6 tips for photographing your newborn in hospital by Julia at Photography For Little People

Whilst I recommend a professional newborn photoshoot in the first 3 to 10 days after your baby arrives, there are ways you can capture your own photos when you’re in hospital. Here’s 6 tips to help you when the time comes:

  • Natural Light

If you use your flash on your camera or phone and the lights in the hospital, you’ll not get the best results. Instead, if you’re taking a picture of someone holding baby or a picture of baby in their cot, move next to a window, opening blinds if needed, so you can get as much light as possible. Natural light is far more flattering!

  • Swaddle

Baby may well be most comfortable if wrapped snuggly in a blanket. Don’t try to pose the baby as these could lead to unnatural looking images and should be left to a professionally trained newborn photographer. There are myriad of ways to swaddle a baby so here’s just one example;

Fold a blanket into a triangle and place baby in the middle, a little below the folded edge of the blanket. Fold one side over baby’s middle gently tucking under baby’s side and bottom ensuring it’s smooth.

Fold the second side over and tuck under side and bottom again ensuring there is no blanket over baby’s face.

Now you can get a close up of baby’s face with just the blanket, no other interference from anything else in the background. The key here is to move yourself, not the baby. You may find zooming in using your phone means a poor quality image, but moving yourself closer and not using zoom will avoid this. Alternatively, use an editing tool (see point 6) and crop the image to a close-up.

  • Take pictures from overhead

Take a picture looking down over your baby’s cot. Think safety – if you’re using a camera, ensure the strap is around your neck or wrapped around your wrist and don’t stand on something. You don’t want to risk dropping anything on your baby or falling onto him/her.

  • Capturing little details

Take your time to capture your photos. The more time you spend doing so, the more likely you are to capture special moments. You also want to capture the little details such as the shape of lips and little hands and feet.

  • Don’t forget mummy

I can well understand why mums are often reluctant to have their photo taken after giving birth. But these are precious moments that you will want to look back on in years to come. Whoever is holding baby, ensure baby’s head is as close to theirs as possible to create the connection between baby and subject.

  • Simple editing techniques

Whether you’re using your camera or your phone, there is a wealth of tools out there for free that you can use to edit your images quickly and simply.  Ask around and you’ll no doubt find many recommendations from friends and family that you can try out before baby arrives.

One of my favourite for my android phone is Aviary. Very intuitive and simple to lighten, crop and add effects directly from your phone. Another is Photoshop Express (available for Android and Apple and on your PC) or Snapseed.

Don’t discard an image until you’ve had a play. What might not initially look like a success, can be transformed with a crop!

Hiring a professional newborn photographer

Never attempt to create the images you see of newborns that have been taking by a professional. Any newborn photographer should be fully trained in newborn safety and will have the equipment and experience to handle your precious bundle.

If you are interested in booking a newborn photoshoot, birth photography or 2d hand and foot prints, you can make an enquiry by going to our website, www.photographyforlittlepeople.com or contact me at julia@photographyforlittlepeople.com

Photoshoots are available in your own home or at my Beccles home studio and there is no sitting fee, simply pay for whatever your order for your home.

Julia Duncan, Photography for Little People by Julia x

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