Portrait Photography Tips For Capturing Baby Moments

Baby PortraitAlthough we don’t specialize in baby pictures I did want to share some information and tips on capturing the baby moments that most people struggle with. But if you know how to do portrait photography, it should never be the case. If you want to take the best shots of your baby, here are the things to remember: 


Finding a good angle where to shoot from can be difficult for most since babies are more swaddled in rugs most of the time. The little flaws that you find for the newly-born babies don’t help either, so here’s what you can do: get close. Close ups can give you angles that will make it easier for you to capture the best baby portrait.  

You can do it by either using longer focal length or you physically moving in to the baby and then taking shots at a close angle. You can also get down low to take natural baby shots. Nursed shots are another way to get good angles as the baby is in a more human-like position opening up many angles that you can take advantage of.  

Macro Shots 

Babies are so cute and they have tiny parts which you can actually zoom in on with your camera, called the act of macro shots. If the camera has this macro mode feature, you can isolate each body part of the baby and utilize it for the focus of your photos. Taking shots for all the cute, tiny, little body parts of the baby and collecting them will make for great feature portrait shots.  

Check for Happy Times 

Another big challenge that photographers often found when taking baby pictures is that babies don’t often smile a lot. In fact, you will find them doing many other things, but seldom smiling. So take chances when you see them smile.  

Always be on the lookout. You can catch happy times when the baby is having a bath, mid morning feeds, and little play. When the baby giggles, this is oftentimes a time that you will capture a great portrait with its wide opened eyes and laughing mouth. 

Keep Your Camera Always Ready 

You never know when the baby is in the mood. So, always make sure the camera is nearby and is ready anytime the baby is displaying happy moments or expressing funny, little, and sometimes weird but fascinating, expressions. If the camera is out of sight, you will lose all those moments worth capturing in a portrait.   

Keep Shooting 

Babies rapidly change, in a daily manner, particularly in their early months. The change is quite exponential and is amazing to discover these changes. It makes for the best chances to photograph them and capture the best moments and angles. Don’t miss daily shots, because you can have great photos out each day. Do keep shooting and don’t stop even if the baby is growing up.  

Do Black and White Photos 

Black and white photos are great baby portraits. There are many reasons why. One is they hide little skin flaws such as marks, blotchiness, and scratches. They lessen the impact of these flaws when captured in a photo. Black and white also softens the shots. The cuddly, cute, soft characteristics of the babies can be accentuated by black and white background.  

You can also edit the intensity of the color. You can de-saturate or leave just little color in the shots so that the image comes softer. When it comes to portrait photography for babies, you can always do experiments with color to achieve a more dramatic and effective output. 

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