Tips for Photographing Newborn Babies

How to Best Photograph Newborn Babies


Do you have a new baby in your life? Is there a newborn dozing next to you while you read this? If you have recently found yourself with endless opportunities to take baby photos, we have some suggestions for you!


  • Safety should always come first. Don’t use hard or sharp objects as props. Never place your newborn on high or unsteady surfaces without a spotter. Use common sense!

 

  • Photographing Newborn Babies Tips By ScanMYPhotos.com

    Try different angles. A lot of kids are all swaddled up when they’re first born, so it can be hard to get more than a little red face in your photos. So try different photo angles:  Get down low next to them, take some close-ups, stand on a stool while they’re sleeping in their crib, or even get a photo of them nursing.   


  • Keep an eye out for happy times.  Newborn babies don’t really spend a lot of time smiling. (Let’s be honest: They don’t spend a lot of time doing much of anything!) But keep an eye out for the times when he or she seems to be at their most settled and content. They may not smile yet, but there are times in a daily routine which are better than others for photos.

  • Go Macro! If your camera has a macro mode (or if you have a macro lens) use it to isolate a single body part and make that the focus of your shot.

  • Keep taking photos. Babies change every day, especially in the first few months, it’s exponential and quite amazing to watch. However, unless you’re looking for the changes you can easily miss them so it’s it’s important to take shots regularly.

  • Remember that your baby is not the only potential subject – grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends all can add context to the scene. You’ll appreciate having more than just photos of the baby by themselves!

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Making Your Photography Hobby Into a Business

Are you getting a ton of compliments on your picture-taking skills? Are people asking you to do impromptu portrait sessions?  Maybe it’s time to think about taking your photography hobby to the next level!


Photography can be a great way make some extra cash, but there are some things to think about before you set up a business and get into photography as a line of work. Here are a few tips to get you started:  



  • Make a business plan. Anyone starting a small business needs to have one of these. A business plan will serve as your roadmap, describing what you are doing and how it will be profitable. Remember to include things like ownership, cash flow, expenses, and competition.
  • Find your specialty. Are you a nature photographer? A wedding photographer? Is your expertise newborn photos, pet photos, family gatherings or portraits? Be very clear about what services you offer and your area of expertise. Having a genre will help establish your brand and stating your services offering to potential clients.
  • Make a portfolio. It’s important to be able to show off what you’re able to do. So, before you try to turn your hobby into a business, take the time to build your portfolio. You’ll want to show off images that reflect the style of shoots you want to do on a regular basis.
  • Participate in photo contests. This is a GREAT way to find out to see how your work measures up to that of other photographers at the beginner, amateur or professional levels. And,  if you’re lucky, you’ll get a prize!
  • Consider online photography. Stock photography is in high demand and is a practical way to make some money. Advertising and marketing agencies, bloggers, websites, publications — and many more! — all make regular use of stock photos. And you can sell stock photos of pretty much any genre. You can find a list of websites where you can sell your photos here: https://www.theworkathomewoman.com/selling-photos/

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3 Pro Photography Tips from Expert Photographers

Pro Photography Tips Mastery is only achieved through active learning. The ability to learn, practice, and keep an open mind is key to becoming a master at any skill—especially, photography.


If you’re looking to enhance your photography skills for the next photo shoot with the family, we’ve got a few more tips for you to learn. Check out these pro photography tips to help you every time you go to take a pic:


Elena Blair@elenasblair


Who is she? Elena’s lifestyle photographs possess a truly magical feel. She captures the real-life moments of her subjects and reflects the essence of who they are as individuals and who they are together.



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How to Take Incredible Party Photos

party photosWe are officially at the height of party season. Christmas and New Years will be here before you know it and we’ll be attending all sorts of parties and events to celebrate.

 

So, to ensure you’re snapping the best possible party photos at your next shindig, we pulled together the following list of tips and tricks.

 

Take a look:

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Surprising Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Print Photos

print photosIf you’re like most people, you have a lifetime worth of photos stored in your home. While you may be in the process of digitizing print photos taken before the Digital Age, it’s still essential to preserve your photos.


While you may think you’re doing everything to ensure analog pictures last for generations to come, you may be surprised to learn about the following three factors that can damage your favorite shots.


Underestimating the effect of indirect light


Most of us are aware that direct sunlight contributes to a photograph fading over time, but indirect light can be a factor as well. Even a bright lamp can cause similar negative effects. To preserve the vibrancy of your photos, keep framed shots under UV blocking glass. While this may add to the cost of framing, you’ll be glad you made the investment. If the photo is special enough to be framed, it’s worth preserving. And of course, always make a digital copy of framed photos.


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Like to keep snapshots on the fridge? Keep in mind these will fade and curl fast. And remember, if you need help restoring an old photo that’s showing signs of damage, we can help!


Storing precious memories in the basement or attic



The ideal environment for extending the life of your photos is one that’s dark, cool and dry. While attics and basements may be the perfect place to store old clothing or toys, it’s not good for photographs. Depending on where you live, basements can get too humid and are subject to flooding, while attics get hot in the summer if they don’t have climate control.


Instead, store your keepsakes on a bookshelf in your home. When it comes to print photos, the cooler and dryer, the better.


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