Professional baby photography can best preserve your baby's ever-changing looks. But between your scheduled Watch Me Grow photo shoots, taking clear snapshots of your baby, can help you remember little special moments in your baby's life and help relatives who live far away feel closer to your baby. Try these tips for taking better baby photos.
Babies do funny, unpredictable things. By keeping your camera or cell phone charged and handy, you can take snapshots of the weird wake-up expressions or silly spaghetti bowl hat. Oftentimes, the most beloved photos are completely goofy.
SELECT A GOOD TIME OF DAY.
Plan your home photo shoot when your baby is well rested, fed, clean and burped so you have a better chance of getting grins.
GET BABY HAPPY.
Taking photos while baby is playing and not posing can better capture his personality and more readily elicit smiles. But don't delete photos with a serious expression or even a cute crying fit, especially if you can see why she's solemn or fussy, such as your toddler sitting in the corner or your tot looking down at an ice cream scoop dropped on the sidewalk. Photos like these will evoke memories later.
USE THE RIGHT ANGLE.
Get down at eye level with your baby. Many amateur photographers shoot downward at their babies instead of eye to eye. You can shoot creative photos with adult perspective to demonstrate how small your little one is, but eye-level photos are better for baby portraits and most everyday photos.
CHOOSE GOOD LIGHTING.
Natural, indirect lighting reduces shadows, glare and squinting. Choose a well-lit room on a sunny day, or go outdoors before 10 or after three. You can replicate that effect by using an open umbrella to block direct indoor lighting. Professional baby photographers may use light creatively, but that's tricky for amateur photographers.
Let those wiggly little hands clutch a favorite toy or blanket. As a bonus, you'll remember how dear Mr. Whiskers was to your baby at that age.
INVOLVE A BABY WRANGLER.
It really helps to have someone engaging the baby over your shoulder to get him to look your way or helping your busy toddler stay put for a moment or two.
CHECK THE FRAME.
Look for any unappealing elements in the viewfinder, such as your daughter's diaper peeking out from under her diaper cover, or a pile of dirty dishes on the countertop behind her. While spontaneous shots aren't "required" to be perfect, if you're planning a photo, put in a little effort to get clear images.
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