Remember that you just had a baby! You need to take time for yourself to rest and recover from the childbirth experience, so please do not rush and try to do everything in one day. I have learned the hard way that this will end in exhaustion and frustration.
Pictures on a computer screen are nice, but a huge 30×40 canvas hanging in the entryway of your home is even nicer. Trust me on this. 😉
Frankly, I much prefer parents’ and friends’ snaps of their children. They seem to me to be more real and a more joyful celebration of new life.
There’s tons of hours in EDITING pictures to perfection and you really need to have that expertise or it will just not look as it should look…Here’s some examples of before & after :
Remember, time is on your side! Take it easy and don’t over-do it. If you pace yourself, you can capture an amazing variety of images of your sweet new baby.
Experiment and have fun! When I was shooting Gabriel’s newborn photos, I kept my macro lens sitting on the table next to me so I could easily swap out lenses and snag some macro shots during each of our ‘mini shoots.’ I found this to be much easier than trying to get them all at once. If you have an extra camera body, you could leave your macro attached to it to easily grab those macro images as you go.
I know firsthand how difficult it can be having photos taken of yourself, but please, hand your camera to someone else – your husband, an older child, or a friend – and get a few pictures of yourself with your new baby. No one cares that you still need to lose your pregnancy weight, or that you are tired, and don’t feel that you are looking your best – just do it.
Bringing a new baby into your family is one of life’s most amazing and wonderful moments!
Is that something you want to miss out on – forever – like I did… :(I have amazing newborn pictures of all my kids – hanged on our wall – all except ONE… my first daughter… :(And do you think she didn’t ask me why ?! what can I tell her – because we were too stupid to think we don’t needed a newborn photographer ?!?
Instead of rushing to change your setup or reposition your baby, try getting up and walking around your baby to see what unique angles you can photograph. Try walking behind your baby and shoot some pictures from the shadowed side – you may end up with an image that you love! Exhaust all of your different angles and perspectives before moving on to a new pose or setup. This is an easy way to get variety out of a single pose.
If you have a macro lens, now would be the time to pull it out of your bag, dust it off, and put it to good use. If you are having trouble getting the images you want from your macro lens, here are a few tips.
ENJOY THOSE AMAZING NEWBORN PHOTOS – thanks to Tiana Creation , the best Newborn photographer out there.
Contrary to what you may have heard about the first two weeks being the best time to photograph a newborn, it is very possible to photograph older babies in the ‘newborn style’ as well. I was still capturing Gabriel’s newborn photos when he was over a month old.
A very good question. It is one of the few unanswered questions that I have been carrying with me for the last few years, when my sister had her first kid. I have seen this kind of thing happen in many Indian families and still many don’t have the answer for it. Some people say you shouldn’t do these things till the baby is 45 days old and some people say till she is 1 year old. The duration keeps varying. Even though I believe these to be mere superstitions, still I understand that when it comes to babies and kids, everyone is a lot more emotional and no one wants to take any risk. So, people just blindly follow the superstitions without ever worrying too much about the real reason behind it. I don’t think that any real reason exists at all. If one does good things and keeps thinking positively, nothing will happen to his/her kids. Also, certain things in life are beyond our control. Life is full of up and downs and for every down one cannot put the blame as “non conformance to some superstition”.
When I had Gabriel, I would shoot for a short period of time using just one or two setups every other day or so. Not only did this keep everything low stress, but it allowed me to capture the subtle changes as Gabriel changed over his first few weeks of life.
In addition to having a warm shooting area, white noise does wonders for keeping baby asleep. I downloaded an app to my iPhone called ‘Sound Sleeper‘ which has a number of soothing sounds that you can play for baby while you are shooting. I would just tuck my phone underneath the blanket I was shooting on and it would keep Gabriel happy and snoozing!
Newborns have soft and immature eyes. Experts have said that while babies will shut their eyes when exposed to light on reflex, just milliseconds of strong light can cause permanent damage. In fact, a 3-month old baby is left blind in one eye after a family friend forgot to turn off the flash while taking a close-up photograph.
Baby left blind after family friend took photo while flash was onSome adorable poses for infant photo are actually dangerous to try at home. In fact, some poses are only possible with the help of Photoshop.
Newborn babies could really get hurt if inexperienced parents and/or photographers try to force them into awkward and unnatural positions to produce the desirable outcomes. These Baby Photo Poses Are Actually Dangerous To Try At Home
Just like you would not fly a plane on your own… or do surgery on your kids on your own… you should not take photos of your newborn on your own… there are people that learnt for years how to do those things successfully, and we should leave that to them.
One of the most common mistakes I see in newborn photography from pros and amateurs alike is improper lighting. If I had a dollar for every up-lit baby I saw floating around online, I’d be a very rich woman.
You can never have MORE newborn pictures of your child – it’s lost forever… this precious age is never going to happen again. Remember – you have only from day 7 to day 10 to do it properly. Later on – it’s just not going to be as good…
I’ve met a lot of people who attempted to take pictures of their Newborns on their own… and let me tell you one thing they ALL told me – “I am NOT doing this again with my next child…” – they all regret it and they all take a professional photographer for their next baby… but they’ll always regret not doing it for their 1st child , because it’s a memory they’ll NEVER have.
SAFETYYou don’t want to take any risks with your Newborn child.
There were a lot of incidents at photo developers, where when they received the films to be developed, they would report some photo’s to the police because there were pictures of naked babies.
It is in the sky above us. Therefore, seeing a person who is lit from below is very unnatural looking. It is so unnatural looking that it is often seen in horror movies or to depict something frightening. We definitely do not want our baby to look like they belong in a horror flick!
I feel a bit hypocritical telling you this, as I myself have been absolutely horrible about printing my own images, but just do it. Do not wait to design the perfect wall display, or to choose the perfect picture. If you see a good canvas sale going on, just order something. You will love it – I promise!
While some may opt to hire a professional to photograph their baby, some of us are excited at the prospect of capturing our baby’s first days ourselves. My 10th child, Gabriel, was born on June 24th of this year, and I was determined to get some amazing photos of him myself.
Being outside in nature opens up a whole new realm of possibilities and creative freedom that you may not have shooting indoors. Bring along some simple props to place baby in and have fun! I have found that many babies tend to sleep more easily outside on a warm day than they would indoors in a studio setting.
This reminds me of a news story about the dangers of throwing sticks to dogs. Newborn photography with or without flash has been performed since the invention of cameras. Now if you discharge a flash 10 inches from the face ( As described in one suspect source mentioned in another answer), it might cause harm but who does that anyway? Babies can be only manipulated into so many safe poses and most good parents know what’s safe. This warning sounds to me like something a professional photographer might start as a way to drum up business from fickle and paranoid new parents. If the dangers of this photography practice were real there would be millions of blind and crippled children out there today as a result. There are not. So photograph your babies. Photograph them a lot. I am so glad I did with mine. You are missing out on something special if you don’t. Your child might come back and say “Jenny has new born pictures of her, where are mine?” When you give your child your stupid fickle paranoid parent answer, they will roll their eyes at you, start eating gluten, take off the safety helmet and go to the polling station to unfortunately vote for Trump 2.0. It will all be your fault.
A good newborn session by a professional photographer can take 3–4 hours – with several props and poses – and some amazing shots… this includes all the waking up – feeding times – cleaning times ( they poop a lot ) etc…
If you try doing it yourself , you’ll end up with something like that…
Whether you’re photographing for a client or for yourself, one of the things that can make or break a photo is your lighting. Think about the most natural source of lighting we have – the sun.
A professional photographer has a SPECIAL studio specifically made for newborns – they have specific equipment and props – the studio is heated up to a specific degree , so the baby is always comfortable and always safe.
In the past couple of years, we are seeing more and more parents posting pictures of their newborns in all sorts of adorable poses. Thanks to the (relatively) new trend of social media sharing on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, Pinterest, etc., there is no shortage of ideas.
The third trick probably goes without saying but make sure baby has a nice, full belly and is not hungry during your shoot.
NEWBORN PHOTOS ARE ONCE IN A LIFE TIME… There’s only a few days in your entire life when you can take good newborn pictures – from 7 days old to 10 days old – after that it becomes very hard to take good pictures because the newborn is going to wake up and cry a lot – you won’t be able to pose him in all those amazing props – and they won’t sleep as “strong” so they’ll keep wake up every time you change a pose .. which is a LOT…
As ANOTHER professional photographer, this time with more than 50 years experience using photographic flash for all manner of subjects, including babies, I can ALSO assure everyone that the idea the flash can harm the newborn’s vision is nonsense.
Photographing your own newborn can be challenging but also so very rewarding.
Weather permitting, take your baby out of the studio and into nature – you can get some amazingly beautiful and unique newborn photos this way. I get bored easily and was definitely over blankets and beanbags, so my husband and I took a little drive and did a few images of Gabriel outside. They are definitely some of my favorites!
Kids are the purest form of life and even God will not want anything bad to happen to them. So, I don’t think any such thing as bad omen exists. We just need to overcome our fear of so many things in life. It will make our lives much more fulfilling. As long as kids are happy and healthy, we can willingly do stuff we wish to do.
Related: Less is More: Mastering the Minimalist Style of Newborn Photography
Extra advice: Don’t believe everything you read in the Daily Mail… in fact, it is debatable whether you should believe anything printed in the Daily Mail.
Some things to consider shooting with your macro lens: noses, lips, eyelashes, ears, toes, fingers, belly buttons, hair, and fuzzy shoulders. Those details will change so fast as your baby grows and this is a wonderful way to preserve those memories.
Trust me. This will be a priceless treasure for your new baby as he or she grows up.
As cute as those pictures look, there are potential dangers with taking newborn snapshots.
Is that what you want to see on your wall for your entire life ?
Imagine someone seeing this picture and trying to take his newborn pics by herself…
You will hear from time to time how the flash is harmful to a baby’s eyes. People have been taking pictures of their babies for how many years with a flash. Yes, babies eyes are sensitive and you should be careful to not expose them to that kind of light over and over and over. But…….I’m not as concerned with the light as I am with the poses that are so incredibly adorable that people try to do at home. Like mentioned by others, some of these photos are actually a compilation of 2 or more photos in photoshop. If you try to do some of them you WILL harm the baby. I’m a professional photographer and I do newborn shots. I love newborns but you have to be so careful! Please, please, please spend the money and hire a professional to do your newborn’s photos! They know how to pose the baby without doing any harm. They have the necessary props and safety devices to make your newborn photos not only extremely cute but also a safe experience for all (especially for your baby)
What am I doing with all of Gabriel’s newborn images? I am making an epic baby album for him, of course. I cannot wait to order it and have it in my hands! There is NO substitute for the actual finished product for you and your family to enjoy.
As photographers, I think it’s safe to say that most of us are more comfortable being on the back side of the camera, but it is so important for our children that we get in front if it once in a while, too. 🙂 My 14-year-old daughter, Calista, took this image for me and I absolutely love it!
In our home, it is the fact told by elders of the home that a baby should not be photographed before one year of age. We all know a baby becomes a center of attraction from the age of three months as she tries to cuddle, laugh, weep, smile and do all naughty things and we want to click her moments, but elders always forbids to do so, because if the photo is seen by those who do not possess the child, may get jealous and may even have a bad omen on the child. More over never ever try to snap a child in the sleeping posture as it will give a very wrong notion which you better understand and one need not respond here. Infant babies are not even shown mirror as they might get fear and terror in their mind. And they say, never try to kiss a kid when she is sleeping, because when you kiss the kids life will be short-lived (Umar Kaam ho jati hai).I don’t know but I always kiss when kids are sleeping), they are so cute and adorable when they are sleeping.
Not realizing that a professional photographer never left the baby alone… she simply photo-shopped it out later on. The baby is never at any risk because a pro photographer knows she can “remove” the person holding the baby later on from the pictures… but a non-photographer would not know that and will attempt to leave the baby alone.
There are a few simple things you can do that will ensure a happy baby and a productive photo session. The first is to keep your shooting area warm – really warm. I have successfully used my quartz infrared space heater that we use to heat our bedroom in the wintertime, but any small space heater will do.
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And AFTER… notice even the color of the blanket was photo-shopped to match the hat 🙂
They apparently were trying to do the right thing, and were afraid the takers of the photo’s could possibly be pedophiles. and would put the photos online on share them with other pedophiles.
Sometimes you need to take 2 bad photos and make one good one :
This goes without saying, but please make sure your baby’s safety is the number 1 priority while you are taking his or her photos. If you are trying a more difficult pose or working with props, have someone there to help you and to spot baby.
The newborn days are so precious, yet so fleeting. As photographers, we can appreciate how quickly these days go by and how important it is to capture all of the sweet details of our new babies, while they are still little.
Gabriel didn’t move an inch between these two shots, but look how different they are! The first was taken from the front as a nice close-up of his sweet little face and hands. In the second image, I walked around behind him, loved how the lighting looked, and took another picture from that angle. It ended up being one of my favorites!
Don’t forget to document all of those sweet little details that make your baby unique! That little upturned nose, her rosebud lips, his crinkly little chin, those tiny toes and fingers – these are all things that you will not want to forget as your baby grows.
I suppose it’s a cultural thing, but I find those professional photoshopped photographs of tiny babies weird and unattractive. To me they all look like plastic dolls, rather than individual new born babies.
That being said, photos have been used for generations to capture precious memories. Baby photos can still be done as long as we exercise caution. Here’s a great article on everyday parents’ guide to taking newborn photos like a pro (when you are not). It talks in details about safety of these newborn photo sessions, and how to construct composite photos safely. And if you are looking for tips and tricks on how to take newborn photos, either with a smartphone, a regular point-and-shoot, or a DSLR, the article has it all as well.
Older children may be able to hold their new brother or sister, while simple laying down poses are perfect for younger children. This will make your older children feel special and involved as well, which is always a bonus when there is a new baby in the house getting a lot of attention!
Safety is critical but also hygiene – newborns are very sensitive and the studio has to be sterilized and clean.
My newborn photography style is simple and organic with more natural posing, so this was not an issue for me. If you need help from someone, make sure that you ask for it. My husband has been an excellent spotter in the rare times that I’ve needed one. Remember that many of the more difficult looking poses and setups are actually composite images, and not created from a single image.
I personally believe it is the choice of the parents if they want to capture some cute moments of their babies and cherish them for a lifetime or believe in the superstition and later think that whatever good is happening was because they didn’t invite any bad omen for their kid.
In addition to closing down, take that lens out of auto focus and try using manual focus. I had much better results with my macro using manual focus! Do not worry too much about your ISO. If you need to crank it up to avoid underexposing your images, do not be afraid of doing so.
In the UK when i was still living there about 15 years ago now, This was before digital photography was mainstream and photos were still taken using 35mm film and need to be developed before you could see the photo’s.
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However, we must remember that nobody looks directly into the sun for more than a similarly brief instant, let’s say the same 1/1000th of a second, so do not go close with the flash when the subject’s eyes are directed towards the light. FOUR FEET (1.25 metres) is plenty close enough when facing the flash. Be aware, this rule applies to everybody, not just babies…. and NOT because there is a risk of any permanent damage to the retina, (there isn’t) but because it can be somewhat uncomfortable for a moment, and it is rude to do that to people, especially little kids.
Close down a bit – when you are working as close-up as you will need to be to do a macro shot, shooting wide open will give you a very small depth of field. Unless that is what you are going for, try closing down to f/5.6 or even further.
I would love to share with you some tips and ideas to help you create beautiful images of your own baby and to make this experience an enjoyable and stress-free one for the both of you.
IT’S NOT JUST THE PHOTOGRAPHY…IT’S THE EDITING !The hard part in creating amazing newborn pictures is the camera work – but it’s not the hardest part… Later on, each picture is edited to perfection for hours by the photographer … which makes each image even more amazing… something you’d really want to hang on your wall… in a big canvas, and cherish for life.
A good rule of thumb for nice soft shadows and highlights is to have your baby angled such that the light flows from the top of baby’s head on down their body at approximately a 45 degree angle. Look for a soft shadow underneath baby’s nose to verify that you have this right.
Feel free to experiment – for more dramatic lighting and shadowing as in the photo of my husband’s hands holding Gabriel in the photo above, go for a more drastic angle. Have fun playing with different angles and perspectives, but do not, I repeat, do NOT up-light your baby!
Related: 6 ways to photograph a newborn after the first 10 days
In addition to these three things, I have found that most babies (including my own) are much more cooperative and ‘lazy’ in the morning hours than in the afternoon and evening hours. Try to do your shooting between breakfast and lunch, and I think you will agree that this is the best time for most babies.
Photographic flash intensity is typically no brighter than daylight on a sunny day. Moreover, the flash duration is also very brief indeed, approximately only 1/1000th of a second. Do the sums. This means a baby’s eyes are exposed to 1000 times more light than a photoflash delivers for each and every second they spend just being outside in sunlight. Flash effect on vision is therefore absolutely piddling, especially as photoflash is filtered to limit the amount of Ultra Violet radiation emitted to a lot less than sunny daylight.
Many of my friends who had children were afraid to take photos of their children in general because of this.
I am an on-location photographer and most of my work is done in the great outdoors. Who says you can’t take a new baby outside, too?
Please, for the love of all that is newborn photography, do not leave all of your beautiful newborn photos sitting on your hard drive. Print those babies out!
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AND AFTER… a mix of both – remove hands… adjust light and colors…
You do not need any fancy studio equipment to get this right. Almost all of the photos I took of Gabriel were done either in my garage or in front of one of my living room windows utilizing natural light.
Take almost impossible photos by turning your camera into a high-speed capture device!
Newborn photography is an ART… it’s a SKILL that takes years to master , and it’s not something you want to do on your own… or you’re going to blow away the only chance you’ll have with your newborn… as there’s only a tiny window of time you can do something like that.
The pictures taken from your perspective, the mother who loves her baby like no other, are going to have a little something extra special about them. Just take it slow, and be sure to get a lot of rest. You just had a new baby. Enjoy your baby!
The alternative is to crank up the thermostat in your house while you are shooting. Luckily, Gabriel was born during the summer in Arizona, so I didn’t need to do anything other than head to my garage. It was like an oven!
These days go by so fast – before you know it, they’ll be heading off to school, learning to drive, getting married, and giving you grandbabies. I’m not even kidding! It seems like just yesterday I was bringing Clint home from the hospital, and now we are working on a driver’s license. It goes by in the blink of an eye!
If you try to do it yourself – you’ll spend 6 hours on taking 100 pictures , and not even one good one… You’ll LOSE the only chance you’ll have for this magical time of a newborn… and you’ll regret it for life , because you’ll never have good pictures of your newborn.
To create amazing photos of your newborn – there’s often a lot more time in editing, because it’s sometimes very hard to even get one perfect shot…as babues are … well… babies… they do what they want – they don’t pose for you … :(So you have to create a good picture from basically nothing… and this require years & years of Photoshop experience.It’s not just removing stuff – it’s adjusting the light – the colors – the tone of skin… hundreds of things you need to change in order to get a perfect picture.
im lucky in that I have a painting of my mother nursing me, painted by my father just after I was born. I wouldn’t swap it for a thousand posed photographs of a newborn in fancy dress.
One of the benefits of photographing your own newborn is that time is on your side. Unlike shooting a newborn session for a client and having a 3-4 hour window in which to work and create a varied gallery, you have days – weeks even – at your disposal.
I believe even some developers when printing the photo’s would black out any photo’s with genitalia etc.
Some of the sweetest and most endearing photos you can take of your new baby will be the ones you get with his or her older siblings. I set out a task for myself to get an image of Gabriel with each of his nine older brothers and sisters. I still have two to go, but I am getting there!