Newborns grow so fast; take as many pictures as possible to capture each detail before it’s gone forever. If your photography skills are a little less than stellar, you may end up with dozen of photos full of dark blobs instead of your beautiful newborn. Not to worry. You can hone your photography skills easily, even with only a few hours of sleep.
Taking Pictures of Newborns: Let Your Camera Do the Work
The best photography tip a new parent can ever learn is to let the camera do the work. Most digital cameras, and even camera phones, have built-in features that make taking photos almost fool-proof.
For example, press and hold the shutter button on your camera before taking a picture. This will activate the automatic focus. When you hear your camera make a beeping noise, that means the photo is focused. You can let go of the shutter button and the camera will take the picture. With some digital cameras you will need to press the shutter button halfway down to get it to focus, so you may need to play with it a couple of times (or read your manual) to get the best image.
Also, keep your camera set to “Auto.” You don’t want to fiddle with settings while you’re trying to capture candid moments. Simple is always better when photographing a newborn.
Make sure your camera’s stabilizer is turned on, too. This feature will make the camera hone in on your subject, providing a clear image, even if your hands are shaky from too much caffeine or too little sleep. Most newer cameras have this feature, so check your owner’s manual to find out how to use it.
Baby Photos: Turn Off Your Flash
One setting you do want to nix is your flash. Turn it off. The flash will not only startle your newborn, but it will also create harsh shadows that are less than flattering. Unless a room is really dark, your camera will adjust to the lighting and still give you a clear photo. Plus, you can’t go wrong with natural light, so settling your baby near a window or on a blanket on the front lawn will produce photos that will make you feel like a pro.
Photographing Babies: Posing for Success
Newborns are some of the most difficult people to photograph. New babies don’t keep their eyes open, and when they do, the baby’s eyes are either crossed or zoned out. It’s okay. Professional photographers roll with it and prefer to photograph newborns while they are asleep. There’s nothing cuter than a baby when it’s comfortable and relaxed.
To get the best photo, prop your baby up slightly. Here are some ideas:
- Curl your baby’s arms underneath her head while she is laying on her stomach.
- Lay your baby on top of, or in the lap of an oversized stuffed animal.
- Drape a colorful blanket over her baby carrier and snuggle her in.
- Have baby’s Daddy or Mommy nestle the baby in the crook of an arm
No matter how you pose your newborn, always make sure that there is someone nearby to keep the baby safe while you snap the shot.
Baby Photos: Take a Picture, They Last Longer!
Babies are cute, darling, and adorable – and they don’t stay so forever. A camera is your best friend when it comes to capturing the moments of sweetness, so you can remember and cherish the photos even when your newborn grows up. With a little practice and perseverance, even when you are low on sleep, you can still take great photos of your new family member.© Copyright 2013 Alina Bradford, All rights Reserved. Written For: Decoded Parenting