Taking Beautiful Baby Pictures

Here are a few photography tips to help you capture images that you'll cherish forever.

  • Use soft lighting. Try not to use direct light on a baby's new and sensitive eyes; avoid direct flash or sunlight. Using soft light will help tone your baby's skin color and give your photos that nice natural look. The best soft light? North window light, on a bright overcast day. Of course, any window light will do in a pinch.
  • Get down on your baby's level. Try not to shoot from 5 to 6 feet above your baby. Get on your tummy and get close. Let your inner artist come out and experiment with your camera, lighting and angles. Don't be afraid to get up close to capture the twinkle in your baby's eye. Use black-and-white or sepia tone for old-fashion-style photographs. For sharp, clear pictures, use the viewfinder, not the LCD - the camera will be steadier.
  • Keep it simple. Simple colors, simple backgrounds. Don't clutter your baby photos with lots of props or toys. You want your baby to be the center of attention in the photo, not the accessories.
  • Make it a family affair. Be sure to capture your baby with grandparents, siblings, new friends - everyone! It will be fun to have those memories later. Plan photo shoots during those times when your baby is at her best - after feeding, rest, etc. Involve your spouse. Try different poses with the baby. Explore your baby's shapes and contours - feet, legs, hands, as well as her face.
  • Keep your camera ready. Having your camera nearby will allow you to capture those moments right when they happen. Whether it is a first step, the first trip to the zoo or the first time at the beach, you'll need to be prepared to capture those moments for your collection. Make sure your camera's batteries are always charged. 
  • Share those photos. Don't leave all those photos on your camera. Download them regularly, share them online with your friends and family, and make prints of the best for framing or placement in your family album.

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