It’s worth taking the time to get a great shot for your birth announcement or thank you cards. Taking photos of babies or small children can be the most rewarding portraits to take, but they can also be the most frustrating.
Babies tend to sleep, eat and cry a lot and won’t pose in front of the camera, but don’t let that put you off getting the perfect shot. Think about timing your photo session to when your baby is happiest. Most baby’s have a particular time of day when they are nearly always in a good mood.
One of the most important factors in photographing babies is patience. Try starting out by playing with your baby, or even become a child yourself while taking the photograph. But remember, you must be able to react quickly when your baby responds to your entertainment. Get down on the child’s level, this will both help with your photo composition and likely to be more entertaining for the baby, resulting in a better shot.
Shooting a photo of a newborn baby requires a different approach At this age the baby will not be active, so it can be easier to get a shot. Try using natural light from a bedroom window to add mood to the portrait. Indirect lighting will usually always work best for these type of photos.
Babies over a few months of age will be more alert and will have a lot more movement in them. Shooting fast is a necessity, as they can tire quickly.
Babies seven months or older can be very tricky to shoot. They can bore quickly and will not want to stay in the same position. Watch out for the fingers – fingers in the mouth can be attractive but on most occasions they will obscure the face.
Including a small prop, such as a beanie, bonnet or soft toy, can give your photo interest, but can quickly become missiles with older babies.
Remember, by keeping your photos clean and natural, you’ll be creating a keepsake for years to come. You will be amazed at how quickly your small newborn grows, and by capturing as many photos as you can along the way, you’re bound to have some that are just perfect.