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Photography Tips: Taking Newborn Baby Photos and Pictures

Updated on April 15, 2013

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.

New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source

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!

New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source

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!!

New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source
 Baby Photos: Photography Tips
Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips
New Born Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source
Baby Photos: Photography Tips
Baby Photos: Photography Tips | Source

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  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks seanor - yes it is very enjoyable!

  • seanorjohn profile image

    seanorjohn 

    5 years ago

    This is such a great area of photography to get involved in.Voted up.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks photo for coming by:)

  • photostudiosupply profile image

    photostudiosupply 

    6 years ago from Rochester, New York

    Very beautiful pictures along with an informative hub. Now, I'll remember these tips while baby photography. Good job Dorsi...

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thank you Carolinemoon!

    @Zooey) Thanks for sharing those baby pics! Adorable and thanks for stopping by!

  • carolinemoon profile image

    carolinemoon 

    7 years ago

    Wow, great pic, Thanks for the tips.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    YW Don!

  • DON BALDERAS profile image

    DON BALDERAS 

    7 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful tips. I love them.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @49lart) Thanks for the tip!

  • 49lart profile image

    49lart 

    7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

    I would recommend using flash bounced into a white umbrella off camera and a plain or non distracting background.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @DeBorrah) Thanks! I LOVE baby photos. I am always looking for new tips for taking photos - magazines have some great mom/baby pictures also.

  • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

    DeBorrah K Ogans 

    7 years ago

    Dorsi, Delightful hub! Wonderful tips and great photos!

    Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    katrinasui) YW and thanks for coming by

    ftclick) Yes lots of more pics to come...even of those teen years..lol

    Hello, hello)Thanks my friend. Good cameras do matter.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    Those pictures are absolutely wonderful. You also selected good quality cameras. Well done.

  • ftclick profile image

    ftclick 

    7 years ago

    those are good times indeed then come the teen years. Thanks for putting this up.

  • katrinasui profile image

    katrinasui 

    7 years ago

    Wonderful Hub. Thanks for sharing these great tips.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Earth Angel) Thank you so much!! Glad this started your day out well!!!

  • Earth Angel profile image

    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    GREAT Hub Dorsi!

    What a wonderful way to start the morning! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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