We asked world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes for advice on taking great baby photos. Her tips and tricks can help you capture memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Keep your phone or camera handy at all times. The more familiar your baby is with being photographed, the more natural your pictures will be, because your baby’s curiosity won’t be aroused by the camera. And you’ll always be ready for those special spontaneous moments.
Consider the background
Keep your background simple to let your baby take „center stage” in the image.
Change your perspective
For a more personal point of view, get down to your baby’s eye level.
Ensure that your baby is safe, well fed, happy, and comfortable and you can be guaranteed some lovely images.
Time it well
Choose the time of day when your baby is happiest. Every baby is different.
Let there be light
I love using natural light. It is always more flattering to use the soft directional light coming in a window than the harsh light of a flash.
Go early or late
If you’re taking pictures outside, try to take advantage of the early morning or late afternoon light. The midday sun doesn’t bring out the best in anyone, and it can be especially harsh on your baby’s perfect skin!
You don’t need an expensive camera to take a great photograph, because the best image begins in your heart, inspired by your baby. So even if you don’t have the latest phone with the best camera, go for it.
The loveliest shots of your baby will most likely be candid ones.
Forget the props
The photograph is not about the props (no flowerpots please!). It’s just about your beautiful baby.
Make it personal
Take pictures in settings that have meaning for you. Making your images personal gives them an even deeper resonance.
They grow so fast
Remember, babies are only this tiny for such a short time. You might not believe it now, but you’ll forget how small your baby was in the beginning, so try to show your baby’s size in relation to the surroundings. For example, images of a baby’s hand in a family member’s hand are so poignant because they capture that sense of scale.
Put it in context
Try for a sense of place, as well. You might think you’ll always remember that day or the story behind the image, but it’s not always the case, especially as your baby gets older and has more and more experiences and adventures over time. A background that „sets” the image for you helps bring the story to mind when viewed years later.
Put yourself in the picture
Do try to include yourself in as many photographs with your family as possible. Your children will want to know what you looked like „way back then” when they were newborns and as they grew up. They’ll thank you for it later!
Save, save, save
Download your images regularly and keep them organized. For example, you can save them in folders grouped by months when your baby is young (so many changes occur so quickly in the early years).
When saving your images, try to add a keyword that will help you find the image later for a holiday card or scrapbook. Instead of „Amy Summer,” try „Amy 6 mo in hat” – something memorable, so you can locate it more easily months or years later.
Back it up
Always, always back up your images. They are valuable and irreplaceable.
Shoot some video
Moving pictures of those „small” spontaneous moments will be precious additions to your keepsakes.