I don’t have any kids myself, but I have nieces and nephews and one thing I know is that they love hamming it up for the camera. Aside from the fact that I enjoy my photography hobby, I would never go to a family outing without my camera or those children would be seriously deprived and ultimately disappointed. Even the littlest of babies seem to know that there is something fun and magical when my camera arrives.
And, while I would not say I am an expert, I would certainly state that I have plenty of experience with taking a child’s photo. So, here are my favorite tips for shooting the cutest baby pics around.
#1 – Work the Camera:
With babies, you need to get down to them. But not just on the same level, but right into the thick of things. Lie on your side, get on your knees, twist your arms … do whatever you need to do to take that best shot. Wiggle around and position your body so that you add to their funniness. Capture and seize the moment.
#2 – Watch for Telltale Signs:
If you know the baby well, you may have already noticed “certain habits” that you find adorable. If you know when they are going to happen, you can be ready to aim. Likewise, if you know the child is getting up from a nap shortly, be close by, so that the instant the baby arouses or tries to stand up, you’ll be there. The little one’s first step might be trying to get up in the crib after waking.
#3 – Close and Personal:
Highlight the details. Their tiny toes and fingers make wonderful photos. The twitching nose, a new sweet tooth or a little smile are joys to see. In fact, take pics of everything the body is doing and you can get one of those short, wide frames with several spots for pics. It will make a beautiful piece of artwork for the parents.
#4 – Use a Plain Backdrop:
Because babies are so small and maybe not walking yet, the clutter of the house becomes even more intensified than with adults or a group of people. To take professional photos of your baby, use your own backdrops and foregrounds.
For example, lay the baby on a simple one-colored blanket or sheet. Don’t position the bedding just under the baby. Make it wider so that if you accidentally take your shot too wide, the rest of the carpet or flooring is not showing. You will have enough space with the bedding to crop out any bad areas from the sides. For newborns, the foreground can be a lovely blanket that the baby received at the shower.
Try taking the photo so that the baby is not a blob on the floor, but from the angle of seeing the whole baby and not the surroundings.
#5 – Comfort is Crucial:
A fussy baby is not going to be a good subject. Several things come to mind here. First, don’t force the camera on the child. If your subject is visibly scared or upset, put the camera down. Second, make sure the baby has eaten and is content. Third, a clean diaper will go a long way to avoiding a cry-fit meltdown.
I have a feeling there are many of you out there that have become experts at photographing your babies. Why not send us your tips, so that we can all see how easy it is to make adorable pics.
PS – My girlfriend helped me write this article. It is a little mushier than normal for me!
Anne Geddes is world famous for her awesome pics of babies inside flowers. Here’s an interview with her where she discusses her 19 best tips. This is worth the read.!
Anne Geddes Interview
Watch Anne in action with her wonderful subjects…