You just had a baby and want to memorialize every single moment, and while snapshots are ok, you know you’re going to want to take some more professional looking pictures at some point. Deciding to take professional baby pictures without planning in advance is a disaster waiting to happen. Babies are very unpredictable and just because you think it’s a good time to take pictures doesn’t mean that they do. The best way to capture the best photos possible of your baby actually involve a little bit of advance planning and a lot of organization.
Feltman Brothers, known for their authentic and timeless baby clothing knows all about capturing that perfect moment in a photo. Just click through their website! Just like the reputation that they have built on their attention to detail and vintage styling is the same attention given to their photos. But to get these photos, they followed these 10 great tips for a successful photo shoot.
The time of day: Make sure that you choose a time of day that is most conducive to your baby’s natural wakefulness. In the morning or just after their naptime is the perfect tome for catching smiles and your baby’s personality if he is fully rested. For newborns, naptime is the best time of the day for capturing that special pose.
The right clothing: Try to keep it simple and classic. Make sure to choose outfits that are easy to get in and out of if you’re planning on doing multiple outfit changes, but don’t go overboard and keep it to only one or two outfit changes. You want your baby to be the focus of the photo so try to avoid bold patterns and any clothing with words on it. For family photos make sure everyone is dressed in similar tones. For fun outfits and themes photos like dinosaurs or mermaids get creative and pose the baby in a basket filled with grass or on a blanket resembling water.
Bring props: To capture your child’s attention you may want to bring some of his favorite toys or blanket which can be also used in some of the photos. Also singing his favorite song or instrument may help him get and stay happy.
Food/snacks: A baby who is hungry is a baby who won’t cooperate. Make sure he has a full belly and bring snacks to keep him happy if his mood isn’t what you hoped for.
Lighting: Natural daylight is the best lighting for your baby as it gives a soft look to your baby’s skin. By using window lighting it allows for fewer shadows to be cast. For DIY pictures use a standard 50mm camera that is set to Aperture Priority Mode (A/Av) with a high ISO setting and wide aperture. Allow the camera to choose the shutter speed. And make sure you use an external flash with a light diffuser to fill in any dark spots.
Be prepared to be “on”: Play hide and seek, make goofy noises, funny faces; whatever it takes to capture your baby’s attention and get the baby’s attention and maybe even a smile! Backgrounds: Don’t go overboard with your backgrounds and keep it simple. A great photo that possesses some of the most professional qualities can easily be captured just by using a white, beige or gray cloth or sheet draped behind the baby.
Set the stage: Natural interaction with siblings can sometimes be the perfect way to get the best photo. Use a natural setting for interactions among one another. Things to use include books and toys so they can play with each other. Back off, give them space and be ready to click the camera!
Black and white: Some of the best photos are those that are black and white. Keep the photo classic by using a plain white or black background. Use the Aperture Priority Mode (A/Av) setting and set it for a large aperture to give your background a soft blurred look. This technique is one that is both striking and dramatic for up close up facial shots.
Stabilizers: Instead of using a tri-pod to stabilize your camera, use beanbags instead. By using beanbags its easier to get closer to a baby’s eye level and interact. You can also maneuver better to get different angles. To create a soft shot, use a silver or white reflector to bounce off the light.
Above all, don’t undertake this task alone! Make sure you have someone to help you. Four hands are better than two and with someone to help you they can keep the baby in place, be a safety net so they don’t roll over, help to change diapers and outfits between shots and above all help keep you cool, calm and collected. Don’t just stop at one shot either. If your baby is being cooperative and smiling, take as many shots as possible. This way you gain a better chance of capturing several amazing shots that you will treasure for a lifetime.
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