Baby photography tips are usually aimed at making
your baby look as cute as possible but a different way of making pictures is to make photos
of them just as they are, not cute, not crying, not sleeping, just being little people.
Also be sure to focus on the
child's eye as the photographer has done in this shot. The depth-of-field is shallow -
everything except the eye is nicely blurred which forces us to look very directly in
to this young child's soul.
Try to find unusual angles. Also, if you use a longer focal length you can get more
intimate shots without intimidating the baby.
photo © 2007 Dino Olivieri | more info (via: Wylio)
The tiny size of babies' hands and feet are a great subject for photographs. One good way
to show how tiny they are is by including an adult's hand or foot for comparison.
Photo © 2006 Doreen Dotto, www.doreendotto.com
Nikon D70s, 1/60 sec, f/8, focal length 50 mm
Another approach to photographing baby's feet. Here the photographer has wrapped the
bedding around the feet to isolate them. Gosh they are so cute, and such lovely detail
on the feet it makes you want to reach out and touch them!
photo © 2009 Alyssa L. Miller | more info (via: Wylio)
Photographing baby and Dad together can produce a really lovely image like this one
here. Not technically perfect, in fact I don't think there is any one part of the photo
that is totally in focus, but the softness works well with the child's beautiful expression
and the gentle kiss from Dad.
photo © 2008 Karen Sheets | more info (via: Wylio)
Here's another image of Dad and baby together, curled up asleep together with Dad's
arms protectively wrapped around the child. Black and white is worth considering especially
for shots like this as it has a unifying effecte and also tends to soften the whole scene.
photo © 2005 Andrew Morrell | more info (via: Wylio)
Simple is best when photographing babies and I really like this shot for the way
all extraneous clothing and background has been avoided. Pensive moments like this are
not hard to find even though baby is usually sleeping or eating at this stage - you just
have to have your camera ready at all times - and be quick!
photo © 2009 Jon Ovington | more info (via: Wylio)
Photo © Tarotastic (Flickr)
Nikon D200, 1/160 sec, f/4, ISO 400, lens focal length 30 mm
Isolating the child on a pure white background with him/her lying on their belly is a
nice way to get a great shot - again, no clutter, and a very simple composition works
More Baby Photography Tips for Beginners
If you are fairly new to photography and want results that look like the stylish photos in hip
magazines and ads then
Baby Photography NOW!
is a great place to start. Filled with practical photographic advice and attractive, inspiring images, Baby Photography NOW! helps
parents master the skills they need to get the most natural-looking shots of their baby.
Learn about the essential equipment, lighting techniques, poses that work especially well,
and the best ways to capture precious moments during naptime, bathtime, playtime, and special
occasions. There are plenty of expert tips on post-production, polishing the image with
Photoshop, designing an album, and creating gift mementoes, too!
More Advanced Baby Photography Tips
If you have a point-and-shoot and want to buy something that will work now AND pave the way
to using a digital SLR, then
Your Baby in Pictures
is a better buy. It covers the first twelve months of your child's life and guides you
through photographing those precious, fleeting moments, from sleepy newborn yawns to first
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none at all? Let professional photographer (and mom) Me Ra Koh help you capture the moments
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Advanced Baby Photography Tips
If you are a professional or semi-professional photographer who is hoping to set up a
a studio or home-based photography business photographing babies and young children, then
check out Studio Portrait Photography of Children and Babies (left). The
author, Marilyn Sholin, "delves into the unique psychological perspectives that a photographer
needs to know to get great photographs of infants, babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children", and
is a great resource for photographers.
Thorough sections on dealing with infants and
working with toddlers and preschoolers include month-by-month and year-by-year developmental
guides that ensure comfort and cooperation to help create unique, personalized images. An overview
of equipment and a discussion of the essential tools for a shoot pairs with advice on presenting
portraits, working with difficult parents, and securing referrals to make this an all-in-one
resource for portrait photographers.
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