One of my favorite endeavors for the past 18 months or so has been photography. I’m by no means a pro, but I’ve learned a lot and have been really pleased with some of the results! So, after experiencing three hospital births, I have some tips for getting some good newborn shots in the hospital.
1. If you’re taking photos in the delivery room, have a designated photographer. This doesn’t mean you need to actually pay for a birth photographer (though I really wanted one this time). Just make sure that you have a plan for taking photos–a family member, friend, or even a nursing student. This birth went really fast, so our photographer plan fell through. We had allowed students in the room, so right before pushing we gave the job to one of the students (we asked of course). I’m thrilled that we were still able to capture those miraculous moments.
2. If you are shooting in manual mode, use a low aperture. It will let in more light and help blur the background.
3. Natural light! This one is key. If you’re attempting a little newborn photoshoot in the hospital (which I highly recommend as they change so much in those first few days), make sure to open the blinds and let in as much natural light as possible. I shot this one right on my bed which was across from the windows.
4. Pack a blanket with good texture in your hospital bag (and any other “props” you’d like–a cute outfit, hats, etc). The hospital receiving blankets aren’t my favorite, nor are they the cutest in photos. So, having a blanket you can lay the baby on for a photoshoot is great.
5. Take advantage of that sleepy period. Most newborns are really really sleepy in the first 24 hours. So, it’s easy to move them around and position them for photos.
6. Key in on details – both room details (the clock, signs, hospital bands, hospital bassinet, equipment, etc.) and baby details. Lately, one of my favorite things with newborn photos is taking pictures of all of their little features (toes, hands, ears, nose, even umbilical cord) and making a newborn features collage.
7. Take lots of photos. You can’t get that time back and they change so much in those first few days & weeks. So, if you snap a lot, you’re pretty likely to capture at least a few “wall-worthy” shots of those precious first moments!
What are YOUR favorite newborn hospital photos?