LIFE'S PRECIOUS MOMENTS
Newborn photography can come with many surprises. But don't let that stop you from trying because on the other hand you can capture some special moments that you might miss out on otherwise. We all know it ─ they grow up so fast. So take out your camera and start shooting away because they are your little ones only for a little while.
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So you are a new mother and you want to learn more about newborn photography. Oh baby, look no further because I have put together a list of some of the best known and my own personal newborn photography tips I use to capture life's precious little moments. Without the proper road map you can get lost and confused when trying to take photos of your little one. Follow these simple guidelines and make sure to comment below afterwords so I can see the precious moments you created.
What Kind Of Photos Can I Take?
There are two types of newborn photography that you can get into. They are posed and lifestyle and each are great in there own way. I personally love both for different reasons.
The first is a posed/studio style photo. This typically needs to be done within the first 2 weeks of birth when the baby is sleepy and "mod-able". Your main objective for this type of newborn photography is to keep your baby looking perfect by wrapping them in blankets, wraps, hats and headbands. This can be the most time consuming for the two types of newborn photography taking up to 4 hours for good results. So make sure to plan around your day because you don't want to rush it. Take your time and let the the shot come to you. Editing this type of photography also takes some photoshop skills since each photo needs to be individually processed.
Comment below of you need help with any post-editing. I would be more then happy to help.
The second type of newborn photography is lifestyle. This is a much more casual approach to posed/studio photography. While there often can be some staged posing, the idea here is to capture the natural and everyday poses of your baby. This can include mom and dad holding the newborn with your living area as the background. My favorite thing about lifestyle newborn photography is that you capture the amazing moments between the family and baby. Often they can tell a story and show how much love is in the air.
I personally love both types of newborn photography. I usually start with a posed/studio session and incorporate lifestyle on breaks and feeding sessions to get the best of both worlds. Don't let breaks from the session keep you from shooting. Often times these are the forgotten moments and the ones that have proven to get the best results.
Make Sure You Have What You Need
Posed/studio newborn sessions are a lot of work. Often they can take as much prep work as shooting a large wedding. You need a lot of stuff to get it right. I have created a list of things you can use to get the best possible results with little effort on your part.
- Camera and backup camera (optional)
- Formatted memory cards
- Camera lenses
- a few loud and noisy kid's toys (please don't use dog toys)
- Backdrop stand and clamps
- Step stool
- a Boppy pillow for posing
- Props (baskets, crates etc...)
- Blankets for backgrounds
- Soft music to hide the sound of your camera shutter. (phone/small speaker work best)
Make sure to eat enough before you get stated as these sessions can take up to 4 hours. Wear comfortable cloths and something to kneel on for your comfort.
Let Your Baby Inspire You
It's a great idea to have some poses in mind before hand. Do a quick google search to get inspiration and try to replicate what others have done. You might also notice that some of the best photos you take are the unplanned and unnoticed times that shows your babies uniqueness. whether it's the big beautiful eyes, the cute dimples or a great head of hair, try to highlight the beauty of your child whenever possible.
Be In The Moment
Let your baby move, stretch and yawn. Likely you will be doing the same after a few hours. Don't stress over having the perfect shot every time. Often you will get the best results from being in the moment and following what your child does.
One of the best tips I can give you is when you are posing your child, open up their fists. This can be tricky but relaxed hands will add a much more natural and peaceful feel to the final photo.
Sleepy Time = Macro Lens Time
Aside from from lifestyle and posed sessions, you can use that macro lens to get shots of your babies precious toes, ears and lips etc. These close up shots are great for wall art and albums. Usually when a baby falls asleep on me I use this time to take my macro lens out for bit. It will be easy to get nice sharp looking photos with the soft focus of a macro len since they will be lying still at this time. If interested, I also wrote a review on a great macro lens attachment that you can use with your standard kit lens to take great looking macro photos.
Adding Siblings Is A Wonderful Idea
If you have any older siblings try and get them into the photo. Toddlers usually have small attention spans so try and get them to take a photo with your newborn while their attention and curiosity is fresh. Then let them go play after. If they still don't want to to participate, ice cream and candy have magical powers!
Don't Give Up
As much as you think you are, your baby is the boss regardless of how much control you have. If your baby will not take a nap, switch over to lifestyle photography and come back to posed/studio later. The session wont always go as planned but that could be the best thing that happens. Do some research of newborn photography before you start and you will be just fine. Stay in the moment and let your child do the work for you. You got this mamma.
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