8 Tips for Documenting Your Baby Texan's First Month in Photos
Your first month home with your newborn is going to be a whirlwind. In the midst of getting to know each other, holding tiny fingers and counting tiny toes, breathing in sweet baby smells, and the learning curve of breastfeeding and bottle making, diaper mishaps (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you will soon enough, LOL), how to snap up those crazy but useful sleepers that fasten up the inside of both legs, visitors, well meaning advice droppers, and OH YEAH - sleep deprivation, you’ll be wanting to capture how CRAZY fast these tiny humans grow and change! SO, I’m here to drop a few tips for you to get a real life chronicle of those amazing first 30 days of life on this side of the womb in the best ways possible.
- Get quality professional newborn photos done by an experienced and well trained newborn specialist. This is your best opportunity for capturing what your baby really looks like with proper lighting to highlight his/her features and create lasting memories of those first few days by an expert at soothing and posing your little one.
- Take at least one photo using the following tips each day for your baby’s first month. You’ll be amazed at the changes your baby goes through in such a short time. Don’t forget to include photos of loved ones meeting and holding your baby for the first time!
- Asleep or awake? You’ll want to capture photos of your baby both while sleeping and while awake to get a full representation of all their little budding personality traits. Babies have their own little ways of doing things, and you may notice your baby likes to sleep in a certain position or smiles a lot in their sleep. However, you’ll see another side to your little one when they are awake.
- Take awake photos when your baby is well fed and happy, but not right after eating. Your new baby will spend most of their time asleep, but be ready with your cell phone or camera when they are happy. Often this will be somewhere between feedings if your babe tends to go right back to sleep after a feed, and usually following a diaper change which tends to wake them. I nice tight swaddle will help keep flailing arms out of the photo.
- Follow the light. For the best photos, light is king. Make sure your baby’s face is turned toward the best light in the room, but don’t place baby in the light. Avoid bright spots where you can see light hitting the floor or furniture. Back up a little into the shaded area instead. Make sure the light is coming from the top of baby’s head rather than up the face to avoid “ghost story lighting”.
- Nostrils down - angle your camera from above your baby pointed down his/her face. A good way to know if you’ve got this right is to make sure you aren’t looking up baby’s nostrils.
- Face first - the camera should be closest to the baby’s face. If the diaper is the first thing you see, change your position, moving toward the face.
- At the end of the month, have these photos you’ve taken at home, printed. Find a quality scrapbook or baby book to place your photos in and you’ll have a precious keepsake for your little one.
There you have it! I hope these tips help you slow down and cherish the little moments in these precious first days of your new life. All our Karen Laine Newborn Clients receive a bonus gift of a detailed video tutorial for taking photos at home of your new baby.