Who doesn’t want great baby photos to put on the baby book or baptismal invitation? Capturing your baby’s development on camera is like a parenting tradition. Babies these days are lucky because taking pictures are now easy and inexpensive (films are out and digital is in). So grab your camera, but before you start shooting, read on these tips to get fantastic results:

  1. Zoom in. Yes, that little tulip flower-looking button on your camera has a purpose. Use it to take macro shots of your baby’s tiny features. Take close up shots of the face, hands and feet to show detail. Take it to the next level and go for closer shots of facial features like eyebrows and earlobes, or if your baby has a unique quality like dimples. Focus on the eyes for a good profile shot.
  2. Try different angles. Babies don’t mind you taking photos of them. Go ahead and play paparazzi – photograph your baby from the front, back, sides, above and below. Don’t just hover from above, take pictures from the baby’s eye-level so you won’t have a bunch of pictures with the baby looking up all the time. Just like adults, babies can also have a ‘good side’. Try to find out which one it is (left or right).
  3. Check the background. Consider the surroundings when taking pictures. Simple backgrounds like a solid colored blanket or wall look good on photos. Clear up background clutter to avoid distraction in the photograph.
  4. Consider lighting. Good quality photos are usually characterized by good lighting. Use natural light as much as possible. Take pictures outdoors or near a window. Avoid backlighting – position your camera where it does not go against the light source. The best lighting can be attained during sunrise and sunset, when the sun’s rays are yellow and at an angle. Use your camera’s flash and red eye reduction when necessary. But don’t forget to use a flash diffuser or just turn it off when taking pictures of newborns as they are sensitive to light.
  5. Be playful. Capture your baby in action – crawling, eating, sleeping or even crying. All of these will not look the same after a few months. Photograph your baby in different positions – sitting down, on his tummy or lying on his back. Both of you will have a great time long as he is comfortable.
  6. Timing is also important. Consider your baby’s schedule when doing a photo shoot. Mornings and after feedings are the best because that’s when a baby is less cranky. Make funny faces and sounds to bring out that smile. If the baby loses interest, use colorful toys to make your baby look your way. Dress him up with cute clothes or costumes. You can also try the opposite: undress him and take his pictures in the buff!

  7. Join the photo shoot. It’s your time to shine, too. A family portrait doesn’t always have to be formal-looking. Turn on your camera’s timer or ask for an extra pair of hands and start posing with your baby.
  8. Edit the pictures. The photos you took might not all be perfect to your liking. Don’t be reluctant to use photo editing software to improve them. Blur out unwanted clutter in the background. Crop misaligned pictures. Try converting the colors into black and white or sepia.
  9. Click away! The advantage of having a digital camera is having to see the outcome right away. This way you can take as many photos as you want and choose the best from the lot. The higher memory capacity you have on your camera, the more pictures you can take. You can never take too much pictures. In the long run, you can create a monthly time lapse album where you can see your baby’s development.

OK, picture perfect!  You should try entering into one of these children’s and baby photo contests.