*Check out my post here for how I did the set up for these photos*
Newborn photography is tough. Whether you’re a professional or a newbie it’s tough.
It’s especially tough if you have no idea what you are doing, like how I was.
In the past I have worked with baby and toddler photography, but never specifically newborn.
Now, you’re probably thinking, baby and newborn same thing
Every baby at each month is different from the last. Just on natural growth and milestones of the baby’s first year, it goes the same for photography.
There are several things I wish I had known or done differently so now I wish to pass off this knowledge to you in hopes you have an easier time taking your newborns photos then I did with mine.
- Know your camera! This was probably my biggest and most regretful mistake. I ended up shooting in auto because I could not figure out my settings properly. The photos still turned out well, but they needed a lot more post editing. If you’re unfamiliar with shooting in manual you can still get some good shots in auto. However, if you want to really delve into photography to continue to take great pictures of your child I suggest doing some research on how all the settings work.
- Make sure the room is warm. No one wants to take pictures cold, especially a cranky newborn. I’ve seen professionals bring in space heaters. I just cranked the heat but it wasn’t very cold outside that day either.
- Have everything ready before you start. Make sure to have an outfit, props, change of outfit and diaper (in case it’s needed), pacifier, and of course camera all ready to go before even laying the baby down. Also, remember to have a backup camera battery as well just in case.
- KISS. Keep it simple and sweet. You don’t want to have all these props and outfits you want to use. Choose your favorites. Some outfits and ideas can come later on in photos when your baby is older. You want to keep the baby as calm as possible and I’ve seen very few newborns who didn’t mind changing their outfits.
- Take a couple of test shots. Set up a toy or some small object and take a couple of photos just to make sure your lighting is good and settings on the camera are correct.
- Baby needs to be feed and have a clean diaper. Before you start also make sure your baby doesn’t need a diaper change or has been feed recently. I know seems like basic mom things to know but when you’re sleep deprived you need all the reminders you can get. 😉
- Have help. If you have a grandparent, spouse or even friend there to help with the little things it’ll make the world of difference. All hands on deck when you have a newborn.
- Capture your favorite poses first. When planning out your photos look up some *easy* posing ideas. I knew for Hailey I wanted a shot of her from above with her initial, on her side with the pearls one, also some up close shots as well. I took all of those pictures first and then added a few more things afterward.
- It’s okay to stop! I think a lot of people forget that it’s better to stop and try again another day then to force the photos. If the baby is crying really bad don’t try and keep going. Stop, calm down your little one, and try again the next day. Trust me it’s worth the sanity. Later on, take a look at the pictures you did get to see if you even need more or not. There have been several times I thought I didn’t capture anything good of Hailey and in reality, when I looked later I captured a lot, and there was no need to take more.
When all the photos are all done make sure to use an editing program you’re familiar with. There are a lot of free programs out there like PicMonkey (which I suggest for newbies) and of course Lightroom and Photoshop.
I edited mine in Lightroom with a preset filter already set. I’m still learning the ins and outs of Lightroom so I splurged and bought a bundle of presets and I love them! You can find the same bundle here.
Do you have any extra tips and tricks for newborn photography?! Share in the comments!
Until next time loves,