DIY newborn portraits: For anyone who’s gutsy enough to attempt their own baby photos, here are some little tips and tricks. First of all, be ready for this to be a lot of work! Taking photos of babies, or any children for that matter, can be challenging. So don’t get down on yourself if you find it overwhelming. For props and materials, consider using a light colored blanket for the backdrop, and have plenty of pillows and blankets at your disposal to help support and pose your baby.
Make sure to have fun with different outfits you’ll want to dress baby in for their very own in-home photoshoot. The sky is the limit when it comes to your creativity! Taking your own pictures of your little prince or princess can be very rewarding, even though it can prove to be a lot of work. Maybe a little tuxedo for your son, or a beautiful dress for your daughter. Another fun idea is to dress your newborn up like a bug, or piece of fruit.
No matter how you choose for an outfit for the pictures, there are basic principles of photography that you’ll want to adhere to in order for your DIY baby photos to be something you’ll be proud to display and show off. One of the biggest things to remember is lighting! Yes, cameras have fancy flashes, but believe it or not, natural sunlight can be your best light source when it comes to in-home photography. Part of the reason for this is it falls in natural ways that our eyes are accustomed to and suited to seeing. So place baby in a place where natural light can pour through a window. If it’s too bright outside, you can limit the light and control what’s coming through with the use of a curtain.
On the subject of lighting, the optimal angle for the light to come across baby’s face is coming from the top and to the side. That is to say, pouring across at an angle. If the light is coming from straight ahead, it can make your little one’s face appear flat and washed out. We want to achieve some flattering contrast with the intelligent use of our light source.
Baby pictures at home: Also, when capturing the images, make sure to shoot down your baby’s nose, not up it. You want to avoid getting photos of their nostrils. Shoot the pictures from above baby, and off to the side. Take a variety of pictures form differing angles to see which ones work best for you. Make certain when posing your infant that you keep safety always in the forefront of your mind. Don’t place baby up high, or in a position where something could fall on them. It goes without saying, but be careful not to step on them while fretting about getting the right backdrop in place. When our creative juices start flowing, sometimes we can get carried away and we don’t want baby to be needlessly in harms way.
Editing your new baby photos: Most computers have photo editing software built in. This should normally be sufficient for anything you’d like to try. There’s the black and white, vignette, and vivid coloring options that can be applied to your newborn portraits. Make sure to save-as when making edits. That way if you don’t like how something turned out, you have the original picture to go back to. With patience, safety, and your own creativity, you can produce priceless images of your infant that will last a lifetime.
Of course, if you’ve been through the do it yourself process before, you know how much work it can be. There’s something to be said about reaching out and enlisting a SLC professional baby photographer who can make this experience a lot easier for you. We have the props, the outfits, the photography gear, the lighting, and everything else you can think of. We’re more than happy and thrilled to do the hard work and create photos for you and your baby you’ll be all too eager to show off to your family and friends!