We love our babies… Well, most of the time, but that surprise wake up at 3:00 am doesn’t really count!
Several years ago, the immanent birth of my first child was what got me started on photography – I wanted to get a camera to take pictures of the family. The rest, as they say, is history.
Babies grow in front of your eyes, and you don’t want to miss out on what are, quite literally, once-in-a-lifetime photos. So, with babies and photography in mind, here are some tips for parents to keep the memories in print:
- Use available light. Younger children, and babies especially, aren’t going to like bright flashes of light in their faces. Instead, try to use a nice big window for lighting, at a time of day when there isn’t direct sunlight blasting through it; the soft light will provide nice, even lighting, but still allow for the depth that comes from shadow.
- Yes. It’s all about them. But don’t forget to photograph your child interacting with others (like mom and dad). This will give some perspective of the size of baby, and also captures the emotion felt between the parent-child bond.
- Get the details. Little feet, little hands, etc. will all grow just as fast, and once they start moving, forget about getting them to hold still! Taker some time to document the little things, before they’re gone.
- De-clutter the image. The child is the important part of the photo; clean up the stack of books, clothing and all those wildly colourful toys in the background. Also try to look for angles that don’t get the dining room table in the background.
- While you’re looking for different angles, think about more than just the head-on shot of the child’s face. Get photos of the child crawling, or playing with toys. Interact with them. Draw out their forming personalities to get more expressive and emotive images.