Photo Tips from a Pro: Go with the Flow

Photographing your baby can be tough! The tears, the tantrums, the unpredictability and inability to stay put. What’s a mom to do? Professional photographer and mom, Me Ra Koh, says don’t sweat it. Here, she shows you how to turn your photo obstacles into opportunities. Be sure to read on after the video for more of her simple but effective tips for how to capture your baby at his best.

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Tips from Me Ra Koh:

Go with the Flow
Babies are unpredictable, so the best you can do is just go with the flow. What does your baby feel like doing? Does he want to roll around? Jump up and down? Let him do it, even if it means changing the photo direction. Forcing a set-up on him will create visible tension. “They pick up on that resistance and they’ll fight you even harder,” says Me Ra Koh.

Crying Can Be a Good Thing
Me Ra Koh advises keeping the camera nearby even when your little guy starts to get teary-eyed. “What’s interesting is that right after they do that whole crying spell is when I get some of the best snuggling into Mom and snuggling into Dad photos, because they’ve given up. The war is over!” So don’t be discouraged when your baby starts to blubber — there’s often a rainbow of smiles after the storm!

Make it a Mini Session
Make picture time enjoyable for both you and your baby by keeping things easy and stress-free. This may mean limiting to shooting for just 15 or 30 minutes. This shorter timeframe will allow you to create a photo session that’s full of energy. When you’re feeling spirited and inspired, your baby is going to give that energy back tenfold.


Smile at Your Baby
We all know how much babies like to imitate, so it’s no surprise that the easiest way to get your little bundle to smile for the camera is to smile yourself. “Babies are incredible in how they’re a reflection of us,” says Me Ra Koh. If you look like you’re having fun, your baby will have fun as well.

Watch Photo Tips from a Pro: Capturing Your Baby’s Story for more of Me Ra Koh’s tips on photographing your baby!

More About Me Ra Koh

Me Ra Koh HeadshotMe Ra Koh loves cameras, kids, and parents, and spends her life bringing them together. Her work and photo recipes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey ShowLifetime Television, VH1, Martha Stewart Living Radio and was the regular guest photo expert on The Nate Berkus Show (NBC) for two years. She is the author of the new bestselling book, Your Baby in Pictures: The New Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Baby’s First Year. Her photo tips have been featured in The New York TimesParenting magazine, American Baby magazine, Popular Photography and American Photo magazines, and her award winning photos have been on exhibit from New York City to San Francisco. Find her online at
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