In the first year of their baby’s life, parents feel the need to document everything. And let’s be honest, it isn’t exactly easy to take a decent photo of your little one. Whether you are using an old point-and-shoot camera, or your smartphone; finding that perfect moment and snapping a picture is easier said than done. However, keeping these tips in mind will help make taking photos of your baby a little less stressful! Not everyone has a natural knack for photography, but with practice and patience, anyone can master the art of snapping shots. It’s not only about having the right camera or lighting setup; it’s about getting comfortable with your equipment and knowing what poses and angles look best. Here are five tips to get you started on snapping awesome photos of your baby:
Be prepared and know your equipment
1. Get comfortable with your camera and other equipment. A good way to start is by reading your camera’s manual or watching tutorials on YouTube. Learning how to use your camera will not only give you more confidence when taking pictures but also help you take better pictures.
2. Have a plan for the baby photography session before starting. Knowing what you want to capture in the photos is crucial for any photographer, and even more so for first-time parents who are learning the ropes of photography themselves. Make sure you know what poses and angles will look best before taking a picture, or at least have an idea of where your baby is most photogenic so that you can take advantage of their natural grins and coos!
3. Prepare an area where you can take photos with fewer background distractions than your living room or kitchen countertop. A well-lit area like a white sheet hung over a doorway or an empty wall might be just the trick to eliminate all those little distractions that ruin an otherwise perfect photo opportunity!
4. Capture happy moments as they happen – don’t wait too long! It may not be easy to get your baby to smile, but it pays off in spades when they do! Try using some funny faces or tickles (they love being tickled!) to get them into that happy mood for a moment without having to rely on their own grinning abilities!
Natural light is your best friend
In the first year of a baby’s life, they change so much that it is important to document every little detail. The easiest way to do this is by using natural lighting in your home or outdoors. The best place to take pictures in your home is near a window with light coming through. Try playing with different angles and poses for the best shot. When photographing your baby outdoors, find a shaded area with a lot of light from the sun and snap away!
Don’t be afraid to try new things
Don’t be afraid to try new things! If you have a new camera and are unsure of the different functions, play around with it. Try different poses, different angles, and all sorts of crazy ideas, because you never know what might work out.
Don’t forget the details
Have you ever been faced with the question, “What should I wear?” This can be a tricky question to answer when it comes to taking photos of your baby. You want to look casual and comfortable, but not too sloppy or too preppy. You also want your outfit to match the location you are in and the mood you are trying to capture. There is no one right answer, however, if you are looking for an easy way out; try wearing neutral colours! It will never go out of style and is universally flattering. This can be a good idea if you don’t have time to think about what to wear or if your child is napping and won’t cooperate with certain clothes.
Stay safe and have fun!
First, make sure that your space is safe for you and the baby. Staying organised and having a clear area to shoot in will help you keep yourself and the baby safe from any accidents. Always keep very young children close to you or on a surface that isn’t too high as they are still learning how to walk. Second, get creative! The best photos will be the ones that show your family’s personality and interests. Showcase your child’s favourite animal, toy or outfit in their favourite activities. Include personal items around the house to represent your family’s life together. Third, remember to take lots of pictures! You might not have time to retake a photo if they aren’t turning out right so it’s important to take many shots in order to capture that perfect moment!