Babies are fun to photograph. Many photographers love to take photos of babies because they have not developed the self-consciousness that you will see in older children and adults. As a result, they can get the most truly expressive photos of them. Babies don’t pretend to be something or someone they aren’t. They just are who they are.
The first couple weeks a baby’s life hold wonderful opportunities for getting some good shots. Having the camera ready in the delivery room will bring back those moments for years to come. Get pictures of the baby being weighed and checked out by the doctors. If possible, get pictures of your doctor and nurses. Believe it or not, those will be important someday. Have the camera ready when the baby is bundled up and handed to its mother. Dad needs to get in on the pictures as well, so try to have someone standing by who can take pictures for you.
When you are taking a picture, try to take shots at different angles. Lots of pictures gives you a better chance of getting that perfect one. Be careful with your flash as well. If you can get good natural light for your pictures, it will be easier on your baby. Sudden flashes of light can startle anyone, but especially a newborn.
Don’t forget to record baby coming home. Get pictures of Dad packing up to leave the hospital. What about a picture of Mom and baby being taken out to the car by the nurse. Get pictures of flowers, balloons, and plants that Mom might have received.
Be sure to get pictures of your baby with all of your visitors-as long as they are not contagious. Remember to take lots of shots from different angles. Some photos can be posed, but sometimes the best ones are those that were taken unposed and natural. Your baby will grow up someday, and will enjoy looking back at the reactions everyone had when they first met him or her. Be sure to get lots of pictures of the other children in the family talking and playing with your baby. Someday they will all be grown up together and will love the memories of when they first met.
Get close up, and take pictures of their tiny fingers and toes, noses and lips. Little details are something we sometimes forget to record, but they are so perfect to put into your scrapbook.
You probably received lots of gifts for your baby from friends and family. Record these with photographs. If possible, get pictures of each gift with the person who gave it, and then again with your baby. Take pictures of your baby in the sweet little outfits, and snuggled into the many different blankets you received. What about toys? They can be great to brighten up an otherwise ordinary picture.
Don’t forget. It is so easy to get wrapped up in taking hundreds of pictures of the first couple weeks of your baby’s life. Then life takes back over, and you get busy and stop recording. Pretty soon you realize your baby is growing up, and you have missed so many important milestones. Keep your camera ready to go. Sit it where you can see it, and be reminded to get those shots of your baby as it starts to mature and show its personality. Take your camera with you wherever you go, and you will be ready to catch that perfect moment whenever it happens.