Baby Photography Tips
We’ve all seen them. The beautifully shot, masterfully designed, picture-perfect baby photos. You scroll past them on Instagram, see them hanging over the mantle in your neighbor’s house, flip through them in a parenting magazine. If you’re not a whiz with a camera, you might feel these images are out of reach unless you spend a pretty penny on a professional session or hours in photography lessons. But worry not! We’ve rounded up our favorite baby photography tips to help you capture the perfect moment of your little one.
1. Work with what you've got.
You don’t need an expensive, fancy camera to take great photos of your baby. Your phone camera works great (if you know how to use it). Luckily, features like Portrait Mode and automatic settings make getting a great shot simple for everyone.
2. Pay attention to lighting.
More doesn’t always equal better. Putting your snuggly little one under 1000 watts of bright light isn’t super flattering, and your photos will probably come out with baby squinting. Natural lighting is the key to a stellar photoshoot. Take pictures in the backyard or near a big, bright window so you can have creamy natural light without all the harsh shadows. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, point the camera in different directions to make sure you’re getting the best lighting and angle possible.
3. Set the stage.
Clear out anything that might be distracting in a photo. Are there laundry baskets peeking out from behind the couch, or piles of mail on the front hall table? Move them out of frame! Messy backgrounds might complete the scene for a cute candid, but keep things clear and intentional when going for a more formal image.
4. Make sure baby is comfortable.
No matter how pretty and put together your backdrop is, no photo is going to come out well if baby isn’t comfortable and enjoying themself. Photos of a sleeping baby in a pumpkin or a watering can may look super cute, but the reality is they are uncomfortable and take a lot of set design to make work. Keep it simple when taking photos at home. Use cozy blankets or their favorite rocker to create a picture perfect spot for your peanut.
5. Set the mood with the right background noise.
Turn on some white noise or your LO’s favorite lullaby when it’s time to start shooting. The familiar, calming noise will keep baby peaceful and help disguise the sound of the shutter or flash going off so your LO doesn’t startle at the sudden noise.
6. Take more photos than you think you'll need.
The beauty of digital photography is you can take as many photos as you want without worrying about running out of film. Try different angles and move your little one around to see what looks nice. Grab details like fingers, toes, and eyelashes. Don’t forget to get a shot from above, too!
7. Keep your baby entertained.
There’s nothing cuter than your treasure’s giggles and tiny smile, but they don’t yet understand that they should bring them out when the camera’s flashing. If baby isn’t in a smiley mood, take out their favorite toy or have your partner make silly faces behind the camera to break out that gummy smile you love. There’s no room for shame when trying to make a baby happy.
8. Don't force it.
If you’ve got everything set up and ready and your little one is not cooperating at all, take a break. Have a snuggle or nursing session, rock and relax. You can always try again later.