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Photography Tips: Taking Newborn Baby Photos and Pictures
My job as a Newborn Baby Photographer
Not too many people can say that they love their job - but I do. Almost every day I get to take photos of new born babies...and get paid for it! As a newborn baby photographer, I am blessed everyday to capture these lasting "moments in time" - via my camera. I have some easy photography tips for you to take photos of your own newborn babies - tips that will help you get clearer, better and more "professional" shots of your little darling. These photography tips for newborns are really simple ones that you can do with your own family. They don't involve special camera settings, backgrounds or even studio space. All you need is your baby, a few special little items that belong to your newborn - along with a comfortable bed, mat or floor.
Tips for Taking Great Baby Photos
Newborns are actually pretty easy to photograph because they haven't reached that stage yet where they are required to sit still for a photo. It's basically up to you, dad or another family member to position the baby in a way that you get your best shot. To take a nice photo of your newborn in a cute pose:
1. Put a nice sheet or blanket on the floor or bed. Make sure if it's a bed that you stay close to your baby at all times (yes I have seen a new born baby roll while taking their photo - no kidding!)
2. Make sure that your new born babies mouth and clothes are clean. Even little specks or leftover milk on their mouth will show up on the photo. This simple photography tip can make the difference between just cute and stunning.
3. Make sure baby has been fed. Happy babies make happy pictures. Your baby doesn't even have to be awake during your photo "shoot" - some of the cutest pictures I have taken have been of sleeping babies.
4. Don't dress the baby in busy clothes. Simple is better. Focus in on the babies face while taking photos of them, and try to get as much background "busy-ness" out of the way. Clutter around the baby takes too much focus away from the photo.
5. Just simple accessories like a cute hat or a solid baby blanket can add just enough color to make the picture pop. Dressing baby in white can be precious and present a very "pure" baby photo. After all, they are so innocent at this stage. Play up that purity and innocence - it's a beautiful memory to have of your newborn. A special blanket or stuffed animal will leave a lasting memory for your child when they grow up and realize that their favorite blanket or toy is in the pose!
6. When posing the baby, go with what's natural. If the baby likes being on his/her side take some cute shots with the babies face facing you. And of course, if you are doing tummy shots keep an eye on baby while taking your photos.
7. Most people make the mistake of taking photos with too much space around the baby. This is not necessary. The "tighter" the photo, the better. Closeups are great and even if you don't get the whole baby in the picture that's OK! Small pieces can bleed off the edge and still look great. Don't worry about getting everything in the picture!
A Must Have - An Inexpensive Digital Camera to Keep by your Side
I hope you have enjoyed these photography tips for new born babies. Most people have digital cameras nowadays so there are lots of opportunities to get great photos of your baby. Storing photos has never been easier with sites like Photobucket, Flicker, Shutterfly and Picassa. Another thing I advise when using a digital camera is to make sure you upload your photos to one of these online storage sites. The reason is because if your computer ever crashes, you will have backup copies of your photos at another site. Making CD's of your baby photos is also a good idea. You would not want to lose your babies photo memories because of a hard drive crash, fire or theft. Most of these online photo storage sites also have editing options. You can add nice soft focus touches to your newborn baby photo, or even get more artsy and add text, seasonal borders and/or crop and re-size your babies photos.
I carry my digital camera with me at all times because I never know when I will catch my grand-kids doing something cute, so I highly recommend carrying a small decent digital camera wherever you go. It's not necessary to buy an expensive camera to take good pictures, and the smaller digital point and shoot cameras are more accessible, easy to pull out and use when that "great baby shot" appears.
I have made some recommendations here on some inexpensive cameras that would be great for taking newborn baby photos.. and I will be putting some more photography tips together in the future for those that love the art of photography,.
And remember, you don't have to be a professional photographer to take great newborn baby photos! You just have to make sure you have that camera ready, a well-fed baby and voila...part of your battle has already been won!!