Ready to capture your baby’s adorableness? I thought so!
Tips and Tricks for Photographing Your Baby
1.Find The Best Light
Forget all the fancy flash settings on your camera. As long as there’s daylight, you can get beautiful baby photos with natural light, no matter if you’re using a disposable or a top-of-the-line gadget. Place a blanket in a patch of sun outside or in front of a window or glass door, then plunk your little one down and start snapping. ~WhatToExpect
2. Find The Right Angle
One of the biggest challenges in photographing babies that I know many of my friends struggle with is finding a good angle to shoot from.
In the days following birth it is especially difficult as babies tend to be kept swaddled in bunny rugs and all you end up seeing of them for 99% of the time is a little red head. Add to that the complication of the bumps, marks, scratches and misshaped heads that newborns also tend to arrive with and finding a flattering angle that will make more than just the proud parents ooh and aah can be difficult.
Don’t give up though, all is not lost – here are a number of things that you might want to try to help with the above problems:
- Get Down Low – one key to many natural baby shots is to get down on their level. I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last week or two lying on the floor next to Xavier. It’s something I think we both enjoy anyway, but it’s also a great place to use your camera. Getting down low and getting in close (see below) does present some challenges in terms of focal length (I’m using a 24-105 zoom – usually at the widest focal length) but it means you end up with shots that feel like you’ve entered the babies world rather than you’re looking down on it from above.
- Close Ups – another way to improve the angles and make your shots seem more intimate is to get in close by either physically moving in or by using a longer focal length. I’d suggest a longer focal length for the really close shots is better than getting too close as shoving a big lens in your baby’s face could freak them out a little.
- Nursed Shots – some of the bests shots I’ve taken over the last month have been taken when people have been nursing Xavier. This puts him into a more upright position which makes him look a little more ‘human-like’ and opens up the angles for your photos. Try a number of positions (over the shoulder, sitting him up, laying him back in arms, lying him on his tummy etc) as each one opens up different possibilities. Also remember that your baby is not the only potential subject – parents, grandparents, siblings, friends etc all can add context to the shot and you’ll appreciate having more than just baby by themselves shots later! ~DigitalPhotographySchool
Posed photos may have their time and place, but candid shots that capture your child unselfconsciously at play are often the ones you’ll treasure the most. I love taking pictures of my child looking directly into the camera, but I always look for opportunities to photograph him unaware. Either way, I almost never ask my subjects to say cheese.
Be patient and wait for genuine smiles. Try talking and engaging with your subject from behind the lens or sitting down with your camera during playtime. After a while, babies and children – and even adults — will forget the camera and return to whatever they’re doing. You will capture some precious moments that encapsulate the spirit of your child and your family. ~Techlicious
4.Set Up First
If you’re using props in the picture (presents under the Christmas tree if you’re taking a holiday photo, for instance), get everything ready and then bring your baby in. You want the photographs to take only a couple of minutes so your child won’t get fussy. ~Parents
If you are looking for prop ideas, check out The 11 Cutest Props For Baby Photography, Improve Photography
5.Be Sure Baby is In A Good Mood
Choosing the right time when your baby is happy and smiling is also important. For example, just after a feed is a good time for baby photography, as is nap time. Some of the cutest photo’s can be taken when your baby is sleeping. ~SLRPhotographyGuide
Put someone on “Giggle Duty.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to try black and white!