Hey Loves! Thanks for stopping by. Today we’ll go over the best tips to have the best baby photo shoot with your newborn, toddler or even your older children.
Posed vs Lifestyle: Choose what is best for your baby photo shoot
There are different styles of newborn photography and most parents choose either posed/studio or lifestyle. Both styles are great for different reasons. However, it is important to make sure you understand the differences and choose the best one for your desired outcome.
Keep in mind that Posed/studio sessions are typically done within the first 2 weeks of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “moldable”. The main focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands. Expect sessions to last up to 4 hours with feeding, change breaks, and posing.
With lifestyle sessions, the parents or siblings are usually included in the shots. This method uses a more casual approach to newborn photography. There will be some newborn posing but the intention is to capture more natural images of the baby with the family. These sessions can be done up to 6 – 8 weeks old and usually last 2 hours. What’s great about lifestyle newborn photography is capturing the wonder and bond between the family members. Newborns are amazing but so is the love in the air. Memories of this time-frame often pas by quick and become fuzzy for new parents and why I feel these types of shoots are super important.
Newborns are amazing, but so is the Love between family.
Whether you’re taking your baby’s photos at home or going to a professional, you’ll need a few things to help make your photo session go smoothly. It’s easy to forget things when you’re a new mommy or even an experienced one! To make your life a little easier, I’ve made a checklist for you to take along! Be sure to pack the night before and use our checklist so you don’t forget anything.
My baby photo prep includes the following:
- Camera and backup camera
- Formatted memory cards
- Your favorite baby’s toys
- Newborn posing beanbag
- Backdrop stand and it comes with clamps
- A Boppy pillow (for posing)
- Waterproof pads (to catch messes)
- a change of clothes for me (in case of a mess)
- Props (crates or baskets)
- Big blankets for backgrounds
- Neutral color swaddle blankets
- Space heater (so baby doesn’t get cold)
- Step stool
- Soft Classical Music
Be in the moment
Relax. Let your cute babe move naturally, yawn, and stretch across. Babies have wonderful and sweet movements that you will capture so don’t worry about having the perfect pose every time. Tip: when you are posing your baby, open up their fists. Relaxed hands are best and will add a more peaceful and natural feel to the final image.
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Be mindful of your aperture.
Keep in mind with newborn photography many of the baby poses can have extreme deep angles. Often times you will have the best shots with your depth of field and sharpness by shooting around f/2 & f/2.2. It will be rare that the baby’s eyes are on the same focus all the time; by closing down the camera aperture a bit from wide open you can get a little extra of depth of field that is often needed.
Props: Keep it simple
Swaddle blankets, headbands and toys are great to make your newborn photos pop with creativity. However, keep in mind you don’t want to over do it with too many props as this can cause a little anxiety in deciding which ones to use when the photo session begins. Have a 1-3 prop ideas ready, but simple is always best. Your baby photography will look more clean and soft with less clutter and more focus on your adorable baby. Inspiration usually comes naturally, so focus on the natural elements of your environment.
The best shots often come from open minds and natural moments
I hope you found these tips helpful let us know if you will try any of these tips soon. Please comment below and let everyone know what tips you liked best! Be sure to Instagram me a photo with your bundle of joy because we would love to see how your baby photo session went . Sharing is caring! Join our ELLO HOME Family and start creating beautiful memories today!
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