When my daughter Layla was born I had a hard time putting the camera down. And apparently I wasn’t the only one. The cashier at the photo developing shop told me that new parents comprised a fairly sizable chunk of their business.
We can’t help it! Babies are such beautiful creatures that you want to capture every new movement and every fleeting smile that comes along. (Even if that smile is attached to a smelly gas bubble!)
However the problem many parents have is that their lack of good photography skills can translate into pictures that are too dark, too bright, blurry, out of focus, uncentered, and so on. Perhaps this describes you.
If so, don’t sweat it. These problems are easily fixable. An album full of mishaps can quickly be transformed by following these 4 tips…
1) When taking pictures of babies lying on their backs, stand directly over them and shoot straight down.
I used to take a solid color baby blanket and place it on the floor in a bright, sun filled room. When I was ready to take a picture I would put Layla on the blanket, and adjust it around her, making sure not to put her directly in the sunlight. Then I’d get on my knees right over her, aim straight down and snap away.
This technique will allow you to center the camera properly and you’ll get some great close-up shots. The natural sunlight will often give you just enough light so your picture isn’t too dark or too bright.
2) Capture a range of emotions.
Smiling babies are cute. But so are crying babies and pouting babies and messy babies and sleeping babies.
Be sure to take pictures of your little one in all phases of his or her emotion filled life. You’ll be amazed at how truly beautiful they are in non-traditional picture taking situations.
3) Make bath time picture time.
While there are some babies who don’t like water, most love it. They often become very expressive in the bath tub – laughing, cooing and splashing. So bath time often becomes a great opportunity to capture a few precious shots of your little one.
I’ve personally used the bathtub to document how Layla has changed over her 2+ years. Every couple of months I take a few close-up pictures of her in the bathtub. Then I take the best one and place it in a special section in the photo album.
It’s truly amazing to see how her face changes so dramatically with each new picture.
Taking pictures of your new baby is a great way to preserve life long memories. Baby pictures can also make great postcards, keepsakes, or baby shower gifts. Here are some simple tips to get great baby pictures: 1) Avoid bright lightBabies are especially sensitive to bright light including harsh sunlight and flash photography. If possible,...