Bringing home a new baby is such a special and exciting time. Those first few days can feel like a blur, but you’ll no doubt be taking tons of pictures. I know I will once baby #3 arrives later this month! I want to make sure I capture every tiny detail because I know how fast they grow. I’d love to share a few tips with you about how I plan to photograph my own little one and hopefully you can use these tips to improve your own photos.
Find the Light
In photography, light always comes first! Before you set your baby up for a photo, take a walk around your home and pay attention to which rooms get the best light. Pull back the curtains and open up the blinds to let in as much light as possible. Also, it’s important to turn off all overhead lights so you’re not getting any color casts from those yucky indoor lightbulbs. In the shot below you can see the window to the right and there was also a window behind me to help brighten this adorable duo.
Once you’ve found some good window light, position your baby as close to it as possible. You may need to move the bassinet or push the crib or a bed up closer to take advantage of the light. Just make sure baby is safely swaddled or sleeping so you can move around while taking pictures. One of the best places to photograph your newborn is in their crib. There are a ton of shots you can get without even having to move the baby. Get creative with your angles and perspective! Grab a step stool and shoot from high above using the rails as leading lines.
Shoot straight on through the crib rails. Then, get in closer so you can see baby’s face.
Walk around to either side of the crib and capture baby’s toes or the top of their heads.
These rules don’t just apply to crib shots either. If your baby is sweetly snoozing in some pretty light, take advantage of the quiet time and experiment angles to capture as much as you can. Go wide shot to show what room you’re in.
Move in closer to focus on baby’s features. Get even closer to capture details like flaky skin, tiny toes, and pouty lips. All those things you want to remember that you can’t necessarily get while baby is awake.
Shoot from the side, above the baby, get on baby’s level, etc. Don’t stop moving until you’ve captured every angle.
If you want to add some personal touches to your photos, try including a few props. They don’t have to be anything fancy. Just a few special items from around your home. Some ideas to include – colorful swaddle blankets, rugs, blankets, or bedding with texture. You can also include a few of their favorite things. Ok so maybe your newborn doesn’t have a favorite thing yet, but maybe a special stuffed animal that is meaningful, his/her pacifier, or booties that a grandparent knit. Don’t leave out those details!
I hope these tips help and that the photos serve as inspiration for the next time you pick up your camera. I’ll be posting a lot more examples once baby girl arrives so keep an eye out for most tips on photographing your newborn at home.