Baby photos are important to remember our children as they grow. In your quest to get great baby photos, don’t forget that knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. Avoid these top 5 baby photography mistakes to help get you get great baby photos.
1. Harsh Flash
Of course you need light for your baby photos but popping a harsh flash in the baby’s face is not only going to result in a bad photo, it is likely to result in a very unhappy baby. If you are unable to use natural light, such as from a large window with a sheer covering, be sure to diffuse your flash well and keep it distant from the baby’s eyes. Not only will your photos have a more pleasing look without harsh shadows, your baby’s mood should stay happy longer into the session.
Bare baby butts and bearskin rugs are so far past over that you need a time machine to find them stylish. Even the folded up newborn cradled in daddy’s hands has been overdone into oblivion. Naked baby photos are fast becoming the train track photos of baby photography. Not only will your children despise these photos when they get older, in this day of cyber predators, you are putting your child at risk when you share such photos online.
Opt instead for a simple cloth diaper that will not detract from the photo but still preserve your child’s dignity. A cloth diaper will look much better in photos than a disposable diaper.
3. Daredevil Poses
Sure, it looks cute to photograph a baby in an open dresser drawer…but that doesn’t mean it is safe. The same goes for kids in buckets or on any raised surface. Even very young babies can suddenly move without warning. It only takes a split second for tragedy to happen. Play it safe with your child, please.
4. Complicated Posing
Besides the risk of ending up on a site like awkward family photos, complicated poses are nothing more than a fast lane to a crying baby. Babies don’t understand the idea of posing and they certainly don’t like hot and scratchy outfits. Work on keeping the baby comfortable and don’t worry about the pose. Cute photos will come with a happy baby. This goes for trying to sit up babies who are too young to hold their heads up on their own. In addition to a cranky baby, you’ll most likely wind up with a collapsed mound that looks more like and angry frog than a sweet baby.
5. Waking Them Up
Whatever else you do, don’t wake up the child in order to take photos. Schedule your photo shoots around the baby’s nap time. Waking up the child only means a baby with even less patience than usual.