I was recently listening to an episode of the podcast 'New Moms, New Babies' on how to photograph your baby that featured the acclaimed professional photograper Nick Kelsh. Nick is one of the America's leading experts on baby photography. Nick is the author/photographer of nine books including Naked Babies with Anna Quindlen, How to Photograph Your Baby, How to Photograph Your Life, and The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson. He has appeared on Oprah! and The Today Show multiple times. His photographs have appeared on several of the covers of the prestigious Day in the Life series and in dozens of major magazines.
In the podcast, Nick offers the following tips on how to photograph your baby:
- Parents have the best access to their babies and as such should make better photographers than professionals. You know when they are at their best, most relaxed and ready to be photographed;
- Pick a day/time when your baby is well rested and happy to be photographed;
- Pick a location where there is plenty of natural light. Photos are best taken in the morning or afternoon rather than at midday when facial shadows can be unflattering. Take photos near open windows and doors that let the natural light flood in;
- Turn your flash off;
- Pick a plain background. Put up a sheet or use a blank wall so that items in the background don't ruin a great photo;
- Get in really close, closer than you may usually get so as to fill the frame with your baby's face, body or both;
- Keep clicking. Take heaps of shots in the hope that one of them will be really special.