You’re a new mom and you want great photos of your newborn, right? My best advice for getting good photos of your newborn is to hire a professional photographer Newborn moments are fleeting and precious and in my humble opinion the best way to preserve those moments is by hiring a professional photographer to take beautiful photos.
Now, I’ll get off my photographer soap box and suggest some tips to help new parents better document their newborn.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the key to a flattering and interesting photograph is a good perspective. Newborns are hard because they’re very fragile – two safe and flattering angles to shoot newborns from are a “birds-eye view” and from the side while baby lays on their back.
2. Eliminate Distractions
This is key. When I shoot newborns I like to keep it as simple as possible. Clutter and chaos in the background is fine for snap shots but if you are want images that you can frame or display, its best to have the background as clean and simple as possible. The best way I’ve found to achieve this is by shooting on a simple/neutral blanket. Many newborn photographers shoot on a beanbag (I do!) but for everyday shots a blanket spread out on a bed should work just fine!
Also, it is important to eliminate distractions in what your baby is wearing as well. I like to shoot babies in their birthday suit or swaddled simply in a neutral blanket or wrap. When the baby is dressed or wrapped simply the focus is on the baby and not what the baby is wearing.
3. Keep it warm
Your newborn has been cuddled up snug and warm inside of their mama’s belly for 9+ months, so it goes without saying that they are most at ease when they are warm and secure. If you want to get some sweet shots of your little one in their birthday suite or just a diaper cover, I suggest cranking the heat up a bit so that they are warm and comfortable.
4. Keep in natural
Unless you are an experienced newborn photographer, I suggest your keep your posing natural and photograph baby as they are. Many of the poses you see professional photographers achieve have taken a lot of training and experience to perfect. Also, as we discussed last week, many of the poses are actually composites and cannot be achieved without the help of Photoshop.