6 Tips for Photographing Your Newborn … from a Pro

Now that I’ve had three kids, the number one item I tell my newly pregnant friends to invest in is a good camera. Because once that baby comes out, you won’t be able to stop clickin’. Every single little thing they do is perfection — and it must be captured. Am I right? Well, I asked my very talented friend, Jenny (of Jenny Lee Photography), who specializes in newborn photography, for some insider tips. How does she get those amazing, artistic, heartfelt photos? (Besides raw talent, that is.) Here’s how.

  • Capture Your Newborn

    Capture Your Newborn

    This is my son, Little, all cozied up in a beanie. Read on for great tips.

    Copyrighted photo used with permission from Jenny Lee Photography.

  • Book a professional newborn portrait session when pregnant

    Book a professional newborn portrait session when pregnant

    (And in the meantime, photograph that belly!) Those first 12 days of life are the ideal time to capture your baby. This is when newborns are really fresh, and before things like baby acne sprout (around 3 weeks of age). Do your best to plan ahead with a professional photographer.

    Copyrighted photo used with permission from Jenny Lee Photography.

  • Photograph your newborn in his own skin

    Photograph your newborn in his own skin

    Birthday suits are the best. Avoid those sweet little outfits that are usually a bit too big and bulky at the very beginning. Pure, fresh, soft — even flaky — skin is what makes a newborn so precious and unique.

    Copyrighted photo used with permission from Jenny Lee Photography.

  • Get camera happy

    Get camera happy

    Throughout the first month — especially — photograph your newborn at home every single day. You’ll be amazed how quickly they grow and change in a matter of a week.

    Copyrighted photo used with permission from Jenny Lee Photography.

  • Demonstrate scale

    Demonstrate scale

    That teeny tininess doesn’t last long, so be sure to use items in your pictures that show your baby’s size. Consider things like a magazine (even better if it shows a big culturally relevant topic), a remote control, or a pillow. It’s amazing to look back and see how little your baby was (even just last week).

    Copyrighted photo used with permission from Jenny Lee Photography.

  • Don't hide behind the camera

    Don’t hide behind the camera

    It’s easy to get obsessed with capturing your new baby, but don’t forget to photograph yourself with your newborn too. Mommy-and-me moments are some of the most special ones. When your baby grows up, she won’t look back and say, “Look! Mom didn’t have makeup on.” Or “Mom’s hair isn’t washed!” etc. She’ll just see the love.

    Copyrighted photo used with permission from Jenny Lee Photography.

  • Don't forget the details

    Don’t forget the details

    Learn to love flaky skin (even the cradle cap). That belly button (or umbilical cord stump … it usually falls off within 10-15 days). The wrinkles on his back or forehead. The sweet little bubbles that form on her lips while she sleeps. Those bizarrely long nails that can come straight from the womb. These are all the little details you think you’ll never forget … but oh the sleep deprivation!

    Copyrighted photo used with permission from Jenny Lee Photography.

Now pick up your camera, test out these tips, and share which ones you found to be most helpful in the comments. I can’t wait to hear what worked for you!

All slideshow photos are copyrighted by Jenny Lee Photography and used with permission.

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