The arrival of a newborn is an exciting and memorable time for new parents. We all know how fast time flies – especially with babies. From frequent diaper changes to night time feeds, life with a newborn can quickly become very busy.
Capturing your newborn’s first weeks of life in pictures is a great way to immortalize this unique and precious event. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating your little one’s first birthday. Then, baby suddenly will be all grown up and ready to take on the world!
Luckily for us, we now have unfettered access to high-quality cameras and effortless data sharing and storage. A few clicks and basic photography knowledge is all you need to create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
Newborn photography is a big trend amongst new parents, especially in the era of social media. If you’re thinking of planning a photo shoot with your babe, here are some ideas to help you throughout the creative process.
1: Capture Your Baby’s First Moments
Whether your planning a hospital or home birth, meeting your baby for the first time is a highly anticipated and emotional event. Capturing your baby’s first moments is a beautiful way to honour this important milestone.
Consider investing in a high-quality camera for the big day. You can also borrow a camera from a friend or rent one at your local photography store.
Although some parents choose to hire a birth photographer, this isn’t the only option that is available to you. You can also ask a nurse or family member to take a picture of your newborn along with your partner.
In terms of style, aim for a natural setting. Organic photos always age better than staged ones – especially black and white photos. Mom holding the baby, while the partner is gazing down at them by the bedside is a timeless yet powerful example. Opt for settings that focus the attention on the baby, such as when he or she is first placed on the mother’s chest for skin-to-skin contact.
2: Welcome Home!
Coming home with baby after a hospital delivery is a momentous occasion. Your new life officially begins! This is also an excellent newborn photography opportunity. The exact scene you want to capture is up to you.
We recommend scenes such as coming through the door with baby, while the photographer takes the pictures from the inside. Other great options are scenes in front of your house or doorstep.
As time passes, your child will grow old enough to look back on the day they came home for the first time and appreciate the immortalized moment. You won’t regret capturing this milestone and talking to your child about his or hers first days at home.
3: A Lifelong Love Begins
The first weeks and months after the birth of your baby are special. These are the first moments of the rest of your lives together.
Although it may seem like an eternity (especially for sleep-deprived new parents!), someday your baby will enter adulthood and you will look back at that time with great fondness. Pictures of the beginning of your relationship are invaluable moments that are surprisingly easy to capture.
Scenes of everyday life include baby on your chest or in your arms. You can also take pictures of your little one sleeping or even bottle or breastfeeding. Bath scenes are another great example. You don’t need props to immortalize your child’s first months – beauty is everywhere when a baby is involved!
4: Brothers & Sisters
Newborn photography also includes scenes with older siblings. Capturing moments of baby interacting with big brother or sister is a beautiful way to honour their new and lasting relationship.
Again, natural scenes are preferable and will age better than staged. Pictures in high-quality resolution not only look better, but can also be used for birth announcement cards for friends and family.
Whenever possible, take pictures of milestone moments such as the older sibling meeting baby for the first time. Other examples include your older child holding your newborn or giving him or her a bottle.
5: Introduce Baby to Your Hobbies & Interests
Set your photos apart from others by including some personality. As a parent, you have unique interests and hobbies. We strongly recommend capturing some of these pastimes with your baby.
If you are a musician, you can capture moments of you playing music to your baby. Who knows… maybe you have a future rock star on your hands! If you’re into horseback riding, scenes of baby meeting a pony make cute photos as well.
Regardless of your hobbies, pictures of you introducing them to your baby are invaluable and are a great conversation piece for years to come.
Bonus: DIY Profession Newborn Photography
Performing a quick search for professional newborn photography will reveal that many back-drop settings are extremely bright or dark. This technique is meant to increase contrast and allow your baby’s skin tone to stand out.
A nice, soft, light or dark blanket you can place baby on will help recreate that professional look. Natural lighting produces the best photos, so try to use a bright, sunlit location for your photo shoot.
Don’t forget to use a high-quality camera to ensure your pictures have the highest resolution possible. If you’re not prepared to invest in an expensive camera, you can always borrow one from a friend, family member or rent one from a photography shop.
With these helpful tips in mind, you’ll be creating professional-grade photos of your baby in no time!