There is nothing in the world like a newborn baby. If you already have children, you know how quickly the first months of your new little soul's life pass. Some days, I feel as though my own children are changing and growing at warp speed!
When I photograph a newborn baby for a family, I want that family to be able to look at the photos in the future and almost be able to feel how soft the baby's skin was. I want them to remember how precious and squishy their child was, too, of course, but evoking that emotion is what drives me.
As a mother and as a professional photographer, I want to share a few pieces of advice I hope will help you capture these fleeting moments.
1. Have Your Camera Accessible
I know from experience that life with a new baby can be crazy, but photograph that little one as much as you possibly can, even if you won't be able to go through the photos for awhile. Going a week or so without taking any pictures can easily turn into going weeks without getting out your camera -- then months of infancy have passed! Even if you can only pull that camera out once a week, do it!
2. Shoot to Scale
As much as I adore photographing babies on beanbags and with props, it can be hard to remember just how small the baby was if you only photograph them in this way. Take your child's photo in their crib, in dad or a grandparent's hands, or with a sibling; you'll be able to reminisce about how tiny your kiddo truly was. Another popular way of doing this is take the same image over the course of baby's first year to show how much they grow!
3. Work With What You Have
Keep it simple and let the images of your baby speak for themselves. Try not to do too much staging for photos taken at home. When photographing your new baby with siblings, make sure baby is safe and see what happens naturally. Stand within reach and simply watch your children together for a minute or two. Let them do what they're going to do (within reason, of course!).
I hope this has motivated you to shoot some of your own images of your bundle of joy. Best wishes for beautiful photos and sleepy nights!