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Photographing Your Newborn


It has been 9 months and now you finally are able to bring home your sweet little baby after you have given birth. You are probably very excited about placing brand new pictures in those baby-themed picture frames that so many of your dear friends and family have given you during your pregnancy. Actually, you likely wish to fill dozens of picture frames with pictures of your baby, capturing his every waking instant (and perhaps throw in a few shots of him sleeping, just for good measure).

Newborns can be tough to photograph because their attention span is undeveloped and their moods can change very quickly. That smiling, cuddly baby can turn into a squiggly, squirming, yelling baby before the camera flash goes off on your nice new digital camera. However, you do not need to worry. There will be several times that you will be able to take photos in the weeks, months, and also years to come. The suggestions that follow will help you to capture picture frame worthy moments (but aren't they all?) with your newborn with ease:

• Know your gear. Many new moms buy a new camera just before the baby is born. Whether you're accustomed to your camera or you have purchased a new camera for the momentous event, read the manual to the camera, and find out how the different modes on the camera work. Try out the camera, paying particular attention to the zoom and the wide angle. Check and see that the battery is charged up all the way, and that your camera is equipped with a good big memory card.

• Get baby in a good mood. That does not take much effort for most young babies, so long as they are well-fed, have had sufficient sleep, and their diaper is dry. Make sure wherever you are capturing the pictures is warm and cozy since a baby this young can get cold easily. It is important that you find some props to help you with keeping the baby up such as pillows, blankets, and any other things that are nice and baby friendly and soft. If you have another pair of hands to enable you to pose baby and help keep him safe while you snap his picture, that's all the better!

• Choose a bright spot for your baby photo session. If you have got any background props then just keep them simple, maybe a colored blanket or two. Make sure that you dress your baby in simple clothing, since you don't want any wild patterns or bright colors to detract from the real focus of the shoot.

• Make sure you take lots and lots of photographs. The nicest thing about your digital camera is that you can take as many photos as you would like to and then delete the ones you want to, without having to be sparing with the pictures you take. Always capture the original photos in color, and then if you wish to change them to sepia or black and white afterwards then you can.

• Take lots of candid shots without organizing the shot. Why shouldn't a photo of your sweet baby with wet tears as well as a sad face be ideal for putting on your work desk in a picture frame? The most candid pictures oftentimes turn out to be the best!

You are sure to get great results you'll love when you don't forget to use these hints.

 


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