In the last two weeks, two of my very good friends have had babies.
I was fortunate enough to get to capture their newborn photos when they were less than a week old.
Before heading to the shoots, I had to compile a little research so I’d get the best results!
How To Take Good Newborn Photos
- Keep the Baby Warm - The womb is very noisy so having white noise where you shoot may help keep the baby asleep.
- Full Baby Equals a Happy Baby - Have mom nurse the baby right before the shoot, or even as soon as you arrive.
- Keep Them Awake Before the Shoot – Ask parents to keep the baby awake for 1 to 2 hours before the shoot so their sure to be sleepy when you need them to be.
- Get Them Young - It’s best to shoot babies before 14 days old.
- Focus on the Angles
- Get Down Low - one key to many natural baby shots is to get down on their level.
- Close Ups – another way to improve the angles and make your shots seem more intimate is to get in close by either physically moving in or by using a longer focal lengths.
- Take Your Time - Newborn shoots can be very time consuming so plan on at least two or three hours.
- Stay Calm and Relaxed - Babies can pick up on your energy, so make sure not to be anxious or nervous. Have fun!
I was really happy with how the pictures turned out!
What are your best tips?