You have probably thanked the people who made digital cameras while you tried to click away each and every movement of your tiny little bundle of joy. But as far as babies are concerned it’s not always WYSIWYG when you take a photo. Babies move fast, one minute they are looking at you with their innocent eyes, the next minute he is examining a piece of paper like that’s the worlds most wonderful object.
So how to take a picture of your baby that’s fit enough to make all who look at it coo and awe? Well here are a few tips and tricks that have worked for me.
First always keep the camera handy, but not too handy that it’s within the reach of your baby. Make sure the battery is full and the memory is not. The last thing you want is a low battery or a filled up card.Â
Each baby is different, so unless you find it irresistible use your own imagination for baby poses rather than go with repeated ones like the tie and diaper one or the bundled with a ribbon sort of poses. Your baby is the most beautiful model out there and he will display his own signature poses, just click them, it will be much more natural and your baby will be much more comfortable in his own poses than the ones you force him to sit. These will be unique, and will also save you the hastle of making your baby do what you want.
Be natural and be creative, you know when your baby is happy, use the most of that time to take shots for your baby brag book. My baby is generally in a good mood after each feeding. He is also happy outdoors. So I take most of his shots when taking him out just after a meal.Â
Include baby’s favorite toy, his blanky, and things that your baby likes at each stage. This will be fond to look at and remember when your son is packing off to college. Also put yourself into his shoes and think what photos of you, you had wished your parents had taken as well as not taken. If by any chance you feel that this scene may embarrass your baby as he grows, then don’t push the button and make a memory of it.
Try including a calendar in the background, or any time specific object right onto the scene so that futuristically you can relate as to when and why a particular picture was taken. Do not include pets if you are taking the picture all by yourself, baby and camera are enough to fill your hands let alone another living thing that can’t understand what you say.
Objects in an photo appear smaller than they actually are. Babies are already small. So be sure that the baby covers at least 3/4th of the frame in a portrait and 2/5th of a frame if part of a scene.Focus on the expression of your baby. It’s ok if you don’t get him fully into the frame if you are capturing the “My world is full of wonders” look of his eyes. But don’t go too up close that you get only his eyes. If possible use a zoom lens. Zooming in from a longer distance will not attract the attention of the baby as much as being close to him.
Always take into consideration the comfort level of your baby. If he feels at home, you got a good one, if he is uncomfortable, no matter what you do, it’s definite you won’t get a good output. Avoid using flash, instead light up the surrounding. Flash may catch the attention of your baby more than that’s necessary and before you know he will be wanting to hold the camera.
Have a lookout for unwanted objects around your model. You may have placed the baby next to a really cute plant but not have noticed the thorns on the plant, believe me when I say that the thorn is what your baby wants to explore first. Be aware of the temperature of the floor when you set him on, it may be too cold and we may not be aware. Look around where you are setting your baby for objects that could fall, could catch his eye or the ones that you don’t want him to have. Take into account the sanity of the place too and not the beauty alone.
Under most situations one shot will be all you are able to get before he gets upset. So reserve your first shot to the best scene. As a rule take all photos widthwise since baby’s don’t stand tall height wise is barely necessary. It is difficult to make babies look at the camera, try hanging something attractive as well as noisy to make babies look into the camera.
Always trust yourself to take good photos of your baby. The portrait studios and professional photographers are not for the baby. A baby’s natural instincts can be captured only by the mother or father. For your baby anyone other than you with the camera is a papparazi. So he will shy away.Â
Happy photos with your baby. Hopefully with tremendous patience, extraordinary effort, and unrelenting perseverance you will certainly capture that magical smile, the smile that makes you laugh and cry will at last be now ready for being preserved for ever.