All newborn babies deserve to get their cuteness captured in newborn baby pictures. They grow up so fast. Soon they will be going to kindergarten. Pictures, especially newborn baby pictures, show the little changes (and a few things that stay the same) with your wonderful bundle of joy.
Honestly, I went picture crazy with my first newborn. I used those disposable cameras and got professional pictures done, too. By the time baby number two arrived, the whole picture frenzy wore off. Sadly, my second baby only has half the amount of newborn pictures as my first one.
Please, don’t let this happen to you. As the kids get older, they realize there is a picture deficit. Arm yourself with a camera and head over to an inexpensive photo studio. Packages can be as little as ten dollars and memories last a lifetime.
Whether you are on baby number one or four, all newborns deserve to steal some spotlight. Capture every moment on film because who knows maybe one day junior will grow up to be like Lebron James and all those baby pictures will be treasured.
Here are 9 tips to take great newborn baby pictures:
1. Pick a good quality but uncomplicated camera that you quickly switch to “on” and just point, shoot, and edit or delete later. You don’t want to be bothering with complicated lenses, and adjusting apertures and so on, because by that time baby will have moved on to doing something else and you will have lost that moment you wanted to capture.
2. Set the stage so to speak. Spread out a nice blanket and keep some favorite items close at hand, which may interest baby and elicit interesting expressions and adorably toothless smiles.
3. Dress baby in your favorite digs and check to make sure it’s clean (don’t want spit up stains or dried drool to be the focus)
4. Make sure baby is well rested, fed, burped and freshly changed to make sure that you have baby in the best possible mood and inclined to pose, in a manner of speaking.
5. Take pictures of baby as he or she is sleeping. Sleeping babies can make for some enchanting pictures and you have the time to really compose your shot.
6. It is best if the baby’s most favorite person is taking the photo – babies tend to smile and react and coo and gurgle most with a care giver or parent; so, tell Uncle Jay “no”.
7. Don’t try too hard to make your boo ‘pose’ – rather just make it a kind of play session and get baby interested and involved in the process.
8. Meal times are another great time to take pictures. Make sure that you capture that distasteful look on the face when baby tastes something new, and unfamiliar, capture the fun she has as she tries to feed herself and the mess that she makes as well!
9. Don’t be afraid of taking close ups of baby’s face; these can make some of the most cherished baby pictures if you get them right.
Practice with different angles and make sure the light is right and then work by trial and error to get the best shots. Then just be ready for the sidelong glance, the wide grin, the puzzled frown and a range of other expression that baby will naturally offer you. Enjoy!