How To Photograph Your Newborn At Home
While I’m unable to photograph your new addition (at this moment), I wanted to pass along this guide on how you can still capture this fleeting moment – at home – with whatever camera you own!
(yes…even your phone!)
On the following pages, you’ll find a series of tips and photo ideas with suggestions on setting up the shot.
I look forward to being able to photograph your family soon!
Some quick tips to keep in mind
First off, know that your photos are not going to look the same as professional photos, and that’s ok! But you are capturing some precious memories, and that is all that matters. Babies are energy-based and will pick up on your anxiety and frustration, so just relax and go with the flow!
Turn up the thermostat so the room is warm, then give your baby a good feed, and be sure to burp them, so they are happy and sleepy! But remember that awake baby images are beautiful too!
Your baby will probably poop or pee if you take photos without a diaper on, so have supplies ready for quick clean ups.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a DSLR – try putting your phone on portrait mode if you have it to get some yummy blur. Make sure your lens is clean!
And since you will keep things simple – you don’t need any props.
What to wear
Have the family wear comfortable, simple, neutral-coloured clothing. Stay away from logos, words, and characters on shirts, and neon colours. Newborns photograph best in a simple white onesie, as most newborn clothing are cute, but they don’t fit well! You can add a little hat or headband for variety (but not one so big it takes the focus away from baby!)
Baby is more likely to stay sleepy and content when swaddled tightly. Try a simple swaddle wrap!
Try to take your photos in the rooms that get the best gentle window light (not direct sunlight). North/south facing windows are great! If there’s enough window light, turn off your overhead lights.
When positioning baby close to the window, make sure the light is coming from the side or towards the top of the baby’s head.
Always have another adult present to be close to baby while taking photos with siblings. Start with low expectations – they may not cooperate and that’s ok. If they lose patience, rather try those photos another time.
The safety and comfort of your baby is more important than any photo. Please do not attempt any poses that you see newborn photographers do – they are trained in newborn safety and posing.
Pets and siblings should never be photographed with a newborn without another adult right there to keep an eye (and hand!) on baby. When you are taking photos above baby, always wear the camera strap around your neck.
Listen for baby’s cues. Your little one may start to tell you they have had enough. And pace yourself – you just had a baby and will need rest! If you need to break it up over a few days, thats A-OK!
Natural overhead images
- Spread a blanket, swaddle wrap, or sheet on the floor near a window. Best choice: a neutral colour like white, cream or grey, or with an interesting pattern (arrows, stars, polka dots, etc.)
- Position baby with light coming from the side or top of baby’s head.
- Take photos looking straight down – do not take photos up baby’s nose
On the bed
- Use large bed (usually in master bedroom).
- Simple and neutral bedding looks best (tip: use white duvet inner)
- Lay baby on bottom half of bed, with head towards the side window.
- Get down and take photos at baby’s eye-level.
- Add Mama lying down behind baby for a gorgeous shot! – ask your partner or use a timer for this
- Lay a simple blanket down on your bed or even on the floor.
- Lay your baby down so the window light is coming in on the side (or towards the head of your baby).
- Fold the bottom part of the blanket up, tucking under their chin.
- You can put something heavy on each side so blanket stays stretched tight.
- Take photo from right overhead, looking straight down.
Sibling images – laying down
- Safest option for young or rambunctious siblings is not to have them hold baby. Another adult should be right there with baby all the time.
- Spread comfy blanket or rug close to a window. Tuck some rolled up receiving blankets underneath to create a place for sibling to rest head.
- Have sibling lie down with top of their head angled towards window.
- Place wrapped baby right up close to sibling, with baby’s head supported by sibling’s arm.
- Ask sibling to place other arm on baby’s tummy or somehow connect.
In daddy’s arms
- Take photo standing over them, looking straight down.Have dad sit down near a window, so light comes from the side.
- Dad should hold baby out in front of him, resting on his legs, and baby’s head cupped in his hands.
- Take photos focusing on dad’s big hands holding small baby.
- Switch it up for photos of baby feet and hands in dad’s hands, and dad’s hands on baby’s body.
- Also capture Dad’s expression as he looks down at his baby
Mum and baby
- Place parent sitting or standing so window light comes from the side.
- Try to always angle top of baby’s head towards window.
- Hold baby in different ways: lying in arms, held face to face, up on shoulder, facing out, etc.
- For each position, take photos from different angles – straight on, from side, from behind over parent’s shoulder, etc.
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