Baby Photography

When our son was born, I knew I wanted to have some professional baby photography done so that we could use the pictures for his birth announcement. By chance, we happened to be at a party one evening at a friend’s home and on their refrigerator was an adorable picture of a newborn. I asked who the photographer was and found out she was local and specialized in infants. She liked to photograph them when they were between six and ten days old and would position them in all sorts of cute poses while they slept. I looked her up online and spent hours looking through her amazing portfolio of work. I knew we had to hire her to shoot my son when he was born so I called her and scheduled the session several months before his due date.

Patience is definitely needed when doing baby photography. Our son didn’t quite want to cooperate when the photographer was working, but she was very understanding and just worked around his needs. We were not able to get him to go to sleep, but at the very end of his session, he did nod off for a few minutes and she was able to snap some photos of him sleeping. She brought with her some great props that she used during the photo shoot such as knit hats and cute blankets which she wrapped him up with. We even were able to do some pictures of my husband and I with the baby and those are some of my favorite from that day. The entire process took about two hours and she assured us she got some great pictures. We were eager to see the results which ended up taking another week but in the end we were very pleased and ordered an entire album because we loved them all!

If you are considering hiring someone to do baby photography for you once your newborn arrives, I highly recommend it and suggest you find and book a photographer before your due date. You will always treasure those photos since your son or daughter will never be that small again!

4 Newborn Baby Photography Tips For Stunning Pictures of Newborn Babies

Newborn Baby Photography Tips #1 – Get Up Close

Use macro to photograph your baby’s wrinkly bits. Be reminded that your baby is the main subject, not the background. For your pictures to turn out looking more intimate, get into your baby’s personal space.

To get up close, your macro lens should allow you to focus on the attractive details of your child like a fuzzy shoulder. You will also be able to get up close and focus on your Cupid’s bow of the lips. A 50mm f2.8 macro lens can help you get close to your subject and capture details.

Newborn Baby Photography Tips #2 – Use Natural Light

Not only is natural light available for free, it is warm when you’re close to the window.

Photographing newborn babies with natural light is a great option to go for because the light is softer as they are normally more diffused as compared to one source of string light.

It is fact that babies do get startled with light from a strong flashlight. If the situation does not permit you to photograph babies with natural light, you can opt for a desk light with a layer of tracing paper or tissue paper wrapped around it so that light is diffused.

Newborn Baby Photography Tips #3 – Black and White Photography

When you photograph your baby in black and white, rather than color, the viewers will focus on the subject and texture. Your objective is for the viewers’ eyes to gaze onto your baby as the main subject of the photograph.

A majority of newborn babies tend to have blotchy skin tones from jaundice or eczema. Photographing babies in black and white becomes an advantage to rid off distracting patches.

Newborn Baby Photography Tips #4 – Buff

Newborn babies are very small in size. Because of this, whatever clothing you fit on them will be oversized. This overshadows the form.

You might want to consider removing the baby’s diapers. Reason being that this will help bring about continuity when you look at the photographs of your child in a photo album.

Despite that, you should also be prepared to be pooped or peed on by your baby. Patience is vital for photographers. You might have to wait for the child to give you the facial gesture or movement you want that will make the shot more valuable. A lot of photographers are used to these sorts of things.

Baby Photography – Making It Easier For You To Photograph Babies!

I enjoy photographing babies as I really do love children. Many might shiver at the words “photographing babies” as this is one of the most challenging photography genres.

Baby Photography Tips #1 – What’s Tough About Photographing Babies?

Babies are immobile and are hard to predict, especially the ones born within 2 weeks to 4 months.

It is always the case that one finds difficulty having babies to present a certain posture or pose according to the photographer’s wants.

Baby Photography Tips #2 – How To Tackle Babies That Are Immobile and Unpredictable?

Here is a suggestion; lay the baby on a bed or anywhere else that is soft. Next, lie on the bed right next to the baby with your camera also lying on the bed. Finally, capture the baby’s picture.

This will result in a really good picture of the baby you photograph. The baby’s lovely eyes will be a wonderful focus point. Try this one out!

Baby Photography Tips #3 – What To Do When Babies Are Able To Do More Tricks?

Once babies reach the age of 4 months to 5 months old, they will start to smile, lift their heads up, and respond to the noises you make. Make use of these advantages!

For example, you can make long, silly noises so that the baby will look up at you. At this very moment, shoot! If these little darlings are somehow unable to hold their heads up at this age, you can consider making use of support pillows.

Baby Photography Tips #4 – The Photo Shoot Area

While you photograph babies, make sure the area of your photo shoot is clear from toys and other grab able items. Babies are easily distracted by these things.

You can put this step aside if you wish to capture a photo of the baby playing with toys. Even so, remember to watch out for the baby’s safety. Be aware of the surrounding of the photo shoot area.

Do not conduct a photo shoot of babies for too long. Reason being babies tend to get frustrated. This will only make your photo sessions harder to conduct.

Baby Photography Tips #5 – How Do I Get The Baby To Look At The Camera?

Here are some ways to get to get these little darling’s attention; keep eye contact with them, play games, or make long yet funny noises. If any of these methods work, repeat them!

Baby Photography Tips #6 – When Babies Can Do More Tricks, Make Sure To Get Them On Camera!

I enjoy photographing babies at the age of 5 to 8 months the most! This is because babies at this age tend to be a lot easier to photograph.

They will be able to sit up by themselves, are not very easily distracted, smile a lot, etc. Get them to smile by playing games, singing songs, clapping hands, make funny noises, or whatever you can think of. Trust me, these are really fun to do!

When babies reach the age of 8 to 14 months old, they will be able to do even more tricks! They will begin to stand, crawl, and babble.

Baby Photography Tips #7 – Keep Them Engaged

Whatever the child says, repeat it! Babies get amused when you do this and they will therefore give you his/ her attention.

Tell me all about your baby photography attempt after trying these tips out! Have fun!