So you have just brought your gorgeous little new-born home and like all moms, you cannot wait to capture your little one, here are a few tips to help you along the way:
Remember you have just had a baby so you will want to pace yourself, take a few days to rest once you arrive home and don’t rush straight into it.
The best time to photography your newborn is between 5-10 days old. I have found that newborns tend to go through a growth spurt around 10 days and then all they will want to do is feed. I would suggest pushing it up to 15 days old but after this time they tend to stretch out more and you will find that they prefer not being curled up in cute positions
Use natural light
Turn off your camera flash. Unnatural light can be unflattering. Position your baby near a window with the top of their head facing the window so the light flows from their head to their toes.
Safety and comfort
This goes without saying, yes I know that this is a priority for a mom, but when you have your head behind the camera, you are taking your eyes off your baby, therefore always have a spotter (have your husband or granny close by to keep an eye on your little one). I always have a parent assisting me hands-on in the studio if an assistant is unavailable.
Ensure that the room is heated, this is very important if you decide to shoot your little one in their birthday suit.
My motto is “If I am not sweating, they are not warm”.
New-borns always sleep straight after a feed, this is a great time to photograph as they will be comfortable and warm.
Stick to the simple poses like baby on their side or back. When photographing them on their tummy ensure that you position their arm under their head so avoid them sinking into the blanket and losing their face
Babies always look cute when posed in a prop, remember to have a spotter watching your baby while you take the pics.
Use your wedding rings as props and put it on their little toes, capture their eyelashes, little nose, rosy lips, tiny fingers wrapped around you little finger - these are all things that you will not want to forget as your baby grows.