When your baby is newborn, the time flies by so fast. Many parents wish that they could freeze time and stay there for a while longer, but unfortunately it just whizzes by without a care in the world. It’s important to cherish the time you have with your newborn baby, as they grow very quickly in the first few years of their life. One way to do this is to take some creative shots of your newborn – a little like Anne Geddes. Here are some tips and tricks you may find useful:
Do it in the First 10 Days
By taking pictures within the first 10 days of your baby being born, you’ll find the process much easier. That isn’t to say that you won’t get good pictures when they’re a few weeks old, however; babies who are 10 days and under like to sleep a lot. This will make it much simpler for you to take pictures of them. Plus, they won’t be bozz eyed, flailing their arms around, or crying. Score! Learn more about their sleeping pattern to get a better idea of good times to take pictures.
Set Aside Some Time
You can’t expect to take some great pictures of your baby in just a few minutes. You should be able to set aside at least an hour for the task, to make sure you get some stunning shots.
Be Ready When They’re Happy
Only you know when your baby is happy, so be prepared to snap them at that exact moment. All babies are different, so keep an eye and ear out for their best moods and pull out your camera!
Make Sure Your Background isn’t Too Distracting
Lots of people make the mistake of taking baby pictures with too much in the background. A cluttered house, lots of toys, patterned blankets, etc. The goal is to make the background as neutral as possible to really show off your gorgeous baby. For example, you could use a white blanket and backdrop, or a fluffy rug. The background can be pretty much any colour, but it should never be too busy.
Use Accessories to Add to the Cute Factor
Let’s say you’re taking pictures on a cream fluffy rug, you may want an accessory to play up the cute factor. Not too many; this shoot should be about your baby. However, a flowered headband or a cute teddy bear could add to the image and make it look like a professional newborn photographer snapped it. Don’t underestimate the power of your baby and a blank background, though.
Don’t Use the Flash
Nothing ruins pictures of newborns more than using flash. Ideally, you’ll have a light coloured room with lots of natural light/big windows. If you don’t, you can take the pictures outside but your baby may get uncomfortable.
Try Different Angles
Play around with angles. Take pictures from up above, and get down to your baby’s level to see what kind of pictures you come up with. Whatever you do; don’t take a picture from up your baby’s nose. No baby can look cute from that angle.
Let me know what you think of these tips!