Your baby will experience so many amazing movement milestones during her first year. There’s a lot of action that takes place in between the first time she rolls over to the day she starts walking on her own! And capturing those precise moments in pictures can sometimes be challenging.
“The more active your baby is, the more patient you have to be to capture those movement milestones,” says Lisa Turner a professional children’s and baby photographer in Denver, Colorado. “It might take 50 to 100 shots to get one picture that is fantastic.”
The good news is that you don’t need to invest in a super-expensive camera, whatever you’re willing to use on a regular basis will do. Here are the tips you need to take amazing pictures of your baby’s precious movement milestones.
Focus on light.
Proper lighting is essential.This is especially true when using a smartphone. You can’t manually adjust the shutter speed on a smartphone camera, but those adjustments do happen automatically based on the amount of available light. “A dark setting is going to give you a slow shutter speed, which will make your picture turn out blurry,” says Turner. “Having ample light allows you to capture baby’s action and freeze it.” Natural light is best, so head outdoors with baby or find a room with north-facing windows for consistent, even light.
Move in closer.
If your cutie is walking, you’re going to want to capture more than just a little speck standing solo in the backyard. To really photograph the action, get in close. Try engaging with your little one to capture natural expressions. Enlist an older sibling to serve as your official photographer’s assistant and have her playfully talk to your little one while you snap the fabulous pics.
Use angles to your advantage.
Is your sweet pea rolling over and picking up her head, but not sitting up yet? For best results, put a blanket down and stand over baby so that you can shoot pictures of her from above. If you’ve got a crawler, position her far enough away so that she can crawl toward you and you can take pictures of her in action. Try getting down low for an angle that will allow you to photograph baby’s face as she moves toward you.
Consider your timing.
There are certain times of day that offer ideal lighting conditions for taking great pictures of your little one’s movements. If you can, shoot your pictures first thing in the morning for some of the most pleasing light. Another great option is the last hour before sunset, which professional photographers often refer to as “the golden hour” because of the gorgeous and hazy golden light that is given off by the setting sun. If these two options don't work with baby’s schedule, pick a shady spot outdoors at any time of day.
Finish with an app.
Once all of your fabulous pictures have been taken, you can create a keepsake scrapbook of baby’s movement milestones. Before you print, do a quick search on editing apps so that you can add some finishing touches to your pics. Many apps offer filter options, cropping features, blurring tools, and more that will make your pictures look as if they where shot by a pro.