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Natural Newborn Photography - Photographing with Window Light

Jul 29, 2008
Now that the baby has arrived, everyone is clamoring for pictures. But when you take pictures with your flash camera, the baby just does not look like the beautiful baby you see before you. Here are some tips to take some natural photos of your newborn that can be used for an artistic birth announcement.

- You can use a film camera or a digital camera, but use the best camera available to you that is easy for you to use. If you are using a film camera, you may want to use black and white film, at least 800 ISO. If you are using a digital camera, you can turn the pictures black&white on the computer later, or at via your online printing service.

- The flash needs to be turned off! Using window light to photograph your newborn baby will result in a beautiful soft look that will truly capture your babies features. Find a window that has good strong indirect light coming through. You do not want direct sun light. Morning light has a great quality and it is often a great time for your newborn if that works for your space.

- Make sure there is no visual clutter in your backgrounds. Use solid colored blankets or sheets under the baby. White sheets on a bed or solid colored blankets over a boppy or baby carrier can work well.

- Skin is best for newborns. Photographing newborns without clothing yields a timeless classic look. You can keep diapers on if you choose, but try to cover them with fabric or a diaper cover.

- With your camera ready, making sure the babies face and body is turned toward the light from the window, start taking pictures from different angles. Try to fill the frame with the baby and the solid colored blanket or sheet, avoiding additional clutter or items that may get into your background.

- Take pictures from all different angles. Talk to the baby to try to get them to look into the camera for some of the images, but do not focus on trying to get the baby to smile. Just sing and coo and work on getting different expressions and features of your newborn.

- If you are having problems photographing the baby when they are awake because they keep fussing, try photographing them while they are sleeping. It can be the best time to get close-up shots of hand and feet which are always moving when they are awake.

- Take lots of photographs! The more images you take, the more likely you will find something you like. Make sure to take pictures form different angles and perspectives - full body from different sides, half body, different angles of the face, fuzzy ears, wrinkly arms, scrawny legs, etc.

- When it is time to develop the images - whether on your computer or at the lab, develop your pictures and then sit down and go through them, looking with an artistic eye to choose the ones that capture the baby that you see, and this time in your life which will pass so quickly. Choose the best ones for an artistic birth announcement.
About the Author
Anna Myers is a modern lifestyle Bay Area San Francisco Photographer who specializes in artistic newborn portraits .
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