Photography tips for taking photos of your baby
- Always check your camera settings before you shoot a photo that you intend to print.
- Always select the highest resolution and largest file that your camera will support.
- Lighting: Avoid using a flash on sensitive newborn eyes, natural light is best (but not in direct sunlight). Take the picture by a window or find a spot in your house that has soft, subtle light. Not using the right light (or enough lighting) can result in blurry or grainy photos.
- Close up: move in as close as your camera will allow, capture your baby’s beautiful delicate features and capture them close.
- Capture their different moods, whether that is smiling, laughing or even crying.
- A picture of a sleeping baby can be elegant and simple so no need to wake them to get that perfect shot.
- There is nothing more sweet than a baby’s foot or hand so show how small and delicate it is by including a parents hand holding it.
- Keep it simple with little props as your baby is the star so minimize distraction.
- Get down on their level and take the pictures on the carpet using different angles.
- Black and White: Nothing beats a timeless and classic black and white photo.
- It softens the image and highlights your soft and cuddly baby.
- Have fun and be patient, you will get the shot you want!
Photography tips for taking photos of your child
- Always check your camera settings before you shoot a photo that you intend to print. Always select the highest resolution and largest file that your camera will support.
- Get down on their level: keep the camera at about ‘eye-level’ of the child, so they look straight to the camera, instead of ‘looking up’ at you.
- Get close: We often take ‘safe shots’ where everything (every part of the body from head to toe) is photographed too. Try and get some close-up shots as well as it’s nice to capture their cheeky smiles!
- Natural lighting: Try and stay away from using a flash and take photos during the day, outdoors or near a window. If you do use flash, make sure to keep some distance. A good rule of thumb is 3 feet apart. Not using the right light (or enough lighting) can result in grainy or blurry photos.
- The best time to photograph children is when they are having fun doing something that they enjoy. The most honest and endearing images are usually taken when they’re left to their own devices.
- Let your kids move around, you don’t want stiff pictures.
- Be quick: children are fast and always on the go so don’t delay in taking photos of them. If you are too slow you will lose the initial spontaneous smile or laughter!
- Steady your shot: remember you want them to move around and that means you need to move around too so cup your hands around the camera to stabilise your hands.
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