“They grow up so fast” is a phrase you often hear after having a baby and it couldn’t be more true. Babies develop at an astounding rate, seemingly changing their appearance overnight. That’s why it’s so important to capture as many photos as you can of your new bundle of joy.
While it would be fantastic to get professional photos taken of your baby, sadly most new parents simply don’t have the budget. The good news is, there are ways you can achieve perfect photos of your baby from the comfort of your own home. Below you’ll discover 10 great tips to help you take the perfect baby picture at home.
1. Choose A Good Quality Camera
In order to take the perfect picture, you’re going to need a decent camera. However, this doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy the most expensive camera you can find. Do a little research online to see which cameras have the best reviews in your budget range. Smartphones are great, but they’re not going to give you the same kind of quality as an actual DSLR camera.
2. Set Yourself Up At The Baby’s Level
One mistake many new parents make is they take all of their photos directly above their baby. While you’re going to get a few great shots from above, they can’t beat the more personal feel of a picture taken from your baby’s level. Let’s be honest – it can be a little more difficult to take pictures from this angle. However, laying on the floor allows you to capture very natural looking, more flattering pictures. It offers a “world through your baby’s eyes” type look that gives a touching, more unique photo.
3. Take A Few Close-ups
Close-up pictures allow you to capture more emotion and detail. Don’t just focus on close-ups of the face, why not take a picture of their tiny feet and hands? These types of photos again provide a more personal touch and the viewer won’t get distracted by anything in the background.
4. Use The Swaddle Technique To Calm Your Baby
One of the main challenges of taking photos of your baby at home is they can get a little agitated if you’re trying to pose them. A great way to calm a newborn is to use the swaddle technique. Babies love to be swaddled as they find it really comforting. If they have a favorite blanket, use that.
As well as calming the baby, swaddling helps to keep them still, making it much easier to take a photo. You could even turn this into a cute posed photo by placing baby and blanket into a decorative basket!
5. Play Around With Natural Lighting
Try not to use your flash when taking the photo, as this won’t just potentially upset your baby, but it can also be quite unflattering. Natural lighting tends to provide the best results. Ideally you’ll want to find an area of the home with good indirect natural lighting. Examples include by a window or in the shade of a tree out in the garden.
You’ll find that placing the child with their back against the lighting will create a much brighter backdrop while enhancing the colors in the picture. Placing them facing the light will produce a shadow-less, softer photo. Or why not try placing them with the lighting shining beside them? This adds soft shadows to the photo really adding a more dimensional look.
6. Take Candid Shots
Some of the best baby photos are the ones that are taken candidly. Posed photos can be beautiful, but more candid shots produce images that you’re going to treasure forever. Photos of your baby playing for example will capture more intimate, off-guard expressions.
7. Be Patient And Wait For The Right Shots
As a new parent, patience can seem like a luxury. Life suddenly becomes very hectic with little time to actually sit down and relax. Some days you’re lucky if you get a shower, so the thought of spending ages trying to get a good photo can seem like an unrealistic goal! However, learning to slow down and take just a little time out of your busy day will reward you with some of the most treasured photos.
Your baby is going to grow up quickly and you’ll never get those precious moments back. So when you look at it that way, you realize those dishes that have piled up can wait a while.
8. Make Use Of The Self-Timer
One thing many parents regret is not getting enough photos of themselves with the baby. There are a lot of great cameras out there so find one with a self-timer function and familiarize yourself with it. That way, you’ll be able to set the timer and pose with your baby without the need for assistance.
9. Take Lots Of Pictures In Quick Concession
The great thing about digital cameras is they are free to use. You can take as many pictures as you want (up to the space limit of course). So, rather than trying to get the perfect photo first time, take lots of photos in quick concession. You’ll then be able to delete the ones you don’t like and even discover tiny, precious details that change with each picture. The more photos you take, the more chance you’re going to end up with one that you love.
10. Don’t Forget The Background
Finally, one of the key things that determines whether you end up with a perfect photo is the background. When taking photos at home, make sure the background is clean and free from any clutter. So many parents have taken the perfect photo of their child only to realize that there’s an object in the background that ruins the picture.
Overall taking the perfect photo of your baby at home largely takes time and patience. The 10 tips above will help you to capture the best pictures. Try not to worry too much about actual poses. Remember, the best photos are often the ones that you do not prepare for.
But the list isn’t complete here – what have you tried that has worked well for you? Do us all a favor and share your own tips and tricks, because we’d love to learn from your experience!