Taking Pictures of your Newborn

ID-100142302Anyone how has ever tried to take pictures of a newborn knows that it’s like finding a needle in a haystack – you will undoubtedly take more than 20 shots to get the one you love for your birthing announcements – or a couple good enough to share with friends and family!

When my daughter was just 3 months old, I asked a local photographer to come and help me with this task – he walked in with a van-load of props, lighting gear, backdrops and so much stuff I was immediately impressed (to say nothing of intimidated!). And while the pictures were cute, they were nothing special to warrant the production or the cost to me.

Fast forward just 10 years and we now have not just great technology at our fingertips (I am in love with my Samsung Galaxy Camera) but we also now have the ability to learn step-by-step how to capture that perfect set of shots with CreativeLive.com . As a technology fanatic – the ability to learn online is one of the great opportunities we can all now embrace for that special skill we always hoped to acquire.

And so with Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to think about how to capture your family’s memories! And luckily we have some help in  Kelly Brown, a renowned photography expert from Australia who won the 2012 AIPP Creative Photographer of the Year award has timely tips and tricks some of which include:

 Newborn Photography Tips

·       Make sure the room is warm. I set my studio thermometer to 84 degrees fahrenheit, but keep an eye on the baby to make sure they don’t get too warm, as newborns can’t regulate their own body temperature.

·       Make sure the baby is well fed, so they don’t become fussy or distracted during the session.

·       Play white noise.

·       Have firm structural support for the baby — such as a firm bean bag or basket — when it’s settled into a pose.

·       Always have a spotter nearby (a parent serves as the perfect spotter).

Newborn Photography 5 Best Props

·       Baskets — Any type of woven basket (that is sturdy enough!) is great to put babies in. The rustic texture looks great in photos.

·       Wooden Crates — I like crates because of their vintage look, and babies look great either in or on top of them.

·       Buckets — I like to put babies upright in buckets. I tend to go for a more rustic look and line them with different colored fabrics.

·       Metal tubs — Large metal tubs are great for photographing two or more babies, as they are nice and sturdy and look great lined with beautiful soft blankets and fabrics.

·       Wooden bowls — I love anything wooden, and, again, layering a mix of textured fabrics in natural tones in a wooden bowl looks amazing.

So if you’re interested in collecting some of the most precious memories of your child’s life, join Kelly at creativeLIVE, for a free, 3-day online class covering newborn photography tips and advice on May 9th . AND if you have some of your own tips, share them with us here…

Monica Vila is TheOnlineMom -a community devoted to promoting a healthy understanding and appreciation for the positive role technology can play in a child’s life. She’s constantly chatting on Facebook here or on Twitter @TheOnlineMom where you are more than welcome to join the conversation.

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