These days, it seems as if all babies are born natural models. After a couple has a baby, it's not too long before they post a picture of their baby in the cutest of positions online or have it framed in their house. Newborn Photography has become a hit! For those with limitless budgets, you can get some of the best photographers in town to take pictures of your baby and frankly, all you have to go is give them a fed baby and the rest is taken care of.
However, if you don't want to spend much money, you can still have very beautiful pictures of your newborn that you can cherish for years to come. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Pose your newborn giving them a natural look. Seems counterproductive, doesn't it? Well, newborns don't have much support of their limbs so placing them such that they don't flail about helps. Also, most newborns burrow their heads on whatever you lay them on and you want to be able to see their face in the picture. Lastly, newborn's legs tend to be long and skinny so it's best if you tuck their legs under them.
2. Don't rush the process. Taking pictures of Newborns needs a great number of patients. As soon as you carefully put them in one pose, they might just decide to stretch and undo all your hard work. Take heart and try again. There are techniques you can use to soothe the child such as gently stroking their back to relax them or lightly running your finger down the bridge of their nose to make them fully shut their eyes.
3. Make sure they have fed before the Photography session. Plan such that photos are taken immediately after they have fed and burped and are drifting off to sleep. Newborn pictures taken when the baby is asleep have some serenity that cannot be replicated elsewhere. Remove the baby's clothes after they have fed and cover her with a blanket as you coddle her in your arms. Once she is asleep, gently place her on a surface and put her in position.
4. Set the 'stage' beforehand. Whether you are going for a manger-like shoot or a princess shoot, you should plan this beforehand. Put everything in place so that the only piece of the puzzle left is the baby. Put all your props within reach, especially if you need to change them during the shoot. This may include tiaras, bows, shawls, tutus… whatever the case, have them ready.
5. Make sure your baby is not unwell during the shoot and has not just recently had her vaccination jabs. These may make her irritable and cause the photo shoot to be a fail.
6. It goes without saying that you should try and have good equipment for the shoot. Novice photography skills can at times be compensated by the use of a good camera with a high-quality lens.