How to take awesome photos of your baby at home with your smartphone by Marion Pelletant – Marion & You Photography
There’s often a silver lining in a tricky situation and the current lockdown may well be the best opportunity for you to finally have the time to take lovely photos of your baby. You have nowhere to go so why not grab your smartphone, turn the camera on and start experimenting in your home. With a bit of guidance, you’ll be surprised how gorgeous your photos of your baby will turn out.
As a professional baby photographer, I’m very excited to share five tips to help you capture memorable images of your baby in your home.
1. Look for the natural light
It’s all about the light. Look around your house or flat and identify where you get the most light.
Place your baby in a comfortable position (or in your partner’s arms or lap) next to this source of natural light, usually a window. Observe where the light falls on your baby’s face: either choose to have your baby facing the light (unless too harsh) or having the light on the side of your baby’s face to create lovely contrasts and depth.
2. Take photos of their details
No need to have props when you have a gorgeous baby with you, right? Their tiny fingers and toes are enough to be the focus of some of your photos. You will quickly realise how fast they will grow. Babies won’t keep the folds on their arms or legs for long so make sure you capture these details while they’re still small.
3. Capture their routine
Simple things such as nursing your baby, the early days of weaning when food gets everywhere, the splashes at bath time can be documented and should be. It may feel repetitive now but it won’t be in a few months’ time.
4. Clean background: how to train your eyes
When you have a baby, your house becomes easily untidy with baby clothes and muslins everywhere. Don’t panic. The only thing you need to be aware of when you take a photo of your baby is the background behind him/her. If it is messy or visually too busy, you don’t need to move everything around your house; sometimes you simply need to move yourself (eg. sideways or go low) to eliminate a bright toy or a pile of clothes in the background. Train your eyes a little everyday: take a photo, check out the background and try again if you think something is distracting from your baby’s head. It’s all about practice.
5. Be patient and wait for their quirky facial expressions
Babies are constantly on ‘repeat’ mode so if you are patient enough you will be able to take photos of these moments and catch a cry, a squint or a yawn. These make particularly funny photos.
Do you feel inspired to grab your smartphone and start taking photos of your baby like a professional photographer? I hope you are and don’t forget that the more you do it, the more confident you will get. And make sure you print your photos to remind yourself of this special time at home with your little one.
Photographer Marion Pelletant of ‘Marion & You Photography’ specialises in family and baby photography with a relaxed and natural style focusing on each family’s personality and bond. Born and bred in France, she first followed a career in advertising before creating her photography business. She lives and works in London, south of the river, with her family. https://marionandyouphotography.com