Bringing a new baby into your family is one of life’s most amazing and wonderful moments, even in these lockdown times during this pandemic, it gives us joy and hope for better times ahead.
Although you, as a new parents will miss out on some of the experiences you were hoping for.
look at what you will get, hours, days, weeks of uninterrupted time with your new baby, a time to bond, to savour every minute as the world holds its breath. You will be like all of us, keeping in touch with loved ones virtually, so they will still be part of this amazing time.
While I’m unable to photograph your new addition (at this moment), I wanted to pass along this guide on how you can still capture this fleeting moment – at home – with whatever camera you own!
(yes…even your phone!)
below you’ll find a series of tips and photo ideas with suggestions on setting up the shot.
I look forward to being able to photograph your family soon!
I do also have a support group for all those in isolation Supporting Staffordshire’s expecting & new Mum’s during social distancing with ongoing support and tips.
First off, know that your photos are not going to look the same as professional photos, and that’s ok! you are however capturing precious memories, and that is all that matters.
Babies are energy-based and will pick up on your anxiety and frustration, so just relax and go with the flow!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a DSLR – try putting your phone on portrait mode if you have it to get some lovely blur. Make sure your lens is clean! keep things simple – you don’t need any props.
Some quick tips to keep in mind
Try to take your photos in the rooms that get the best gentle window light (not direct sunlight).
Always have another adult present to be close to baby while taking photos with siblings. Start with low expectations – they may not cooperate and that’s ok. If they lose patience, try those photos another time.
The safety and comfort of your baby is more important than any photo. Please do not attempt any poses that you see newborn photographers do – we are trained in newborn safety and posing, keep it simple and organic, with a documentary feel.
Pets and siblings should never be photographed with a newborn without another adult right there to keep an eye (and hand!) on baby. When you are taking photos above baby, always wear the camera strap around your neck.
Listen for baby’s cues. Your little one may start to tell you they have had enough. And pace yourself – you just had a baby and will need rest! If you need to break it up over a few days, thats A-OK!
Take loads of images so you can choose the best of the best, for those families that were booked in with me then i’m offering to edit these images for free, for other families, I can offer my editing skills for you at a small fee.
Position baby with light coming from the side or top of baby’s head. Take photos looking straight down – try to avoid taking photo’s up baby’s nose.
ON THE BED
Use large bed (usually in master bedroom).
Simple and neutral bedding looks best (tip: use white duvet inner) Lay baby on bottom half of bed, with head towards the side window.
Get down and take photos at baby’s eye-level.
Add yourselves in on this shot too, lying down behind baby for a gorgeous shot! – ask your partner or use a timer for this
IN THE NURSERY
Don”t forget those little details too, hospital name tags, new toys on shelves,
Lay baby down in the cot, head towards the window (move the cot close to the window if needed, and practical)
Take photos from various angles, e.g:
Looking straight down
Through crib slats
With a parent leaning over crib, hand on baby
BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Let older siblings sit down with window light coming from the side, with legs straight out or criss-crossed to create a little pocket.
Safest places are right on the floor, or propped up against pillows on a bed. An adult should be an arm’s length away at all times. Place baby onto sibling’s lap, so baby’s weight is supported by sibling’s legs. Have them wrap their arms gently around baby. Top of baby’s head should be angled towards the window.
Take photos from side, from behind looking down, straight on, etc.
Safest option for young or rambunctious siblings is not to have them hold baby. Another adult should be right there with baby all the time. Place baby on bed with top of their head towards the window.
Ask sibling(s) to lie on their tummies behind baby.
Encourage calm interaction – look at baby, smell baby, touch toes, etc.
IN DADS HANDS
Have dad sit down near a window, Dad should hold baby out in front of him, resting on his legs, and baby’s head cupped in his hands.
Take photos focusing on dad’s big hands holding his small baby. Switch it up for photos of baby feet and hands in dad’s hands, and dad’s hands on baby’s body.
Also capture Dad’s expression as he looks down at his baby.
MUM AND BABY
Place mum sitting or standing so window light comes from the side. Try to always angle top of baby’s head towards window.
Hold baby in different ways: lying in arms, held face to face, up on shoulder, facing out, etc.
For each position, take photos from different angles – straight on, from side, from behind over parent’s shoulder, etc.
Position your family members with window light coming from the side – on a couch, or even on the floor of the nursery. Let them leave a spot for you to sit or stand.
Use a tripod if you have one, or simply set up your camera/phone against something sturdy, getting the whole family in the frame. Activate the timer (10 seconds), and run to get into your assigned position with your family. Smile!
Lie baby down on a simple white or neutral coloured blanket or sheet, close to a window.
Focus on just one body part at time, and make the whole photo just about that body part.
Take photos of your baby’s hands and fingers, feet and toes, nose, lips, belly button, and wisps of hair. Don’t forget the little rolls and flaky skin!
I hope this guide goes somewhere to helping you capture your little ones..
Stay safe and I hope to meet you all very soon..