Create lasting memories of your newborn with this expert guide from the team at Cat and Mouse Photo.
Babies grow and change so quickly, and you really do forget just how small they were during your first weeks together. With seven kids between us, we are still amazed at each and every photo shoot just how tiny and unique each baby is.
No matter how prepared you are for the onslaught that is motherhood, the first few weeks of your new life will pass by in a blur. Sleep deprivation is a form of torture for a very good reason! But you only get one go at photographing all the firsts, and with a little bit of planning and the help of our tips below, you’ll be able to create your own lasting memories and ensure you capture every moment.
Tip 1 – Timing
Babies are happiest when they have just been fed, so we always try to schedule studio photo shoots straight after a feed. Dress the baby in just a nappy, then wrap in blankets for the feed, so he is ready to go as soon as he is full and asleep. Studio shoots are best before the baby is 2 weeks old, as their skin changes and they become more alert and difficult to pose right around the 2 week mark.
Tip 2 – Get Mum in the Photos
So many times, the first thing new mums comment on is their hair, their appearance or their weight. I’m guilty of doing all three, and six years later, I still have the baby weight, and next to no photos of me with my three kids. Let go of trying to find the perfect time, and let the camera capture the special bond you have. These are the photos your family will treasure.
Tip 3 – Mix It Up
So many firsts happen during the first two weeks – meeting family for the first time, first feeding, first bath, first cuddles and first trip in the car. Lifestyle shots are a valuable way to document this time. Use these lifestyle photos to capture the time, the location, the family and friends present and the way your life has changed. Studio, or posed, shots will help you remember just how tiny and perfect your little one was. These come in handy right around 2 and a half years old!
Tip 4 – Posing
There are a couple of simple rules to remember when posing your newborn that help create great photos. First, try to shoot them head above bottom. A pillow or slight incline is perfect. Next, try to have five fingers and five toes visible. Tiny fingers and toes are a great measure of size. Use any natural light you can find and keep the room really warm. If you’re not a sweaty mess, your naked baby is probably cold! Lastly, keep props minimal. Your baby is the star, don’t let toys, hats and flowerpots steal the show!
Tip 5 – Processing
Newborn skin is often blotchy and easily scratched. Don’t be afraid to use black and white when editing photos. It can hide all sorts of skin blemishes and turn a colour disaster into a frame-worthy picture.
Catherine Boisvert and Amanda Ross are sisters who share a passion for photography, kids having fun, and avoiding a return to full time work. They recently started a photography business, Cat and Mouse Photo, and specialize in newborn photography and outdoor photo shoots of kids of all ages. To learn more, go to www.catandmousephoto.com.