Baby Photography Contest – 3 Perfect Poses For Particularly Cute Pictures

So you’re thinking about entering your bundle of joy into a free baby photography contest? I can’t say I blame you. It’s fun, a great way to show off your cutie pie, and as an added benefit you can win some serious cash too.

Here are my three favorite poses (and they are easy too) to get super cute baby pictures every time.

Pose #1

The first pose is the baby eating pose. This pose works well no matter what the baby is eating. Bottle poses come across as being sweet, while food all over the face poses come across as being a little more silly and cute. Either way it can work. The key to getting these poses is simple. Just have your camera ready at dinner time and voila you have cute pictures.

Pose #2

Baby with fingers in mouth. This is a great pose, and really easy to get, because your baby will do this naturally all by himself. It will also score big points in a baby photography contest for sheer cuteness.

One thing to remember when getting this type of picture is to make sure that baby’s hands are not covering her face. Another thing that will help to greatly increase the cuteness factor of this picture is to catch him smiling around his fingers. Adorable.

Pose #3

The big personality pose. All babies have cute things that they do. When you capture this with your camera, it’s called the big personality pose. The key here is to showcase your baby doing what he does best, playing in bubbles, laughing her head off, playing patty cake, or even pulling the cat’s tail.

There are two things to remember when it comes to this type of pose. First, silly pictures are often contest winning pictures and happy babies will win a baby photo competition hands down over other types of pictures.

5 Easy To Follow Baby Photography Tips for Better Photos

Baby Photography Tips #1 – Make It Convenient To Capture Precious Moments

When it comes to baby photography, bear in mind that it best to keep your hand. Doing this creates an advantage for you to easily photograph precious moments of your baby.

This is because there will be times when your baby’s position or posture, or probably something that he or she is doing could be one that is extraordinarily memorable and you want it captured and stored in the form of digital images.

When you’re in the mood, you’ll find yourself anticipating precious moments or lovely postures of your baby to take great photographs of.

Remember, make it convenient for yourself to photograph precious photos of your baby when the unpredictable yet precious moment comes!

Baby Photography Tips #2 – Are Your Images Personal Enough?

A great tip you can implement is to make use of items that are memorable and precious to you by using them as background subjects. Use the things that bring meaning to you and plentiful precious memories as inspirations.

Baby Photography Tips #3 – Keep The Background Simple

Another important photography tip that works extremely well is to use simple backgrounds for portrait shots. The simpler it is, the better your shots.

Maintaining simple backgrounds allow your photography subject to be kept in focus, away from distractions in the background.

Baby Photography Tips #4 – Using Natural Light Is Best

Making use of natural light for baby photo shoots are definitely more flattering as compared to using a camera’s flash.

If you are conducting your baby photography attempt indoors, make sure to use soft directional light.

However, if you are photographing outdoor, it is best that you conduct your photo shoot during the early morning or early in the evening. Refrain photographing while the sun is high up and when light is harsh. This creates shadows, and also isn’t flattering.

Baby Photography Tips #5 – You Have Got To Be In The Pictures Too!

Like it or not, it is true that when your child grows up, he or she will be very interested as to how you and the rest of your family members look like way back then. Therefore, take as many pictures of your baby and family members as you possibly can. Your child will thank you

Baby Photography – Lighting Tips

In baby photography one of the biggest challenges is lighting.

Lighting babies and children is something that comes with experience. As with lighting any other subject, the most important thing is that you become familiar with a few basic setups, and then adjust the setup to suit the particular situation and subject.

When it comes to diffusing the light you have a choice of brollies or softboxes. My preference, in the studio is the softbox. When I traveled out customers home I used translucent shoot-through brollies. One of the main advantages with the softbox is that it directs all of the light forward. With the shoot-through brolly some of the light escapes from the edges and bounces back towards the camera. With this you need to be careful of flare so always shoot some test shots first and remember to use a lens hood.

Translucent brollies also give a nice effect if you shoot the flashgun back into them and reflect it back out toward the subject. To keep the lighting soft you do need to get in very close if you use this method. The reason for this is that you increase the distance of the light from flash to subject, and as you know a distant light causes a harsher shadow.

Reflective brollies are less useful than the translucent shoot-through style; they are too harsh for most types of portrait work. That said if you are looking for a harder light they are fine, but I can’t imagine a parent being happy with a harshly lit shot of their baby! Reflective brollies are however good for lighting backgrounds.

The main reason for keeping lighting simple for baby photography is their volatility! For example you could be ready to take the shot and the baby crawls out of ‘position’…if your lights are ‘clinically positioned’ and very directional the baby will quickly move out of the shooting zone.

If you keep your lighting basic, for example two large soft boxes, then it gives you more latitude for movement.

A relatively flat, even light generally gives the most pleasing results for baby photography. As a starting point I like to place a main light, either reflected from an umbrella or diffused through a softbox, between 35 and 45 degrees to one side of the subject, then use a similarly diffused fill light at 1/3 to ½ less exposure beside the camera as a fill light. I then adjust the lights to suit the subject’s features in a flattering way.

An extremely fine-featured child often benefits by making the light “harder”.

To achieve this, move the main light closer to the 45 degree position. Conversely, a child with large, sharp features or skin blemishes, such as a rash, will benefit if you move the light closer to the 35 degree position (i.e back round nearer the camera) and lessen the power difference between the main and fill lights for a softer look.

When using a harder, more dramatic light on children, it is important not to over-do it. When seeking a more formal, dramatic effect, I usually shift the main light to between 45 and 55 degrees. The fill light should remain near the camera. You may want to lower the power of the fill light to deepen the shadow areas, but with baby photography I generally find that it’s best to keep the ratio within one stop.