Newborn Photoshoot Ideas DIY at home
Those first few days with baby are so special. With those brand new, tiny fingers and round cheeks, you’re going want to capture their newborn looks, but professional photoshoots can be hundreds of dollars so here are some tips for Newborn Photoshoot ideas at home which you can DIY.
If paying for a photographer isn’t in your budget, you can still capture beautiful photos of your baby’s first days. Moms in the What to Expect community got to talking about how they DIYed their newborn pictures. Here are their newborn photos to help inspire you. Plus, the tips that got them through their photoshoots.
1. Get the newborn baby ready for a photoshoot
Make sure your baby is well-fed, sleepy, and warm. Mute your camera to make sure the sound of the camera didn’t startle your baby.
Try to do it in the morning when they are usually the sleepiest, and the light is best.
2. Let in a lot of light / Use fairy lights
Try to put the baby close to the open window so that a lot of light can come, and you have natural light to work with.
You can also use fairy lights around the baby to make the pictures visually pleasing.
3. Try a cute background
Try to use an artistic backdrop or fairy lights in the back so that the baby pop in the photoshoot, and the pictures come nicely.
4. Get close
Try to capture the details—their tiny yawns, smiles, finger, and toes.
Focusing on these details will remind you how delicate they once were and also might help you capture some moments.
5. Try different toys
Try to give the baby his or her favorite toys, so when they start playing with them, you can capture their pure and genuine emotions of happiness.
6. Try a different angle
Take the photos from at least three different angles. That will also give you more of a variety to choose from.
However, when taking the photo, do not shoot upward towards the baby.
What I mean by this is not to shoot the photo where you can see up the baby’s nose. It’s just not the right angle.
7. Use a pillow or some toy cushion to prop the baby up.
Use a cushion or some sort of pillow to prop up your baby, use a blanket as the backdrop & make sure the back is tight to get that infinite look.
8. Try different backgrounds
Set up a baby on top of diverse backgrounds. You can switch up the theme by using different patterned blankets and props like this elephant.
This from-above shot is also easy to get and allows babies to stay on their backs.
9. Be Patient
Have everything set up before you even pick up the baby and make sure you take some practice shots first.
Then, once you do, place the baby, have lots of patience, and be ready to stop and do it over in a while if the baby gets frustrated.
10. Edit your photos
Don’t be afraid to desaturate, play with tone curves in lightroom, go black and white, add a filter, and play around with HSL Curves. It can take a simple photo of a new look. You can use the Instagram edit features; the Photoshop express app or any other photo editing app you like.
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