Tampa Newborn Photography Tips

A new baby is a bundle of joy. You can make the most out of your baby’s first moments by purchasing newborn photos. These photos will allow you to capture your newborn in a bunch of adorable poses so that you can look back on your child as a baby for many years to come. Here are the most important newborn photography tips for new moms and dads in Tampa.

1. Safety First!

Certain poses can harm your baby! A lot of the adorable newborn photos you can see online are composite images. The newborn is supported throughout the entire time by one or more persons and then the photos are cut into pieces using Photoshop. 

Even when you are doing poses that aren’t as complex, it is still necessary to be capable of reading your child. If your child squirms or is agitated, the position they are in may not be comfortable for them. Doing a test pose with your child is the best method to be sure that they feel at ease.

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2. When Should I Take Newborn Photographs?

The newborn photos are best captured between 5 and 8 days after the birth. After 10 days, babies start feeding in clusters and this means that they are eating throughout the day. The baby may become easily overwhelmed when taking photos. And this can be a problem.

Newborn sessions last about 2 hours so take note of your newborn’s sleeping hours. This will assist your photographer to determine the most suitable time to bring you to your newborn session. Over the years, I’ve observed that the most effective timings are in the early morning.

You should also take into account the date of birth when determining when to snap photographs. If your baby is a preemie, you will be able to extend a bit of a period to shoot photos. For instance, if your baby was born four weeks before the due date, you could possibly get the pictures taken between 1 and 4 weeks.

3. The Binky

There is a lot of debate about whether or not to utilize a pacifier. But, the pacifier is popular with photographers. This can help calm the baby in the absence of mom being near the infant. It also allows photographers to change from one pose to another and calm the baby while doing so. While it is a great tool to soothe your baby, however, you should not use it in your photos of your baby. It’s tacky and you’d like to be able to remember your infant with their boxer. In the end, it’s the parents’ decision on what they’re at ease with. As photographers, we’ll discover a way to work with any situation.

4. Capture Detail Shots

Hands, feet and a tiny button nose are only tiny for so long. Making sure you capture the size of everything is essential. When I am taking detailed photos of a baby, I make sure to also take them using something that I can gauge the size of their body. Like, for instance, photographing the feet of a newborn with mommy and dad’s rings, or taking a picture of the baby securing the pinky fingers of daddy.

5. Lighting

The lighting is vital for great photos. The most effective illumination is from natural sunlight or even window light. In Christina Louise Photography, we have a light box identical to the color of the sun which results in stunningly colored images.

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6. Props

Make sure to include props of particular significance. Examples of props we have used in our studio include blankets made by a grandparent or other loved one, or presents with significance like stuffed animals, or other memorabilia.

7. Vaseline or Aquaphor

Newborn babies peel. It is a result of being inside the mother’s womb for nine months, covered in amniotic fluid. Place Vaseline or even Aquaphor onto the peeling, and the baby will appear like they’re not.

8. The Best Clothes Aren’t Expensive!

There are a lot of adorable outfits to choose from. However, a lot of them “swim” onto a newly born baby. This could make the baby appear as if they don’t have a neck, and can make them appear unattractive. Professional photographers will use outfits designed specifically to photograph newborns. They are made from an elastic fabric that will stick to the baby’s body. Generally, they are cut low to ensure that the baby is secure and you are able to see every single detail of the newborn. 

Schedule a Photo Shoot With Christina Louise

Your experience is just as important as your images; you should connect with your professional newborn photographer and be excited to work with them! Being comfortable with whoever is taking these photos will help you relax in front of the camera, which makes for lovely photos you’ll want to share with family and friends.

Christina Louise Photography specializes in newborn photography in Tampa FL, capturing the intimate moments of maternity, motherhood, and childhood. As visual storytellers, we turn your most intimate moments into lasting memories. Contact us today to learn more about scheduling a photo shoot and our newborn session packages!