In the UK, everyone is getting very excited about the photos that have been released of the new Royal baby, Prince George – which made us think that we should share our top tips for taking photographs of new born babies!

Lighting – Ditch the flash, and find somewhere where the light is naturally diffused, this will give a much more flattering effect, and baby won’t be upset by a bright light in the eyes! Also, avoid lighting your subject from above or the side, it will cast unflattering shadows.

Composition – Decide if you are going for a portrait picture, or a documentary picture. Is mum going to hold baby and be in the picture? Do you want the surroundings to be in focus to add a story to the image? Taking pictures at an angle, from above or down at baby’s level can make a huge difference to the feel of the picture you end up with – EXPERIMENT!

Top Tip: Negative Space
Make the most of an empty frame, it will bring added emphasis to the baby’s features.

Close Ups – Get your macro on! One of the most fascinating things about babies is their flawlessly soft skin, tiny toes and little fingers, cute as a button ears and, well, every ‘iddy biddy’ detail. Make sure you get some macro close ups, fill the frame and shoot in B&W for added artiness.

Props – Including a toy in the picture, a recognisable baby blanket, or an item of clothing that has been handed down thought the family can turn an ordinary portrait into a picture with added sentimental value.

Top Tip: Portrait Photography
Opt for aperture priority, f4 is ideal for portraits, creating a softer background whilst highlighting facial features.

Timing – To get the best out of a portrait session with a new born baby, pay close attention to his or her schedule! Choose a time of day when baby is most relaxed and happy. This is likely to be after a feed, a sleep, a bath or all three!

Befriend Burst Mode – You cannot get a new born baby to pose! Babies are always pulling new expressions and stretching their limbs – chances are that if you wait for baby to strike a pose you are after, you’ll have missed it before you can focus! Dedicate some of your photo session to letting burst mode do it’s magic, and see what great pictures were caught as a result.

Do you have some baby portraits, or any tips on taking a picture a parent will cherish forever? Share them with us below!

September 5th, 2013
Great article. Perfect timing for us having a five month old. Already got some great shots.
September 6th, 2013
@brav I hope you will be sharing some more photos of Amelia soon.
September 6th, 2013
Fab article .... especially as I am off to photograph a newborn tomorrow! :)
September 7th, 2013
Bookmarked for when number 3 arrives in November!
September 16th, 2013
nice tips... my 365 project is all my little one so I definitely need to experiement more with the digital camera as opposed to mostly phone pics.
September 22nd, 2013
thank you for the advice
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