Five Tips For A Newborn Photography
Dec 02, 2022
When a newborn is welcomed into the family, most parents are quick to take photos of their little bundle of joy. However, if you want to have good photos that’ll stand the test of time, it’s good to know a few things about newborn photography. Because let’s be honest, most of the photos that you take on your smartphone aren’t as good as they can be.
Years or even decades from now, you want to show your children old photos that have atmosphere, power, and quality. So, in this blog, we’re going to discuss five tips to take amazing newborn photos. Hopefully, these simple tips will help you create images that are timeless and frame worthy.
Use natural light
One of the biggest variables in photography is lighting. Get the lighting right and your photos will improve significantly.
When it comes to newborn photography, natural light is a must. There are two main reasons for this. Number one, natural light is usually diffused and isn’t as strong or as direct as artificial light. This diffusion softens the shadows and creates a calming and relaxing effect.
Secondly, natural light has beautiful subtle hues. Sometimes the ambient light from the sky has a soft bluish colour. On the other hand, at dusk or dawn, the sun gives off this beautiful warm, saturated orange.
This effect is something that you can’t achieve with bright white artificial lights. Even if you have coloured LEDs, it will be hard to replicate the softness and subtlety of natural sunlight.
Gather some props
To add some visual interest, you should also gather a few props for the photoshoot. It’s important not to go overboard as too many props will clutter the image and make the photo look too busy. Two to three props should be enough for the shoot.
It’s also important to consider the size of these props. You obviously want the newborn to be the central focus in the photo and so it’s best to keep props on the smaller side.
Common items might include beanies, blankets, and plush toys. You may even have decorative items like flowers, baskets and maybe pieces of fluffy cotton.
Composition can help you tell a story. It can help you emphasise certain parts of the photo and achieve the feel and atmosphere that you’re going for.
One of the simplest concepts that you can learn right away is the rule of thirds. This is when you divide the picture frame in equal thirds horizontally and vertically with straight lines (some cameras do this for you). The aim is to keep your central focus (your newborn, the horizon, etc.) on the parts in which these lines intersect. This will provide your photo with interesting asymmetry without being too unbalanced.
Of course, you can also use the timeless symmetrical set-up where the main focus of the photo is at the centre of the frame. This type of composition can be really powerful, but it can also become boring if there’s not enough variety in other aspects of the photo. So, if you’re going for a symmetrical composition, try to variety it up in terms of shapes, colors and textures.
Use muted colours in background or props
Colours are extremely important in creating the atmosphere that you want. For newborn photos, it’s best to create a calm and relaxing feeling.
You can do this by avoiding bright, saturated colours and sticking with muted, pastel hues. Various earth tones can also work if you want to bring a natural feel to the photo.
If you want to keep things simple, you can even stick with just various shades of white to really emphasise that sense of purity.
Hire a professional photographer
Lastly, don’t hesitate to hire a professional photographer if you really want to get great photos taken of your newborn.
An experienced photographer will understand how to achieve the exact look that you want. They will have a sophisticated understanding of composition, contrast, saturation, exposure and all the little variables that make a photo beautiful.
In addition, specialised newborn photographers will know how to get your baby to cooperate. They will help you get beautiful photos of your baby laughing, smiling or curiously looking into the lens.
If you feel like newborn photography is a little too overwhelming, it’s always great to get the help of a trained professional.
Those were just five tips on how to get the best photos of your newborn child. Whether you’re using a smart phone or a DSLR camera, these tips should help.
As parents will tell you, these fun little days with your newborn won’t last very long. Before you know it, your child will be leaving home for their first day of school. As a result, it’s good to cherish and capture these moments through the beautiful art of photography.