How To Take Photos of Your Baby

TIPS FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Before you begin, you may find these camera, iPad, iPhone tips useful.

KEEP BABY WARM
It's difficult for babies to regulate their body temperature so if you decide to take pictures of your baby with no clothes it is important to keep the room warm.  It's also a good idea to keep the blankets warm that you will be using to lay baby on – a hot water bottle comes in handy for this!

SOUND
There is no need to be totally quiet as baby is used to the sounds inside you!  Soft music in the background is a good idea then there is less chance of chatting and clicking of the camera disturbing baby. Being calm and relaxed is key to successful new baby pictures.

FEEDS
It's a good idea to feed baby just prior to taking photos as a full baby is a happy baby!  

TIME OF DAY
Morning always seems to be the best time for newborn photos.

AGE OF BABY
If it's very newborn pictures you want the best time is within the first fourteen days of your baby’s birth when baby is sleepy and won't be disturbed too much by picking up and putting down!
   
SAFETY
If you are going to try the kind of shoot where baby has no clothes and is placed strategically on chairs and cushions, please ensure there are two of you, one for the camera and one for the baby!!

LIGHTING
All you really need is some window light.  I never use flash on babies - available natural light is all you need.  If the sun is streaming through the window hang a piece of netting or muslin up to filter the sun.  This makes a beautiful soft box light.  

If baby has too much shadow one side, hold a white sheet/blanket up opposite the window to throw some light back on to the shadow side.    

GET IN CLOSE
Try and get as close as you can rather than zooming in so as not to lose quality of the image.

REMEMBER THE DETAILS
Take pictures of tiny hands and toes.  Place baby's feet/toes or hand/fingers in daddy or mummy's hand (or even Grandma's) for a sense of proportion.

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