Often when I am on newborn shoots, a mum will ask me how to take photos of her baby after I have gone! So I thought I would share a few tips for newborn baby photography at home.
KNOW YOUR CAMERA – before you begin, get to know your camera and what all the buttons mean.
DECLUTTER - remove anything that is in the background that you don’t want in your pictures.
UP CLOSE - get closer to your baby – don’t always try and get all of baby in the picture. Most compact cameras have a macro button (usually a little flower on the dial) try to get close enough to get details of hands, feet, fingers, toes and cute lips.
CAMERA SHAKE - brace yourself against a wall or lean on the back of a chair to steady you if you feel you are unable to hold the camera still.
EXPRESSIONS – take them all, the yawns, screwed up eyes and windy smiles!
LIGHT - ‘photography is the art of writing with light’ Gerardo Suter Find the room with the most window light.
SHOOT – take shots from different angles, up high, down low and include special toys and blankets for special pictures for those people who bought presents.
PRINTS - Remember to get the best images printed! Don’t use your computer as an image graveyard! Grandmas and Grandads, Aunts and Uncles still love to have a picture of baby on show not just in an online gallery!
ENJOY! Enjoy your baby and take plenty of pictures at each stage of your new baby’s life.
PROFESSIONAL - If you would like a professional lesson - give me a call and I will come along and shoot and show you the best way of capturing your newborn baby. It doesn't always have to be technical!