Let’s face it: taking a cute baby photo is foolproof — at least it should be with a model as tiny and as wide-eyed as your little one. But any new parent quickly learns that capturing that perfect shot can be a feat, unless the cherub is sleeping. Babies have minds (and sudden movements) of their own and have no appreciation (ok, understanding) for your need to make them standout from the crowd on Facebook and Flickr.
Since we’ve talked about baby photos a bunch on Babble, we decided to round up our favorite tips for you, like using a prop such as this adorable, crocheted tail to the left. After the jump, find out what you need to know when hiring a photographer, how to get infants to cooperate, ideas for creating a sentimental series, and more. — Jillian Capewell
Keep it simple 1 of 10
Take advantage of down time 2 of 10You may feel completely overwhelmed in the first few weeks with a newborn — but the fact that they zonk out pretty hard during those naps gives you a little time to create some of the adorable photos seen here. One mom even got a book deal from her naptime boredom!
Find more creative baby poses
Photo credit: Marianne Taylor Photography
Learn from someone whos been there 3 of 10Ever wonder how a screaming, pooping baby suddenly looks like the height of calm and serenity once a newborn photographer steps on the scene? It isn't magic — it's all about preparing the baby's photoshoot environment. Apparently heat and food can make a huge difference!
Get a photographer's tips and tricks for a newborn photo shoot
Photo credit: Arden Prucha
Hire a photographer … but be careful 4 of 10If you'd rather have someone else snap away to get that perfect, precious shot of your baby, go ahead — but make sure you have a clear idea of the type of photo you want (posed or candid? With props or without?) and the amount of money you can spend before diving in.
Read more about hiring a photographer
Photo source: Earth Mama Photography
Do a series 5 of 10
Start while you’re pregnant 6 of 10
Add some style 7 of 10
Use props 8 of 10
Make baby the prop 9 of 10
Use an unconventional frame 10 of 10
Find more tips on taking baby photos from a professional photographer
Photo credit: Karen Swimmer