How to Take the Perfect Pictures for Babies

Michele Wanke
Taking perfect pictures of your baby can be a snap!

By learning how to take the perfect pictures for babies you'll be able to preserve precious moments that will last a lifetime.

How to Take the Perfect Pictures for Babies

Your new bundle of joy is finally here. He's healthy, happy, and you want to share his cuteness with the world. So, how do you take the perfect pictures for babies?

By following these photo tips, you're guaranteed to make your baby's album shine:

Lighting

Good lighting is the key to great pictures. Whether you are photographing a 10-day-old or a 10-month-old baby, it's important to have proper lighting. Choose natural light when possible. Using your camera's flash to illuminate a scene will make your subject appear flat. Babies are soft and round. When you shoot with a flash, you diminish that depth. To capture your cutie in the best possible light, move her near a window or lamp. Avoid harsh, direct light. Instead, position your tot so she is bathed in soft light. Using natural light will produce more realistic looking colors, especially with skin tone, eyes and clothing.

Angles

Your shots will improve exponentially if you shoot them from your baby's eye level. When you take photos standing up with the camera pointing down at your infant, you accentuate the size disparity and provide a detached perspective. Getting down to your baby's level will allow you to capture aesthetically rich images and the distortion will be minimized. If your baby can see you, there is a greater chance that she will make eye contact with you. Place your baby on the bed or on the floor and get close to her. By doing so, you will be able to capture priceless facial expressions at her level.

Poses

There are only so many shots you can take of your baby sitting in his carrier before they start looking boring. You can spice up your photos by posing your baby. From birth to about 3 months, you can safely pose your infant without worrying that he will move out of the frame. This is the ideal age to capture shots of your child interacting with his hands, feet, fingers, toes, nose and ears. To enhance a simple shot of your child discovering his new world, consider placing him in cute poses, including:

  • Propped up in a basket or box surrounded by toys
  • Sitting in a pool of plastic balls
  • Reclining in a chair next to his favorite stuffed animal
  • Swaddled in the arms of a loved one
  • Cuddled up next to the family pet
  • Peeking out from under a blanket
  • Sitting in a field of flowers

Props

Once your baby is placed in a safe and comfortable area, then consider jazzing up your shots with some simple props. Choose an item your child is familiar with such as:

  • A favorite blanket
  • Toy
  • Book
  • Stuffed animal
  • Flowers
  • Balls

Personalizing your child's photo with props is a great way to create a memorable picture. In addition, it may also help your baby feel comfortable during a photo shoot. However, you don't need to drag your child's toy collection along to every photo shoot; often a toddler playing with an item as simple as a rock can make for a stunning portrait.

Patience

Babies are phenomenal photo subjects. However, they are often the most challenging ones to work with. This is why it's so important to exercise patience when shooting youngsters. Different kids react differently to cameras. The key to getting a great shot in record time is to make the process as natural as possible. The less a child is aware of the camera's presence, the more natural and expressive he will be.

Focus on taking pictures of your baby engaged in everyday activities, such as eating, sleeping or looking at an object. If you are determined to get your little one to look directly at the camera, then ask others to call your baby's name, wave a toy or shake a rattle near the camera.

Camera Tips

You don't need to invest in an expensive camera to capture cute shots of your baby. You can get away with owning a moderately priced camera, provided you know how to use all of its features to your advantage. Read your owners manual carefully and familiarize yourself with your camera's capabilities.

You also don't need to spend a bundle on fancy photo accessories. However, two items you might consider purchasing are:

  • Telephoto lens--A long lens comes in handy when you don't want the baby to be aware of your presence. If you are not invading your child's space, she can carry on with her activities and you will be able to capture charming photos with natural expressions.
  • Tripod--Floor standing tripods can be purchased for less than $30. This small investment will yield big payouts in the form of sharp images of your baby. Without a tripod, you run the risk of shaking the camera, which results in blurred shots.

Snap to It

Babies grow up fast, so focus on capturing as many shots as you can now. Doing so will help you remember the magic of childhood long after your kids leave home.

How to Take the Perfect Pictures for Babies