Professional baby photography is quite sort after these days. However, with the use of digital cameras, camera phones, Instagram and various other social media sites people have access to today allowing us to document our lives, most parents are tending to take a countless photographs or their new arrivals and regularly too. I have a friend, for example, who likes to take one photograph a week of her eight month old son, and has done so since he was born to document his development. Needless to say every weekly photo-progress update is posted on Facebook.
So if you like the idea of documenting your baby or fancy trying some baby shoots of your own some ideas for developmental shots you might like to try over the first six months are below.
Tip: Make a photography date each month, say the 1st of the month, so you keep up to date with your shots.
Child’s Age: Newborn
• Baby sleeps often at this stage. Take some photos with baby asleep on his side, belly and laying on their front with chin first.
• Close up details of feet and face and also nice to remember this time.
Child’s Age: One month
• Lifts head. Try a photograph down at the babies level with baby on his belly lifting his head at a 45 degree angle.
• Follows objects. Try some shots were you are directing the baby’s gaze with an object. Having the object in the scene maybe a nice idea to show what is going on.
Child’s Age: Two months
• Smiles responsively, laughs. Most babies can smile between two and three months, if not sooner, so a nice smiley photo might be nice at this phase.
Child’s Age: Three months
• Laughs, squeals, gurgles, coos. Take some photographs of baby laughing, and forming sounds.
• Holds head up steadily. Capture some shots of baby holding head up steadily.
Child’s Age: Four months
• May cut first tooth. Try to get some close ups of baby’s face with first tooth showing, try to make baby laugh or smile to order to get this shot.
• Can bear weight on legs. Take some photographs of baby holding onto your fingers standing with feet touching the floor.
• Can grasp a toy and reaches out for objects. Take a photograph of baby holding his favourite toy or even reaching to take it of mum, dad or sibling.
Child’s Age: Five months
• Can roll over. Baby rolling over are also developmental stages you might want to capture at four months. Try taking the photographs at different angels to see which is best to capture what looks like a roll.
• Amuses himself by playing with hands and feet. Photographs of baby playing with feet and hands can look really interesting. Try to make sure baby it looking at the camera for some more interest.
Child’s Age: Six months
• Baby turns towards sounds. Use this to your advantage.
• Rolls in both directions. Again take baby rolling over at this time, this time in both directions. You might like to try a sequence of fast shot photographs to show the movement.
• May sit momentarily without support. Try a shoot of baby sitting up for the first time without support. Again, looking towards the camera is best for viewer interest.
For most of these shots I’d say the key to ending up with baby photographs which look something special is to try to capture the baby looking towards the camera. You’ll need lots of patience for this, but it will be worth it in the end.
I’d also suggest you take photographs of babies, small children and even pets for that matter, down at their level were possible. If the photo is shot from above the photo can look as if the viewer is dominant over the baby. Taking the photo at the baby’s level gives the impressing the child is just as important as the viewer.
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For more on baby developmental stages see: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a6476/milestone-chart-one-to-six-months#ixzz2vr7SZwFl
Happy capturing 🙂