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5 safe and easy ways to photograph your baby

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Last week, I shared some tips on how to capture beautiful photos of your newborn. 

Let’s go one step further and talk about my favorite newborn poses! The goal is to capture photos that are beautiful, simple, and worthy of an announcement. 

Shoot straight down at baby

I typically achieve this set up at a client's home by laying baby on a beanbag with a pretty blanket over it, or on a soft, padded blanket on the floor. You'll want to be near a window with baby's feet towards the window. Stand directly over baby and shoot straight down. This is a very simple set up … but it produces some of my all-time favorite images! 

A word of caution: PLEASE use the neck strap of your DSLR so that you can't possibly drop the camera on baby.

Photograph baby at eye level

Lie sleeping baby safely on a bed or sofa near a window. Next, gently coax her to roll her head so she's facing the window. You will be crouched down, directly in front of her and shooting straight into her face. It's also possible to lay baby on a blanket on the floor and then lay on your stomach.  Additionally, this type of shot works nicely with baby lying in Dad's hands. Keep the background free of any clutter.

Go outside with baby

This won't work if it's cold. But if it's hot, baby will thank you. I've often found that hot and humid days work wonders to conk out a little one! All you need for outdoor photos is a very sleepy baby and a basket or bed to lay him in. Then look for an area with tall grass, or flowers and place baby there. Depending on the position of the baby, you may have to crouch down low in order to capture an image that really shows off his face.

Lay baby on you or your husband

Face a window, and lay baby up against your chest or on your husband's chest. Relax. Snap. These will probably end up being your photo images ever : ) I've found that the simple clothes work best as there's nothing competing with baby.

Take sibling photos

If siblings are older, have them lay down on a bed or the floor your newborn. Have them lay so their forehead rests against the baby's forehead and snap the photo from above. For little ones who don't take direction too well, bring out a book and ask them to lie down and read the book to the baby (or pretend to read if they're really little!). This can buy you a few super precious moments of shooting : )

These aren't the fanciest newborn photos … but they're timeless. And they’re simple to take. 

If you try and aren't happy with the results ... try again! Lighting changes every day … as do moods. So a new day just may result in a successful photo shoot.

Happy (and safe) shooting!


Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography.  Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. Visit her photography blog.

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