If you have a teeny tot in your family, you will most likely find yourself recording their every move, burp, giggle, step and snore. However, here’s a piece of info that won’t come as a surprise: it can be extremely difficult to get a really good photo of a baby.
From about 6 months onwards, our little ones start to get their very own little personalities, but that comes at a price. They’re at the stage where their finding their voices, feed and hands, so that means they will rarely keep still for long, let alone sit still. Therefore, capturing them at the precise moment that they’re giving you their cheesiest grin, or standing up (mostly) by themselves or giving their older sibling a kiss can seem like a military operation.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best ways to achieve the perfect photo of your little one, although of course to us, all photos of them are perfect.
Count yourself extremely lucky if your baby has Kate Moss qualities when put in front of a camera, because let’s face it, most of them won’t. Be prepared to delete about 200 of the 210 photos that you take, as your bundle of joy will probably be blurred, crying or pooing in the majority of them. Get geared up to get into a lot of uncomfortable positions that will include crouching to get that ‘die-hard professional photographer’ angle.
Pick your moment wisely
Waking up your child from their morning nap, or interrupting their dinner time is probably not the best time to have your photo shoot. Choose a time when they’re relaxed and happy, so they’re more likely to be at their most cooperative.
Be as inventive and imaginative as you like when aiming for the perfect shot. Use props from around your home that your child particularly loves, and use their special toys too which will help them relax a bit more. If you’re not feeling very creative after a long day of nappy changes and feeds, why not opt for a really cute and unique outfit? You could even create a theme for your photo shoot, which is a great idea if there are any holidays coming up, or if you want a photo for a special occasion, such as a grandparent’s birthday, for example. You could also involve older siblings to create lovely family photos.
Leave it to the professionals
If the idea of getting a perfect picture of your little one still sounds like an enormous task, or if you want them to be amazing, you may be best booking a professional photo shoot at a local studio. Many companies such as www.venturephotography.com have a number of studios in different locations, and will specialise in portrait photography, meaning you can sit back and watch them do all the hard work whilst you have a much needed rest. You will most likely also be given the chance to choose how you want your photos displayed too, which will eliminate another job for you.