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6 Simple Newborn Photography Tips

Newborn photography tips – by Lori Epstein, senior photo editor, National Geographic Kids. This is not a compensated post – as a #NGKidsInsider, I love being able to share cool tips and info from their amazing team with you guys!

As moms, we love taking pics of our family. And some of the most amazing photos are the ones we capture of our babies when they are just brand new little ones, right? There are a million amazingly talented photographers out there that can do professional photo shoots for you, but it’s also awesome to be able to snap those little everyday moments on your own. So, I’m excited to bring you some amazingly smart newborn photography tips from National Geographic’s senior photo editor, Lori Epstein. If you have other tips to share too, leave them in the comments!

Newborn Photography Tips for New Moms

6 Simple Newborn Photography Tips

  • Seek out ideas: Browse the internet and books for photos and poses that you can use as inspiration. But remember: Many newborn photographers often composite multiple images together to get that perfect shot!
  • Use natural light: Turn off your flash and open the window shades. Position the baby at an angle to a window as this creates soft shadows, which add critical depth to an attractive portrait.
  • Blankets are your friend: Keep your baby comfortable by using an electric blanket. Other big blankets can be used as a backdrop, especially ones with chunky textures that work well in contrast to your baby’s soft, smooth skin. Drape the blanket on your bed and over the headboard to create an easy backdrop.
  • Sneak in some practical tools: Stick a wee-wee pad under a blanket, just in case, and use a bobby pillow to help pose your baby. To help soothe your baby, download a white noise app on your smartphone, turn up the volume and put the phone under the blanket near your baby.
  • Get in the picture: Hand the camera over to someone and let them photograph you with your baby. These photos will be priceless for your child as he or she grows up.
  • Make Prints: Don’t let those photos sit in your camera! Print them out and share them!

Lori Epstein is the National Geographic Kids senior photo editor behind the heartwarming and inspirational Welcome to the World baby keepsake book. An accomplished photographer herself, she has photographed five books for National Geographic and contributed to dozens more.

Want more awesome tips? Check out my boards on Pinterest: All About Baby, Frugal Tips for Busy Moms, and Take a Better Photo!

Do you have some awesome newborn photos you’d like to show off? Whether it’s a new baby of your own, or your a photographer who wants to share your work – I know we’d ALL love to see them! Tweet them to me at @sunandsipcups, or post them to my wall on Facebook :) Thanks for reading – and I hope you found a tip or three to help you capture better moments in your photos!


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