Photographing Babies

March 9, 2010

As the first year of your babies life goes on, milestone after milestone is passed faster than we realize. Your baby begins to recognize and respond to people around them, they begin to make gestures, they show interesting expressions and you have a lot more to work with in photographing them.

Simply making a sound your baby recognizes can evoke a darling expression, smile or gesture. By now they know smiles get them a lot of attention from adults, and they are learning to get your interest as often as they can.

From 3 to 6 months baby won’t be walking, and it is a great time to take photos of them lying outside in the yard, or holding themselves up with a handy coffee table or chair. You can invoke the help of an older sibling or friend to watch the baby and make sure it is safe while you are taking photos with your camera.

Photograph Baby Standing

Photograph Baby Standing

Between 6 and 9 months they are able to sit up, roll around as they try to crawl, presenting you with great opportunities to photograph them with their chubbiness before they lose all of that baby fat. Photograph them on a table, chair or even some dish or pan for a creative portrait of your baby.

They will imitate the faces you make and can now grab and hold on to favorite toys. And into their mouth it will go, as we all know only too well, so be careful what you give them to hold.

Around 9 to 10 months most babies are beginning to crawl, and may even be able to stand up using a table or chair as a prop. The closer they get to 1 year old the closer they are to walking, and the challenges photographing them will multiply.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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