Photographing babies is incredibly fun and creates reminders of wonderful memories. This week, Keli Hoskins has some tips to help you make sure those memories look as good on camera as you felt while making them.
I have a one-year-old baby girl, Lucy, and a 4-year-old girl Emma. They have been my life for the past year. Throughout the past 12 months, I have done my best to capture the special moments in Lucy’s life — her milestones, her beautiful smiles, her not-so-beautiful tears and most importantly, her amazing presence in our home.
From the moment she came flying into our lives…
image credit: my husband
I’ve tried to capture Lucy — not just a random baby that’s currently living in our house.
I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with posed portraits, but I wanted to have photos of our baby girl that show her personality, her curiosity, her love for her sister, her sleeping patterns, her eating habits and everything about her that I want to remember forever.
Here are just a few ideas of ways to capture a baby’s first year in their natural environment:
- Dressing babies up is so fun and wonderful for portraits, holiday cards and special occasions; but if you want to capture the everyday, don’t worry about changing them out of their pj’s or brushing their messy hair.
- Capture the everyday activities that you think you’ll remember forever. I know when I’m living it every single day, I think to myself, “I’ll never forget that look on her face when she stretches after a nap,” but that’s just one of the 4 million cute things she does in a day that I probably will forget over time.
- Don’t forget big brothers or sisters!
- Use light that you already have … windows!
- Babies make messes!! Capture them eating spaghetti and knocking records on the floor and unrolling the toilet paper roll and shoving dirt into their mouths.
- Use “props” that you already own.
- Babies are curious! Capture them being the inquisitive babies that they are born to be.
At the end of the year, I can look back and really see what happened during those 12 months with Lucy in our lives. I remember things that I had forgotten. I discover new things that I missed the first time around. And I recognize who she has become in such a short period of time.
And apparently, she has become scared of our dogs.
Keli Hoskins is a lifestyle photographer who loves coffee, yellow, talking about her two awesome kiddos, Jesus, using an ellipsis incorrectly, running, sweet tea, and shooting wide open. She doesn’t love frogs, wearing heels, orange vegetables, alarm clocks or the dentist. (No offense to any of the above.)