Here are two styles of baby pictures you can try today with your phone and what you already have around the house. As a baby photographer, these are two styles of photos I often do for the families I work with. They are simple enough and an easy place to start if you are wondering how to take baby pictures at home.
PREPARE THESE THINGS IN ADVANCE:
- Find a space near a window that will work for taking your photos. Look for a spot with soft natural light. Try to stay out of direct sunlight though as it creates harsh highlights and shadows on the skin. Typically, a bed or dinner table works well.
- Lightly declutter and move things from your space so that you can move around easily.
- Make sure your phone has storage space and use a window cloth to clean off the camera lens.
- Plan to do your photo at a time of day that your baby is generally happy. If they are fed, dry, and have slept it will be easier on both of you.
- Cloudy days or early morning times give softer light compared to full sun or the afternoon time.
- Turn off any overhead or lamp lighting as it will give your photos a yellow cast. Natural window light and light bulb light have different colour balances that don’t mix well.
- Experiment with different angles and don’t be afraid to take multiple photos. Stop after a few and see what you like, then do more of that.
- Try and have your baby’s face toward the window light.
- Try to hold your phone so that it’s not blocking your face! Your baby can’t see your eyes or facial expressions if your phone is in the way.
- If you want to be in the photos too, ask somebody to take them for you or set your phone up on selfie mode and use the timer feature.
STYLE 1: LAY FLAT BABY PICTURE
Great for showing the progression of your baby growing from month to month + a simple way to take great baby photos.
- Lay out a favourite blanket near a window. Flat surfaces like a table or bed work best.
- Place your baby in the centre of the blanket and take a photo standing above them.
- Depending on your baby / their age, I sometimes find they don’t like to be laid on the ground all alone. Sometimes a swaddle helps them stay more settled, this is my favourite swaddle technique video.
- Try putting a pillow under your baby to hold their head up more — nursing pillows work really well for this.
- If you own a heated blanket, put that under the blanket you are using as a background. It will keep them warm, comfortable and happy.
- Try taking a video that you can pull still images from later.
STYLE 2: BABY + PARENT PHOTO:
This requires a bit more preparation but is definitely worth it. These photos are heartfelt and you will treasure them forever.
- Stand outside or near a window with your baby.
- Use the self-timer on your phone or get somebody to take the photos for you.
- Hold your baby in a comfortable position and gently rock them back in forth (moving your hips) while and take multiple photos. The movement will give you different angle and body position options to choose from.
- Experiment with moving closer and farther away from the camera. Take one really far away and also really close up, my clients always end up loving these portraits.
- Try burst mode on your phone for lots of different options.
- Try taking a video that you can pull still images from later
I hope these two simple styles of photos help you take great pictures of your baby. Let me know how these go for you and I would love to see your results! I am most active on Instagram @jenaleephotographs, let’s be friends.