Capturing Baby {First Two Months}

January 14, 2013

in Keli Hoskins, Newborn Photography, Photography Tips

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial


We are excited to introduce our new photography series for January!  From pregnancy to newborn to sitting up and the amazing details inbetween, Keli Hoskins will be sharing tips for capturing a baby’s first six months of life.

As a mom and non-professional photographer, my main goal in my photography is to capture our daily life in a way that [I hope] my children will look back on and appreciate. I hope they remember the smells of making cookies and the feel of the wind on their face while riding bikes and the water on their skin at the pool. But when it comes to having a baby in the house, it’s mostly about what I want to remember.

That newborn smell in their hair, the wrinkled hand wrapped around my finger, nursing in the dark while the rest of the house is asleep, tiny diapers, striped onesies, and pursed sleeping lips. Let’s face it, remembering the beautiful parts helps us forget about the sleepless nights and the crying and the massive quantities of spitup and poop, which is still wonderful, but in a completely different way.

In the first part of this series, I want to give you some tips on capturing the first two months of baby’s life.

1. Pregnancy

Don’t forget to document the pregnancy, if you have the opportunity. I constantly have people telling me, “I wish I would have taken weekly pictures when I was pregnant!”

  •  Take week-to-week pictures to show how much you change throughout the pregnancy.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tips

  • Include older siblings in the maternity pictures.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tips

  •  Put the camera in a safe place, set the timer and run as fast as your pregnant legs can take you to get a more “lifestyle” type photo.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  • It’s always fun to take a few pictures in the nursery of the baby you are expecting.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

2. Delivery

Capture the little things about the delivery that you may not remember without the photographic proof.

  • Of course, you want to take pictures of The Big Stuff on the day of delivery, but don’t forget the small stuff that made that day special [i.e., your last meal, your hospital or birthing center room number, your packed bag, or the ungodly hour you had to get up to make it to the hospital on time].

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  • If you want to capture the birth, hand your camera off to a trustworthy assistant, because I am fairly certain you won’t be taking pictures yourself.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  •  Don’t forget to capture a few details from the hospital [or your place of choice for the birth] that you want to remember!

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  • Siblings meeting for the first time is always an important one to remember!

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  •  Hospital light can be tricky, so open the blinds to get as much natural light as you can.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

3. Coming Home

Once you are home, use the first couple of weeks to get a few KEY pictures that you may not get once the baby is older.

  •  Most newborns sleep almost constantly for the first 2 weeks, so use that time to get those sweet sleeping pictures.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  •  Capture the details of their sweet hands and faces before they start waving them all around.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  • Utilize natural window light while they will still sleep in bright light.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  • Don’t forget Dad!

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  •  And don’t forget YOU!! You just did something AMAZING, so set the camera down or hand it off to include yourself in those first couple of weeks!

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  • Try to keep your camera handy at all times, so you don’t miss a second.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

4.  Life Changes

The baby isn’t the only thing that has changed in your life, so don’t forget to document those other changes.

  •  Your only child suddenly becoming a big brother or sister.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  • Grandparents and great-grandparents holding their sweet new family additions.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  •  Your nightstand becoming baby changing central.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

5. Most importantly, take a lot of pictures!

  •  Capture those priceless moments that you think you’ll never forget, because after a few kids and a few years and more than a few sleepless nights, you will forget.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

  • Don’t underestimate your phone. You will probably always have it with you, and with the bajillions of photo editing apps at your fingertips, you can get some amazing pictures without sacrificing too much quality.

I Heart Faces Newborn Photography Tutorial

Be sure to come back next week when I’ll be sharing tips for capturing months 3 and 4.

Keli Hoskins Keli Hoskins is a busy mom of 3 kids, 5 and under. She spends her days changing diapers and cleaning the house and playing Candy Land and doing laundry and snuggling babies and making dinner and occasionally taking pictures. And that’s just the stuff she does for fun! You can follow her life and photos at Kidnapped by Suburbia.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthi March 1, 2014

LOVE this! I’m in the process of desperately trying to capture all these fleeting moments with my little one.

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Amy @ Marvelous Mommy January 15, 2013

You always take amazing pictures! I loved seeing all your belly shots on Instagram and of course that sweet baby!! Great post!

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Jess January 14, 2013

Great post, as always, Keli!! :)

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tabitha January 14, 2013

i love my iphone 4s! most pics are on the phone :( just worried about print quality as it hasn’t proved to be too good!
luckily i caught some great newborn photos but time just slips away so fast! 3 months in a week! can’t wait for your next post!
thank you!

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susan keller January 14, 2013

Keli – You. are. awesome. And your pics are as awesome as YOU are. The end.

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