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Professional newborn photos are wonderful, but if cash is tight you can hit up Target and Sears photo studios for a newborn shoot for less than $100.
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8. Experiment with settings. We’re used to seeing photos of babies in cribs, in beds, the bath, etc. But how about asleep on dad’s chest, nestled inside of a box, or positioned atop a decorative rug? Unexpected settings can add visual interest to your shots. Of course, you want to be extra careful with creative settings too! Most of the amazing pro photos have a spotter’s hand in the shot to keep baby safe, and then is later photoshopped out of the photo. Don’t ever pose baby in a precarious position and then step back to take a photo.
4. Be sure baby’s recently fed and changed. If you want to prevent a mid-photo-mishap, change your baby right before the newborn shoot. You’ll also want to be sure he’s well-fed, relaxed and content.
7. Think texture. If you want something more interesting than the black backdrop, think textures. Shoot baby against a thickly woven blanket, fuzzy fleece, or a corduroy cloth. These patterns pick up nicely in photographs and create an organic feel.
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5. Pose baby on a beanbag or a bunch of pillows. This soft perch will enable you to set her into various positions in a safe and comfortable manner. Of course you never want to leave baby unattended in such a setting!
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1. Do it early! The first few days is ideal. Anything before 10 days works. After that babies don’t sleep as deeply, so you can’t pose them as easily. Also, after 10 days newborns start to get baby acne and God forbid your little one has a blemish for his first photo!
10. Seek inspiration from the pros. Do a Google image search for newborn photography. Browse some of the most popular photographer’s blogs. Or hit up Flickr for some inspirado for your newborn shoot.
1. Prepare Your Shoot Keep area warm Set up a Space heater Test the temperature so baby doesn’t get too hot Feed & burp baby to keep them comfortable & sleepy 2. Choose Fun Props Consider colorful hats, headbands, wraps, swaddles Show how small baby is with baskets & bowls Consider props based on parents’ hobbies/interests 3.
Comfort Your Newborn Use white noise to help soothe the baby Swaddle or wrap the baby Rock the baby gently Use a soft, soothing voice Keep your hands warm as cold hands are startling 4. Put Safety First Consider the props you’re using Avoid hard or sharp objects Never place baby on high or unsteady area without a spotter Consider composite images for any risky scenes 5.
Learn Basic Newborn Poses The Back Pose The Side Pose The Tummy Pose Focus on the Details 6. Use Natural Light Use window light as your main light source Use a reflector to fill in shadows Learn More
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6. Get a black backdrop. Want those classic black and white photos of baby isolated against a black background? Grab a large piece of black fabric, blanket, or anything similar, drape it over your beanbag, perhaps pin it to your wall behind you, and, voilà, instant home studio.
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2. Bring a space heater. Even if it’s summertime, newborns get the chillies something fierce when they’re changing clothes or in their birthday suit. A space heater on the spot will help make things comfy for your munchkin model.
Important Note: Our actual, complete guide to newborn photography is much more comprehensive and detailed. These are simply high-level overviews of some of our favorite tips. To understand our newborn photography framework, be sure to take a look at our Newborn Photography Workshop!
Better yet, if you’ve got a decent camera, some flair, and a bit of time, you do your own newborn shoot.
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9. Sink to their level. Great photography’s all about perspective. Experiment with photos down at your baby’s level. Your shots will feel like you’ve entered the baby’s world rather than looking down on them.
3. Wait until baby is good and sleepy before you start your newborn shoot. This way you can pose her however you like. If you catch your baby in the first few days of her life, this won’t be a problem. But if, like us, you try to do the photos around day seven or beyond, be prepared to twiddle your thumbs for an hour or so until the newborn is snoozing steadily.
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They’re more important than senior class pictures, get more exposure than a drivers license photo, and serve as a visual debut to the world… The birth announcement photo! If you’re like me, newborn photo announcements are a standard parent operating procedure. I have a huge collection of my friends’ and families’ newborn announcements, most of which are still stuck to my fridge.
Newborn photography can always be a little bit intimidating regardless if you’re trying it for the first time or it’s one of your specialties. Simply just handling newborns can prove itself to be more than enough to worry about during a newborn session, let alone thinking about setting up and shooting your images. So, we’ve put together six newborn photography tips as a way to help you make this process as smooth as possible.
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