In life, there are moments you wish you could freeze and keep it that way forever. Isn’t it? Unfortunately, you can’t. All you can do is click them into photographs and treasure those memories.
When our son was born, we were determined to capture every beautiful moment he presents us, from his toothless smile to every milestone along the journey. But at the same time, we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it. Of course, you can get beautiful newborn photos taken by a professional photographer. But, it is impossible to get them to take all those unexpected moments you come across daily. Agree?
After deciding to do the picture-taking by ourselves, we did our research on the internet and learned some essential camera and photography techniques. We started practicing way before our son was born. And, guess what, by the time our baby was born, we picked up so much and did come up with pretty pictures at home, to cherish forever. So, we are going to share the tips and tricks which helped us to take beautiful pictures at home for your children. If we did, we are sure you can as well.
Disclaimer: If you are expecting the outcome to resemble a highly edited professional sort of photo, you will be disappointed. But, if you want the daily pictures you click to look better, these tips can be helpful.
Tips to Get Professional Looking Newborn Photos at Home
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Smartphones/iPhones these days have great camera features like portrait mode, which can capture amazing photos. If you have a DSLR camera, even better. We use an iPhone 8 plus and a Nikon D7500 camera.
For the newborn photo shoot and monthly/theme-based pictures, we have used the DSLR. For improvisational daily photos, we end up clicking on phones. I
We tried to keep the camera always near us to capture those unexpected moments. But, most of the time, we faced issues with lighting, and by the time we try to adjust the camera settings, it would be too late. Also, if you have a DSLR, we would suggest investing in a prime lens, which can help to get beautiful portraits with gorgeous bokeh in the background. We use Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens.
The prime factor in getting amazing photos! Good lighting can give a whole different look to the photo. We would recommend using natural light while taking baby photos, as artificial lights can be very harsh on the baby. It makes the room too hot, and we don’t want that when there is a baby in the room.
Find a place in the house where the lighting is best; for instance, a large window that brings in good sunlight. We are sure you guys are familiar with the terms sun-kissed and the golden hour. Nothing like good bright beautiful sunlight! If needed, you can get a reflector to redirect the light.
This 5-in reflector on amazon is a great choice. If you are using a DSLR, we would suggest using aperture mode to get good photos. In worst-case scenarios, you can go for the click and adjust the light later in any editing app of your choice.
The background is an area where you can explore your creativity. For the newborn shoot, we would suggest using soft-colored backgrounds like a plain white wall to fur blankets or muslin clothes that are comfortable for the baby as well.
For monthly photo shoots, you can a variety of backdrops from blankets, and bedspreads, to gift wrappers, preferably something that matches the clothes the baby wore. We bought a set of reversible gift wrappers, which made great backgrounds for many photos.
There are so many amazing props that you can buy online, which include quirky costumes, fun toys, decorative lights, and many more. If you don’t want to spend a lot on buying props, go for simpler things like these balloons, which we have used a lot in our pictures.
Such a simple but fun idea. We had a lot of fun taking these pictures. Another approach is to use cute baby onesies with fun/quirky phrases on them.
When it comes to a newborn photo shoot, none of the above factors matter if the baby is not happy and comfortable. You know what can make a baby happy. Don’t you, Mamma? Make sure the tummy is full, and the baby is ready for a good sleep.
Switch on the white noise on the machine or an app on your phone. It is easier to conduct the photo shoot within the first 15 days since birth as they sleep most of the time, and there is a very confined movement.
In the case of daily pictures, we would say click whenever and whatever you want. Capture all those moments, whether happy or not. Certainly, they will all be beautiful moments once you look back later.
It is good to have some editing skills handy to adjust the lighting and framing of pictures you took in a hurry.
You can use Snapseed and Lightroom to edit photos on your phone. They are very easy to use and even have some presets to make things easier.
You don’t need to do much editing as the photo loses its naturality in the process. If you need to try those filters to make it look better, please do. You are the one to decide how your baby’s photos need to look. Isn’t it?
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and start clicking! Capture every tiny detail. They do grow up so fast!
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