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Tips on How to Take Newborn Photos

Updated on November 9, 2012

What to do When "Say Cheese" Doesn't Work :)

Newborn photography is certainly an art. Baby's aren't really sure what's going on, and even nursing is a challenge at first. So getting them positioned to take the perfect photo is certainly a challenge. However, here are some tips for new parents (and grandparents too) to use to get some high quality pictures of their new bundle of joy.

btw, incase you're curious the picture is of my first daughter at two or three days old.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

The most important thing to remember taking photos of newborns is to be patient. They pick up on when you are stressed out, so being relaxed is important too. As one reader said in the comments section of this page - be patient - the great photos will come in time!

Take a LOT of Photos

Digital Photography Makes it Inexpensive to Take LOTS of Photos

There's no reason you can't snap 100s or 1000s of pictures a day. Even if you only have 10 good ones at the end of the day, you can always delete the others when you have more time to decide what you like and what you don't.

Get Close Up Photos

You can't get close enough to the baby when you take newborn pictures! You'll want to remember every detail anyway. Get as close as your camera lens allows (without having a soft or fuzzy picture).

Try Different Angles

Most people don't take the same picture from multiple angles. However, you'll get better looking photos if you try different angles. If you stand up for one shot, try squatting down and aiming upwards the next time. If you shoot from the left, try one from the right too. You never know what will turn out to be a keeper. I like to try three different angles for each shot (so I have choices).

How to Get a "Smile"

Baby's don't come out smiling, but there are things that you can do to provoke faces that are cuter for picture taking. One trick is to use a passifier. Let the baby suck on a passifier for a minute, and then remove and quickly take a picture. Sometimes it takes two people to get the picture quick enough.

What Position is Best for Taking Photos of an Infant?

You will want pictures of baby on their back, but you can also take pictures of baby resting his or her face on mom or another surface. These are going to be the two easiest positions to use when photographing your baby.

Other positions will require props to hold baby in place because of their limited mobility.

What newborn photography tips do you have for new parents?

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      shauna1934 4 years ago

      @jdwheeler: Good point!! That's probably the BEST newborn photography tip of all!!!

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      jdwheeler 4 years ago

      Be patient. The shot will come.