Child Photography: How to Photograph Babies

Every parent has the desire of capturing the innocent smile of their baby in the camera. However, bringing out the best photographs of babies is not simple. If you’re assigned to photograph babies, you need to know the intricacies of the job.

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“Paityne” captured by Shari

Select the Type of Photograph

If you want to capture multiple moments, you can surely go for documentary photographs and capture several shots of a baby with different relatives or in different rooms. However, if you want your child to pose in different poses, you can go for portrait photography. Portrait photography is often considered to be the right choice, when you want to take a snap of your baby’s special moment and hang it in your living room.

Take Some Natural Snaps

Keep a careful watch on your baby and try to find when he or she is happy. Try to capture those happy moments of your baby. If you know what makes your child happy, you can surely do that to make the little one smile while taking a snap.

Make the Right Use of Macros

Be careful about the use of macros. Zoom in on some expressions or some of the body parts in different photographs to add a special effect to the image. If the photograph demands, you can also isolate different parts of the body and create extraordinary photos.

Find the Right Angle

This is one of the most important factors to be noted. Many of you may have selected the right pose and clicked the right moment, but you could not bring the right effect as you made a mistake with the selection of angle. When you’re shooting a baby’s photograph, you can get down to the level of your subject and catch the right expression. Taking a close up shot can also be a good choice in this regard. When you’re photographing a baby with parents or with any other relatives, give due importance to the other people present in the photograph, as they are also the subject of your composition.

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“bowl o love” captured by Audi Lee

Always Be Ready

Capturing the special moments of an infant or toddler is not very easy. You do not know when your baby will give the right pose. So, you should always keep the camera handy so that you can snap the naturally beautiful poses of your baby.

Edit the Photograph

Last but not the least, you should know how to edit the photograph to bring out the perfect look. Adjust the color and light balance. This will help in bringing the desired results from the photograph.

About the Author
Rhommel Bernardino is a freelance photographer based in Toronto, Canada who has been shooting weddings, events, portraits, fashion, glamour, and nudes for the last 5 years. He also organizes photographic events like photo shootouts, and he occasionally hosts photography workshops in and around Toronto.

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2 responses to “Child Photography: How to Photograph Babies”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Great tips! This is such a unique take on a blog post – really informative though. And definitely useful for future reference. Another post you could do is how to photograph teen boys (seniors, etc.) They are so hard to pose nicely! Thanks so much for sharing, keep it up!

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