Tips for photographing Babies
Finding the Angles
One of the biggest challenges in photographing babies that I know, many of my friends struggle with is finding a good angle to shoot from. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
In the days following birth it is especially difficult as babies tend to be kept swaddled in bunny rugs and all you end up seeing them for 99% of the time is a little red head. Add to that the complication of the bumps, marks, scratches and misshaped heads that newborns also tend to arrive with and finding a flattering angle that will make more than just the proud parents ooh and aah can be difficult. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
Don’t give up though, all is not lost – here are a number of things that you might want to try to help with the above problems: Baby photography Miami Hialeah
Get Down Low
Oe key to many natural baby shots is to get down to their level. I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last week or two lying on the floor next to Xavier. It’s something I think we both enjoy anyway but it’s also a great place to use your camera. Getting down low and getting in close (see below) does present some challenges in terms of focal length (I’m using a 24-105 zoom – usually at the widest focal length) but it means you end up with shots that feel like you’ve entered the babies world rather than you’re looking down on it from above. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
Another way to improve the angles and make your shots seem more intimate is to get in close by either physically moving in or by using a longer focal length. I’d suggest a longer focal length for the really close shots is better than getting too close as shoving a big lens in your baby’s face could freak them out a little. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
Some of the bests shots I’ve taken over the last month have been taken when people have been nursing Xavier. This puts him in a more upright position which makes him look a little more ‘human-like’ and opens up the angles for your photos. Try a number of positions (over the shoulder, setting him up, laying him back in arms, lying him on his tummy etc) as each one opens up different possibilities. Also remember that your baby is not the only potential subject – parents, grandparents, siblings, friends etc all can add context to the shot and you’ll appreciate having more than just baby by themselves shots later!
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We all love newborn babies because they are cute and small (if only they stayed that way). As a whole they are cute but they also are made up of many little cute body parts that present a photographer with an array of wonderful subject matter – especially if you zoom in on them. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
If your camera has a macro mode or if you’re lucky enough to have a purpose built macro lens use it to isolate a single body part (like a hand, an ear, a foot, a mouth etc) and use that as the complete focus of your shot.
Doing this accentuates the detail that is often missed in the shots many of us take – and you’ll find they punctuate your full collection of photos beautifully and can even make great feature shots. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
Identify ‘Happy Times’
Another challenge with newborns is that they don’t tend to spend a lot of time smiling. In fact they don’t spend a lot of time doing anything much. Sleeping, feeding, pooping, crying….. is there anything else?
Keep on the lookout for those times in your baby’s life when he or she seems most settled and content. They may not smile yet but there are times in a daily routine which are better than others for photos. I find in Xavier’s day there are a couple of moments that are especially good. One is bath time (he loves it) and another is mid morning after he’s had half of a feed and when we let him have a little ‘play’ before finishing his feed off. These are times when we’re guaranteed to get wide open eyes and even a giggle or two. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
Keep Your Camera Close
Our baby is pretty predictable in terms of his daily routine (we seem to have got him pretty settled into one already somehow) but there are moments all day long that he does something cute, disgusting, funny and worth capturing. Without the camera handy you’ll miss these moments as they are usually fleeting. We tend to leave our DSLR in our living room where we spend most of our time with him but also have a point and shoot in the bedroom for other shots. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
Babies change every day, especially in the first few months, it’s exponential and quite amazing to watch. However unless you’re looking for the changes you can easily miss them so it’s it’s important to take shots regularly. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
I have friends who took hundreds of shots in the first few days after their baby was born .
But who didn’t take any shots again until he was 6 weeks old.
They realize just how much he’d changed and how much they’d failed to photograph him.
Until they compared their early shots with the 6-week shots. Baby photography Miami Hialeah
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