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How to Take Newborn Photos at Home

How to Take Newborn Photos at Home

Are you hoping to save some money by taking your own newborn photos? If so, read on to learn how to take newborn photos at home.

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As soon as your baby is born the clock starts ticking.

Every day they are getting bigger and developing a little more. This is why so many mothers choose to take newborn photos as a way to remember just how small and precious their baby once was.

Read on to learn more about how to take the perfect newborn photos at home

Consider the Posing for Your Newborn Photos

When it comes to taking photos of your newborn, there's a good chance that they will be sleeping during the process, which is why it's best to take poses that coincide with their sweet sleeping face. However, it's important to remember that the baby needs to be propped up just so in order to get a clear shot of their face.

To accomplish this there are several poses you can try. The first is placing the baby belly down and gently folding the arms under his or her head. From here you will get a clear view of their face while still capturing how tiny their hands and feet are. You can also choose to lay the baby on their side for a full profile.

You can use props as well, like a set of books, a small box, or even a stack of flower crowns to help hold your baby up into position.

Figure Out the Timing

Timing is truly everything when it comes to planning out your DIY baby photo shoot. There's simply no way you're going to get a sweet happy face if your baby is overstimulated, hungry, tired, or simply over the whole thing before you even begin.

For this reason, try to do your baby's photos when they are about 5 to 10 days old. At this age, your newborn is sleeping in longer stretches, up to hours at a time, which will allow you to pose them and adjust them without disturbing them.

Work With Natural Light

Natural lighting is the standard for photographers of any level and will make a vast difference in the final result of your photos. Even if you plan on editing your photos later, it's best to use natural light to start.

That's because using a flash while taking photos creates a harsh, reflective light on their face. This makes it difficult to really capture their adorable and defining features due to the white glow hovering around them. If you aren't sure the best time to take the photos there are apps designed for letting you know when the best lighting for the daywill be.

Pick a Theme

While a newborn announcement is exciting enough, it's always fun to work in a memorable theme that can help guide your props and even the apparel for your baby.

The theme doesn't have to be fancy, or something you need to go over the top with. In fact, two or three props that coincide with the theme are often more than enough. Try to choose a theme that is relevant and special to your family. For example, if your family is full of major Star Wars fans, then you might choose to wrap the baby in a white shawl and top them off with some knitted Yoda ear earmuffs.

Celebrating seasons, like crisp leaves if your baby was born in the fall or flower crowns if your baby was born in the spring, is also a subtle touch.

Create the Right Backdrop

When looking for professional quality, try to avoid having a background that simply looks like your home (unless you're going for more of a candid shots feel than a staged photoshoot look). This can easily be done by draping fabric over the back of a coach or using wallpaper on a poster board to create a setting.

If all else fails, consider doing an outdoor theme since the lighting will be easier to work with and the color of grass and flowers create a beautiful contrast.

Keep Clothing Comfortable

There's a reason why so many baby pictures are taken in the nude. The more comfortable the baby is, the longer your shoot will last. If you decide not to let your baby take photos in their birthday suit, try and keep their outfit as comfortable as possible. A simple flower crown or boutonniereis enough to add the extra flair you're looking for without going crazy on the clothing.

Make sure the clothing doesn't fit too tightly, doesn't feature any scratchy fabrics like lace or chiffon, or annoying details like sequins or uncomfortable buttons. You'll also want to make sure the outfit is suitable for the weather. Newborns get cold very easily so it's best to keep baby cozy. A swaddle is a great way to create an adorable look while still keeping baby fast asleep.

Know When to Stop

When the baby says it's time to stop, then it's time to stop. Remember, this is supposed to be an enjoyable and memorable experience, don't torture your baby for a few likes on Facebook.

If you really haven't captured the photo you're looking for, leave your props and backdrop in place and give your baby a break. After feeding and cuddle time your model will usually be more cooperative.

Keep Safety in Mind

No matter how cute a pose may be, always remember safety first. If you do choose to let your baby sleep on their tummy, avoid having them on soft pillows or overly fluffy blankets.

Also, remember to never have your baby on something they can slide off of or easily wiggle out of. If young children will also be involved in the photo shoot make sure they know clearly ahead of time what is okay and not okay to do during the photo shoot. Siblings will still be adjusting to the new baby and may need a refresher course on how fragile they are.

Get the Family Involved

There's no need for newborn photos to be a solo experience. Get brothers, sister, dad, and even grandparents in on the fun. This is a great way to incorporate the theme you picked or to even show where the baby falls in the order of siblings.

Plus it's always fun to look back out how everyone looked when the baby first arrived. Also, try not to hide away from the camera just because you still have a bit of a pregnancy belly. The belly will go away, but you'll regret not taking the chance to have photos of you with your newborn.

Adding in matching colors, themed flower crowns, and other simple touches can help show unity within the photo.

Keep in Mind the Details

You don't have to break the bank to have beautiful and subtle details incorporated into your newborn photos. You can easily order beautiful newborn flower crownsthat fit perfectly into the look you are trying to create.

Remember, the look isn't reserved just for little girls. There are plenty of beautiful flower details for baby boys as well.


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