"Natural sunlight will often give
you enough light so your picture
isn't too dark or too bright".
When my daughter Layla was born I had a hard time putting the camera down. And apparently I wasn't the only one. The cashier at the photo developing shop told me that new parents comprised a fairly sizable chunk of their business.
We can't help it!
Babies are such beautiful creatures that you want to capture every new movement and every fleeting smile that comes along.
(Even if that smile is attached to a smelly gas bubble!) However the problem many parents have is that their lack of good photography skills can translate into pictures that are too dark, too bright, blurry, out of focus, uncentered, and so on. Perhaps this describes you.
If so, don't sweat it. These problems are easily fixable. An album full of mishaps can quickly be transformed by following these 4 tips...
1) When taking pictures of babies lying on their backs, stand directly over them and shoot straight down.
I used to take a solid color baby blanket and place it on the floor in a bright, sun filled room. When I was ready to take a picture I would put Layla on the blanket, and adjust it around her, making sure not to put her directly in the sunlight. Then I'd
get on my knees right over her, aim straight down and snap away.
This technique will allow you to center the camera properly and you'll get some great close-up shots. The natural sunlight will often give you just enough light so your picture isn't too dark or too bright.
2) Capture a range of emotions.
Smiling babies are cute. But so are crying babies and pouting babies and messy babies and sleeping babies. Be sure to take pictures of your little one in all phases of his or her emotion filled life. You'll be amazed at how truly beautiful they are in non-traditional
picture taking situations.
3) Make bath time picture time.
While there are some babies who don't like water, most love it. They often become very expressive in the bath tub - laughing, cooing and splashing. So bath time often becomes a great opportunity to capture a few precious shots of your little one. I've personally
used the bathtub to document how Layla has changed over her 2+ years.
Every couple of months I take a few close-up pictures of her in the bathtub. Then I take the best one and place it in a special section in the photo album. It's truly amazing to see how her face changes so dramatically with each new picture.
About the Author...
Alexis Dawes is a real mom (not a professional photographer) who runs the Photograph-Your-Baby.com web site. Check out her free 20+ page tutorial that teaches parents how to take better pictures of their little one.
More about taking baby photos around the Web:
How to Take Great Baby Pictures- Get expert tips for taking photos of babies by age group, including what you should prepare for when snapping fidgety toddlers , from the New York Institute of Photography.
10 Tips for Photographing Babies - Here's more great advice on keeping the camera close and how to "pick your moment" including related tips on black & white portraits, finding the right angle, lighting, and more.