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.
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.
- Include older siblings in the maternity pictures.
- 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.
- It’s always fun to take a few pictures in the nursery of the baby you are expecting.
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].
- 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.
- Don’t forget to capture a few details from the hospital [or your place of choice for the birth] that you want to remember!
- Siblings meeting for the first time is always an important one to remember!
- Hospital light can be tricky, so open the blinds to get as much natural light as you can.
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.
- Capture the details of their sweet hands and faces before they start waving them all around.
- Utilize natural window light while they will still sleep in bright light.
- Don’t forget Dad!
- 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!
- Try to keep your camera handy at all times, so you don’t miss a second.
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.
- Grandparents and great-grandparents holding their sweet new family additions.
- Your nightstand becoming baby changing central.
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.
- 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.
Be sure to come back next week when I’ll be sharing tips for capturing months 3 and 4.
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.