A new baby is often a landmark moment for many couples so pictures are an important part of remembering the special moments. It is only natural that we would wish to document this new family addition via photograph -after all, kids do not stay babies forever. However, newborn photography comes complete with its own unique set of challenges, and if you're not prepared you may find yourself missing irreplaceable moments in your child's life.
Here are a few things to keep in mind that will ensure photos of your new baby always turn out great:
Always Be Prepared
In the world of babies, almost everything that happens can be considered a "first." Your baby will come home for the first time, laugh for the first time, take their first bath – the list is endless. One of the best ways to make sure you catch every one of these priceless moments is to keep your camera nearby at all times. Keep extra batteries ready to go and as much film as you can stand to have around the house. You will never know when something great is going to happen so it always pays to be prepared.
Use the Right Type of Light
A bright, direct flash is not flattering to any person, newborns included. Whenever you can, always look for indirect or natural light when taking pictures of your newborn. Often times soft light creates soft shadows that can often cover up the slight imperfections that most babies have. If you're really worried about how your newborn looks you can always digitally airbrush out the little imperfections.
Do not Forget to Put Down Your Camera
You may be so concerned with taking pictures of your new baby's first that you may miss out on experiencing the moment. Do not forget to focus on having fun with your child and be happy to put the camera down to spend time with your child. It really does not matter if you miss a few pictures here and there as spending time with your baby is far more important than any picture. And, if you act fast you can often catch unpredictable moments and get some great photos.
A newborn is certainly an important addition to a family, but you will find that pictures of a lone baby can get boring quite fast. Do not forget to get other family members interacting with your newborn. Not only will this serve to record your child's first meetings with important figures in their lives, but it will also give your child great joy to be able to see how important they were to everyone (laughing at everyone's ridiculous hair styles is a bonus, as well). One thing you can do is try to take photos of everyone in your family holding the baby at different events so you'll have all kinds of photos to share.
Schedule Your Shoots
Many babies are on a pretty routine schedule so take advantage of it. Pay attention to the times when your child sees the most active or happy and take advantage of taking pictures during those times. Babies are certainly unpredictable, but a general idea of when yours is most agreeable will go a long way towards helping you capture happy moments.
Most importantly, do not allow yourself to get stressed out trying to capture every last thing. Taking pictures of your new baby should never be a burden, so it's important to know when it's great to take pictures and when to let go. Make sure to not let your desire for getting the perfect picture outweigh the importance of spending quality time with your child. Shoot lots of pictures, always keep that camera close, and the rest will take care of itself.