Are you wondering how to take good baby pictures at home? Newborn photographer Jena Lee Photographs shares two styles of baby pictures you can try today. These are two easy ways to take good baby pictures at home with just your phone.
BEFORE YOU START:
- 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 enough storage space
- Use a window cloth [or your sleeve] to clean off your phone 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.
- Make sure to turn off any overhead or lamp lighting so that it doesn’t show a yellow colour cast on your baby. Using only natural window light will give you the best results.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
- While you are taking photos, 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.
- Consider asking somebody to help you. Sometimes it’s easier to manage your baby or make adjustments when you have an extra set of hands.
- You can also take a video of your baby and then screenshot moments or expressions that you like.
STYLE 1: LAY FLAT BABY PICTURE
Great for showing the progression of your baby growing from month to month + a simple way to take good baby photos.
- Start by laying out a favourite blanket near a window. It is easier to work on a flat surface such as a bed or couch.
- Then place your baby in the centre of the blanket and take a photo standing above them.
- Sometimes I find that babies don’t like to be laid on the ground all alone. You can help keep them comfortable by dressing them warm, turning the heat up, or swaddling them. Try using some tips from my favourite swaddle technique video here.
- You can also 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, bonus! You can put that under the decorative blanket you are using as a background for added heat and comfort.
- Instead of photos, you can also 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.
- For this style of baby photos you can stand outside, or inside near a window. If you are outside, try to find a shady spot for nice light.
- You can prop the phone up on a stool to 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) and take multiple photos. By doing some gentle movement, it gives you different angles 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
You got this!
Overall, these are two fairly simple styles of photos for you to try. The first lay-flat option will be the easiest to start, but definitely try to get in the frame too if you can. I believe in you! I am sure you have seen it before, but lots of parents like to take a lay-flat photo every month. This is such a great way to see your baby’s growth each month, I highly recommend doing this.
If you try to take your own photos but end up feeling like you’d rather delegate this to a professional, I would love to hear from you. I work with lots of families who would rather spend their precious free-time doing things they love. Plus, sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a professional service like family or baby photos.