Katie is a multi-tasking mum we love. Not only does she blog for Kiddicare (hurrah!), she also writes Mummy Daddy Me as well as running her own photography company. Read her top tips for photographing your little one and take five to enjoy her beautiful photos.
Katie writes: Having a newborn baby is the most exciting time of your life. But it is also the most demanding, exhausting and intense time too. The first couple of weeks pass so quickly so you want to make sure you record every moment, yet it can be hard to find the time to pick up the camera with everything else you have going on.
I am a massive fan of taking photo’s of my two daughters, and I snap away constantly recording our daily lives. Here are my top ten tips for photographing those early newborn days with whatever camera you have…
1. Take one last photo of your bump. You will miss it!
2. Make sure you take some photos in hospital. Yes, you’re tired, you have just given birth, and you might not really think to take many photos in the hospital aside from a quick snap to put on Facebook or to send to family. Try and take some photos in the hospital as in years to come you’ll want to remember those little details of the most important day of your life. Some good ideas for shots are of gifts or flowers, close ups of wrist bands etc.
3. Get in the photo! Yes you are exhausted, you have just given birth, and your hair hasn’t been washed for a week. But you know what? In years to come I can guarantee your children won’t see that. They will see photos of them all brand new with their Mummy. And another good tip is, if you really don’t like photos of yourself, just convert them to black and white using a phone app like snapseed or an internet program like picmonkey. You always feel a bit better in black and white!
4. Take photos against a plain background. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – a baby blanket will do – but by eliminating the clutter it will really draw the attention towards the baby and make the photo look less like a snapshot. Light colours work the best in this instance. Another tip is to put them on a bed. This one was taken on ours!
5. Use natural light wherever possible and try to avoid the flash. Unless you have a fancy studio or flashgun, it’s more than likely the built in flash on your phone or camera is going to be rubbish. They just don’t make for a nice photo. The best thing you can possibly do is turn it off and try and shoot in natural light. Think outside or by a window. It will make your photos much calmer and natural.
6. Focus on the little details. Newborn babies have such gorgeous features- make sure you take lots of photos of them. Little hands, feet, ears and eyelashes. Or their little fingers curled around yours. They are all things that you will want to remember.
7. Take photos of them with their Dads (or other close family members)! After all, who doesn’t melt seeing a photo like this?
8. Always have your camera handy to record the little moments. You will want to remember every stage when they are older. Keep your camera handy so you can snap photos that you will treasure forever- like their first smile, or a sleepy curled up cuddle! It’s the unscripted and unposed moments that you will love the most.
9. Think outside the box. Think about different ways to frame your shot, you don’t always have to take a photo straight on with a person in the middle of the image. Experimenting. Here’s my youngest’s first meeting with her Great Grandma.
10. Dress them up once in a while! No one can resist a baby in a cute (silly) outfit. And you need ammunition for their 18th birthday album or their wedding day!