Picture Perfect

You probably already know by now that two or more people can take the same photo and each one will turn out different from the others. Some people just seem to work effortless magic behind the lense. If you’re a new mom, you may be wishing that you were one of them so that the memories you make with your digital camera aren’t bland, washed out, and otherwise uninspired. Of course, you can always take baby to a professional photographer, but you’re interested in capturing special moments at home — after all, you bought that new digital camera for the purpose of visually recording them.

Let the Sun Shine In

One of the biggest mistakes that amateur photographers make is not taking advantage of natural light. You can also use a reflector to maximize the available natural light if you’re shooting indoors. Generally, the light should be bright enough so that you can comfortably read by it. However, babies don’t confine their cuteness to just the daylight hours. Bright reading lamps make fabulous artificial light. Try to avoid using a flash; most babies react negatively to them.

Timing Matters

You may have already experienced this — the baby is setting new records for cuteness, but by the time you get your camera out to take a picture, the adorable has dissolved into tears. Having your camera close at hand will minimize this situation. Additionally, new parents eventually realize that they won’t be able to capture every moment in a photo.

Most babies experience their best moods after waking from a nap or after being fed, so keep your cuteness alert fine-tuned for these time periods. You can also get a great picture while the baby is sleeping.

How to Pose the Baby

Posing newborns really isn’t easy when they’re awake, but you can place them on a soft, colorful blanket that acts as a terrific backdrop. Also, you’re more likely to get a good picture when your baby is comfortable and happy, and babies love soft surfaces. Pose your baby on a rug or blanket with a few stimulating toys on hand for best results. If there are two of you there, it makes it a lot easier. Keep in mind that babies have very short attention spans, so when the baby starts to fuss, it’s time to move on to other activities.


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