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Everyone wants a perfect picture of their baby for their holiday photo cards or for just a keepsake. The hardest part of doing this is often getting the baby to pose. Follow these steps to get the results you want at the studio.
Bring your baby’s favorite toys or stuffed animals to the portrait studio. It’s a new environment for your baby, so having familiar objects will make them more comfortable.
Dress the baby for comfort. Often in the quest for that perfect picture, parents try too hard to dress the baby in something that is more attractive than it is comfortable. If your baby is uncomfortable, they will be agitated more quickly and be less likely to cooperate.
Arrive to the studio early so that the baby has time to get used to the new surroundings.
With a few helpful tips, you can take a professional style photo of you and your baby for your holiday photo cards.
Things you will need:
- A Baby (duhhhh)
- A Digital Camera
- A Black T-Shirt
- Mom or Dad (to hold the baby)
- A Photo Editing Program
Have mom or dad (or both) put on a solid black t-shirt and hold their baby in their arm(s) close to their body. Take more pictures than you think you’ll need so you have lots to look through to find your favorite.
Make sure you have good lighting because you don’t want to use a flash unless you have a special kind of flash or a diffuser on your flash. Natural light is good, or even a lamp to retain tones on your photos. The photographer should take pictures with the light behind them, and try and position everything so that there are no major shadows.
Load the pictures on to your computer. With your photo editing software, crop the pictures so that nothing but arms and the upper half of the baby’s body are showing. On your photo editing program change the picture (if haven’t used the option on your camera already) to sepia. Then use the brightness/contrast setting to adjust the contrast. The goal here is to get the black t-shirt to be a solid black background.
Once you’ve selected your favorite photo, it’s time to order Christmas photo cards to show off your newborn to friends and family.
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How do you get a great photograph of your baby for your holiday photo card, birth announcement or for a timeless keepsake? They don’t sit up, it’s not easy to pose them and they have short attention spans.
Here are 10 easy tips to help get the perfect picture:
1. Make sure your baby is happy, well-fed and well-rested, or plan to shoot them while their napping.
2. Plan to take photos for a least 30 minutes.
3. Have some one help you entertain your baby while you concentrate on taking the photos.
4. Use a simple, plain background and lay or sit baby on a white sheet, a white duvet cover or a plain blanket. Make sure there is no clutter in the background to detract from your baby.