Hello Under Lock and Key readers! I'm Gaby and I blog over at This Little Port. As a new mumma myself, I'm so very excited for Trish and Stu as they welcome their first baby. Trish asked if I could post some tips on photographing your baby, and I'm happy to oblige. I am by no means a professional photographer, just a mum who loves to take photos of her daughter. I hope you find these helpful and please let me know if you have any questions...
1. Capture everyday moments - Bath time, nappy changes, getting dressed, wiping little faces, nursing, rocking and cuddling. These are the moments that make up our days as mums, and the moments I think we'll be glad to look back on in years to come. Pia Jane Bijkerk snapped this shot of Clementine napping on my chest (and I edited it) and it's one of my very favourites.
2. Get your baby naked - Clothes can be distracting, and naked babies are just so damn cute. So make sure your house is warm, strip your baby down and get some shots of them in just a nappy or totally in the buff. I would also recommend a plain background like a cream blanket, so your baby is the focus.
3. Get down to their level - You'll get a completely different perspective when you get down to your baby's level. For this shot, I was lying on my belly on the floor. Make sure to move around and get different angles.
4. Don't forget the details - As well as photographing Clementine, I like to capture her environment: her clothes, toys, bassinet, and especially the things that people have lovingly made for her. This little bonnet, for example, was knit by her grandma.
5. Use natural light - Everyone looks better in natural light. In our house, the bedroom gets the best light thanks to its three large windows, so this is where I tend to take the most photos. You'll get to know your house, which rooms have the best light and at which times.
6. Have your camera with you all the time - This is probably the most important tip because not only will you get lots of practice (and practice makes perfect!), you'll also get lots of interesting photos. If I hadn't lugged my DSLR to the beach with me a few weeks ago, I would not have captured Clementine's first beach visit. In fact, I just invested in a second camera - a smaller, lighter camera that is easier to take with me. And I plan to. Everywhere.
7. Know your gear - I know, this is scary but worth it. For the last year I've been shooting exclusively on manual and my photos are so much better for it. So get your manuals out, take a photography workshop (online or in the flesh), read some books and get your camera off auto. Also, practice makes perfect.
8. Get close ups - Is there anything cuter than baby toes? I think not. I'm constantly getting photos of Clementine's fingers, toes, tiny ears, belly button etc. They're some of my favourites.
So that's it... have fun photographing your babies and congratulations again Trish!