3 Months is a milestone in a baby's development. Any parent can tell you this is when your baby transitions from newborn to bouncing baby. You will want to document this amazing time. 3 month olds can be challenging to photograph though they can’t do much on their own. If you struggled for ideas on how to photograph your 3 month old baby here are some tips to help you out.
1. Choose The Best Time
Don't try to take photos if it is right before nap time! Or if baby is feeling a little under the weather. A sick and tired baby will look sick and tired. It is best to wait for a good day to try to shoot a photo of your darling baby.
2. sweet talk
The 3 month old is recognizing their parents, and will sometimes share a smile with a stranger too. Before sticking a big camera in your baby's face spend a bit of time talking to him or her before getting started.
3. Find a spot with plenty of light.
Walk around and evaluate the light. Simple portraits of the baby can easily be done on a bed, or by laying down a pretty quilt on some floor space. Next to a window with soft light is ideal. (no direct sunlight) This will create harsh shadows on their little features. Watch for nice big catch-lights. (Catch-lights are the reflection of light in your eyes)
4. Don't forget the details
It often feels like babies are changing every day! Ask yourself what your baby has been doing lately. Like grabbing onto things, or making funny faces. Watch for little details. There will be a time when you will look back on these images and be reminded of these little everyday moments. I love little fingers, button noses and toes.
5. Tummy time.
Not all babies can hold up their heads, Tummy time is not loved by some babies. The window Of time for capturing a happy baby on their tummy is small, so be ready. Never put a baby on their tummy if they didn’t like it.
6. Use a boppy.
Cover the boppy or nursing pillow with a neutral print blanket. Some one should always be close by within arms reach just to the side. Snugly secure baby inside the pillow prop. From this point watch for facial expressions and how your baby is reacting to his new perspective. Keep talking and encouraging your little subject on how well they are doing. I guarantee you will capture that proud little smile.
7. Change it up!
A lot of times the textures from area rugs can make an awesome background. Or possibly a blanket that has repeating lines or a pattern. This is also a good time to play around with different hats, or change of outfits. Think about your composition and use of space. Try placing them just off center in your shot.
8 Get in the photo.
I know parents don’t always want to be in the photos. The last thing you want to be is a picture. You are still exhausted from having a new baby, but your baby will never fit the way they do in your arms again. You don't even need your whole body or face in the photo. Have someone take a photo of your babies feet while your hold him or her. This is so simple and natural. The lifestyle feeling of this image is so sweet to me.
9. Simple props.
It could be a special teddy bear, or a favorite blankie, or a basket. Just make sure the prop is safe for baby.
10. keep it quick.
Little babies are like puppies, too much excitement will tire them out. So plan to take their photos when they are most happy and know when to quit. It may be time to take a nap very soon.