feels in the womb.
-Milk baths can help with diaper rash, itchy or irritated skin, and baby acne.
TYPE OF MILK:
When doing Milk baths, for adults I would recommend using powdered milk because filling a tub for an adult could cost you a pretty penny in milk even if it is 2 parts water. The only downfall I have seen about powdered milk is it can often leave chunks in the water because…. how to do you stir milk in a large bathtub? For kids it’s much easier, one gallon of milk mixed with 2 parts water could submerge a baby in a second. I read that Whole Milk was the best milk to use. It has more Fat and Protein than any other milk as we know which often means it has a richer and thicker texture than the others. Now, I will tell you what worked for me. I decided to first pour my milk and then my water (different than most). Although, I had plenty of milk ready for the shoot I wanted to make sure I got the right creaminess of the total shot. Once I poured one full gallon of milk I then refilled the jug twice with warm water to regulate the temperature of the milk.
My Secret Weapon: I strongly recommend you have one bottle of Half and Half creamer on standby. If there is too much water the milk will begin to look…. horrible to say the least. A lot like skim milk. The creamer can be used to thicken the milk water back up.
INDOOR OR OUTDOOR:
Most of the videos I watched and things I read said to do the shoot outdoors (I live in Kansas so believe it or not in the middle of March it was like 30 degrees on the day of my shoot). We chose to do it inside. I would not recommend that unless you absolutely have to and unless of course if you are doing it in an actual bath tub. In any kiddie pool or big trough situation I would definitely recommend outside. The clean up of an outdoor shoot is, I’m sure, way easier. The only benefit of indoor was I was able to control the lighting and the temperature of the water a lot more.
That is all up for you to decide depending on the age and alertness of your baby. Thankfully Samaiya , my baby model (3 months), was perfectly fine with being submerged in the water. She showed NO signs of being scared, wanting to roll over (causing her to be face down in the water). I don’t even think she cried or wined once. I’ve seen some poses where babies sit up, or lay down in the palm of someone’s hands. It’s really whatever works for you!
I would have NEVER been able to accomplish this shoot without help from my wonderful friends. I would not recommend doing this shoot alone with just you and the baby. It was way too risky and just in the blink of the eye (or the click of the camera) the shoot could’ve went terribly wrong. We all know how expensive photography equipment is if something was to go wrong and everything come crashing down it could hurt baby, myself, and all my equipment. I had a total of 4 other people in there with me all trying to get her attention, keep her safe, and keep my flowers arranged in a cute way. All while I was continuously shooting pictures.
NOW FOR A FEW OF THE BEAUTIFUL SHOTS I CAPTURED…...
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