How to Get Good Pictures of Your Baby at Home
Babies grow so fast. Capturing their special moments and growing phases that you will cherish for life is important. My first time around I spent a ton of money on department store photography packages that weren’t good. I’d rather save money on other things like diapers and clothes at this stage than photos. I’ve been capturing photos of Jasiel at every month anniversary. The photos are meaningful, easy, and completely DIY, and hold more value in my heart. I want to share some tips and advice on taking your baby photos at home.
FIND A GOOD LOCATION
Spend some time before taking pictures at different times a day noticing how the light changes throughout your home. Great natural light works wonders for pictures. After discovering the best location, choose the time and place that has the brightest, clearest light. You’ll probably have the best luck in the early morning or afternoon near a big window or door.
SET UP YOUR STUDIO
It’s time to tap into your creative genius. You have your location now you’ll need to create a space that is comfortable for baby while giving you a clean, seamless backdrop. You could use a beanbag, armchair, or even babies crib. You could also simply lay a piece of fabric on the floor or bed, attaching the excess to a chair or the headboard to create a solid background. Please be sure to iron the linen you use. Wrinkles on photos look really unprofessional. Textured fabrics like fur throws and fluffy duvets work really well.
COLLECT YOUR OUTFIT, PROPS, AND ACCESSORIES
This is the part I enjoy: As he gets older I love finding cute little outfits. Pick an outfit and accessories for your little one to wear that you’ll look back on and get all of the feels. Whatever you decide, be sure to have a few backup options in case an “accident” happens. Spit ups and blowouts occur during photoshoots and you’ll need to be prepared. You should also consider adding toys and other props in the photos to add detail and color.
KEEP BABY COMFORTABLE
I’ll be honest, babies aren’t the best photography subjects. Many babies won’t be very happy being placed in the middle of the floor alone while you point a camera at them repeatedly. It is always a good idea to capture newborns while napping so coordinate the photo shoot with baby’s nap time. Not only will you avoid dealing with a crying baby, but there’s nothing sweeter than a newborn’s face when they’re quietly dozing. If infants are well fed and dry, photos are pretty easy and seamless. Keep the temperature in the room is warm, and play soft music or a white noise app to block out any background noise
The key to taking good newborn photos is all about the detail. Close-ups and different angles make for a more interesting composition. Take your time, and try a lot of different perspectives — from overhead and sideways to zoomed in on one feature (tiny feet, hands, or face) with the rest slightly out of focus. Try full-body shots as well as a few only focused on her upper half, her little legs and feet, or just the face in profile. Check your shots throughout the process, see what’s working, and then try some more.
When you’ve finished with your photo shoot, you’ll not only have a lasting reminder of these precious moments, but you’ll have something special to share with family and friends through birth announcements, framed photos, or customized gifts.
HAVE YOU DONE PHOTO SHOOTS OF YOUR PRECIOUS LITTLE ONE AT HOME? ANY TIPS YOU CAN SHARE?