TIPS & HINTS: CAPTURING THE PERFECT BABY PHOTOGRAPH
Here are some tips to help you capture the best baby photos.
- Getting your baby ready
- Baby is happiest and most comfortable after bath time
and feeding. So plan your photography session right after
then. Keep the photo shoot short and dress baby in
comfortable, light coloured clothing, or diaper only. Baby
looks best when hands are drawn close towards the chest or
- There are many positions you can place baby in, as
long as he/she is comfortable. If baby is on a bed, try
laying baby on his/her tummy or side, facing the camera.
Pillows under a blanket or towel are great to prop baby
up. If you prefer to photograph baby in a sitting
position, we suggest using a baby carrier or car seat
(reclined), that is covered with a blanket or towel. When
ready, get baby’s attention by playing with his/her
favourite toy or making funny expressions to make baby
- Sleeping babies also make beautiful photos. They are
easy to focus and easy to move around. Try to get baby's
little hands tucked in near the face and neck.
- Setting the scene
- The most important thing to remember when setting the
scene is to make sure you have good lighting, so that your
picture will look bright and clear. The best lighting is
natural sunlight. You can take beautiful, naturally lit
photographs indoor by placing your baby near a window or
doorway. Choose a time when the sun is not shining
directly into the window. You want a soft glow, with light
shadowing, rather than harsh, direct sunlight.
- When outdoors, be sure to avoid direct sunlight. If
possible, wait for some cloud cover.
- If you don’t have enough natural lighting, lamps and
your camera’s flash can also work well. Just make sure you
have enough lighting around the head to minimise dark
shadowing on the face or head. This can be achieved by
placing a table lamp near the head of your baby. When
using a flash, be sure to keep some distance between you
and your baby. A good rule of thumb is about 3 feet or 1
- For the background, try choosing a white or light
coloured area for the photograph. Too much colour,
pattern, or clutter behind the baby will keep the focus
off your baby. A simple, dark background can also work,
depending on the style announcement you choose.
- Finding the right angles and taking the photograph
- Learn to know your camera, and experiment with it
prior to taking your baby’s photos.
- Besides getting to know your camera, one the biggest
challenges is finding the perfect angle. The key to taking
great natural baby photos is getting down low to their eye
level. Baby’s eye contact is very important for beautiful
photos. These angles are generally more flattering for the
baby than those photos taken looking down from above. Move
in closely for more intimate shots, and try to centre the
baby in the photo.
- Take lots of photos. The more photos you take, the
better your chances of getting exactly the photo you want.
- If you are photographing your baby with siblings or
other people, try to get their faces close together.
- If you are using a digital camera, always set your
camera to the highest resolution and largest file your
camera can support (e.g., if you have a 5 megapixel
camera, you should select to shoot your photo as a 5
megapixel file). We recommend digital images to be at
least 1600x1200 pixels or 300 dpi. This will allow a small
bit of room for cropping and zooming, without compromising
too much quality.
- If you are using a 35 mm camera, 200-400 speed film
tends to produce the clearest photographs, especially with
today's auto focus cameras.
- Getting your baby ready
- When choosing the best picture for announcement, try
choosing a picture where the baby is not too close to
edges of the photo in order to leave room for zooming and
- Also, analyse the quality of each of the photos for
graininess, brightness, shadow, clarity and colour. If the
photo is blurry or grainy, then the announcement will be
the same. So, please choose carefully.
The above guidelines are meant to be used by a hobby
photographer, which when combined with Mylittletail’s design
and photo enhancement expertise, will produce the best,
professional-like quality photo possible. The above are only
general guidelines and may not work in all cases. If the photo
in question does not produce a print of the desired quality,
we will contact you to discuss further options.