How to Snap Your Own Beautiful Baby Pics at Home
Typically I’m the face behind the lens. I have worked with Misti and been one of her best friends for over 10 years! I recently gave birth my first child and I found myself scouring blogs to find other moms like me. There are so many amazing, strong, and beautiful mommy bloggers out there and I couldn’t read enough of their posts. Even so, I was still left with questions, opinions, and discoveries I couldn’t keep to myself! When Misti suggested I start writing for entertainista, I was ecstatic! So, it begins! My mommy files! We will explore baby and mommy fashion, review products, and learn together.
For my first post, I thought it would be fitting to talk about something I am most familiar with: Photography!
I am used to shooting fashion, so newborn photography was pretty new to me. I had a lot of fun experimenting with my new little muse, Riley!
Although I used a professional camera and lens, beautiful photos can be achieved with camera phones and point and shoots. For the mommy who wants to snap some beautiful pictures of her baby on her own, here are my top 5 tips:
Most important! Make sure the room you are taking photos in has an abundance of natural/window light. 11am is usually a good time to plan a shoot.
Choose neutral colors to place your baby on. If the walls are painted a funky color (like mine which were aqua), place white foam board or poster board over the portion of the walls where you are shooting. This will eliminate that color from bouncing off the walls and making your baby’s hair or skin look crazy.
For the love of all that is good and pure do not use an on-camera built-in flash!!! Your pictures will come out looking amateurish. If you followed tip #1, the window will be enough to make soft, gorgeous light.
Make sure your baby has been fed, burped, and changed. You will likely end up with a big, gooey mess on the blanket you are taking her pictures on if you don’t! (I learned this the hard way!)
Be patient and go with the flow! If your baby just isn’t cooperating or going into that coveted “froggy pose” snap pics of what she is doing instead. Capturing the moment is sometimes much more precious than getting that “perfect” pose.