take better pictures of your baby’s 1st year

This is part 2 of the series Taking Better Pictures of Your Baby. Part 1 is here.

Since babies grow so fast, I’m constantly taking pictures of my little ones. I always feel like I have a different baby than the month before and these pictures of them helps me remember what they were like not too long ago.

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Since last week’s baby photography tips was such a hit, here are 3 more tips to help you document your baby’s babyhood.

Photography tips for better baby pictures

newborn baby photography tips

watch them sleep

Since your baby won’t be moving while they’re sleeping, this is a prime time to get a shot of those long lashes. In this image, I used a 100mm macro lens (also called a ‘close up’ lens) to get a close up shot of my daughter’s eyelashes. This is also a good time to try different angles to photograph your baby since they won’t be moving for a while (you’d hope…).

A little photo tip – I have a Canon camera so the close up lens I used is called a Macro Lens. If you have Nikon, they call theirs a Micro Lens.

milestones

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Documenting milestones like baby’s first bites of food, sitting up for the first time, or mastering the art of rolling over are all musts for first-year photographs.

In this photo, my son just learned how to sit and I wanted to document this milestone so I found the safest and softest place for him to sit which is my bed.

Here is another photo tip for you: I felt my son is growing into a big boy and I wanted to convey this feeling in the photo. To do this, I had the camera on the bed and pointed it up at him. When we look at this photograph, we are looking up at him which gives him a little bit more power.

bring in the brothers and sisters

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If this isn’t your first child, go ahead and engage the siblings. Some great ways to make these kinds of photos even better: get the kids to play together, have the older child read a book to the new baby, or have them show their newest family member a toy. Try seating the kids together in an uncluttered area (that might be the biggest challenge!) with lots of natural light.

In the picture above, I asked Elle to lie on the bed and being a kid, she rolled around a bit before settling at the end of the bed. I then placed my son on her arm and made funny faces at them to get this photo of them smiling and squealing.

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About The Author

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Amy Lee is a children photographer in Vancouver who specializes in mother-child photography. She photographs mothers laughing, playing, and sharing hugs and kisses with her children.

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I love how you can get so many great shots ON A BED! I love just he white sheets and the sunlight. So sweet. Pinned! 🙂