Of course you want to capture all the first moments in an and to make it easier. Here are a few tips for you to get the most out of it.
Doing a professional newborn photo shoot might not always be possible, but I would hate for you to miss out on the precious first moments. Here are a few tips to help even the biggest novice capture some amazing pictures.
Take Your Time
You just had a baby, and even though most photographers like to book the sessions within the first few days you can still achieve amazing “newborn” pictures when they are older.
Feed your baby
Before you attempt to start your baby’s photoshoot, make sure your baby is well fed. Your baby is most relaxed when he or she has a full tummy.
Find Natural Light
Make sure to turn off your flash and any lights in the room, then find a big window. You want to try and have the light flow from the top of her/his head down at an approximate 45 degree angle. Please avoid direct sunlight. If you find the shadows are too dark, you can try and diffuse the window with a sheer curtain or other sheer fabric. When taking your picture, face into the room, away from the window.
Getting all the details
Try and document those tiny fingers, nose, mouth and beautiful eyelashes. Have the baby hold your finger or lay his/her hand in yours.
Capturing your Newborn
Please leave the posing or placing babies into props to the pros as there is a lot of safety education that goes along with this. The safest way to photograph your baby is to place him or her on a bed or in your little one’s crib with light coloured linens. Avoid patterns as you want your newborn to stand out. Try and avoid shooting up your baby’s nose. Make sure you have a camera strap secured to you, the last thing we want to do is bump our little one.
A few more helpful tricks:
- Use a white noise app. This will help soothe your baby.
- If you are taking pictures of your naked baby, place a pee pad under your blanket as we all know accidents happen.
- You can try and use different coloured blankets as backdrop. I would recommend earthy, neutral tones.