Hi! I'm Roxy from Roxy Lee Photography, and I wanted to take some time to put together a blog for my wonderful families who I am unable to photograph during this time, due to these extraordinary circumstances we are finding ourselves in. I hope that this is a helpful resource to capturing some beautiful memories of your little one.
Capturing those precious moments of your baby throughout their first month will create lasting family memories for generations. And more often than not, we only have the camera on our phones handy during those beautiful, spontaneous moments. Photographing those first cries only happens once. This is their beautiful beginning, their very first life experiences. And you need to capture it. I love nothing more than posing a brand new baby and photographing them in my studio. But, being a mother myself to one amazing child, some of my most treasured images have been captured on my phone. Images that show their personality, the mess that they make and the everyday craziness I never want to forget.
Here are some tips to capturing those incredible moments in your baby’s first month…
1. Look for the light. Watch as it falls across your baby. Touching the screen on your phone to adjust your exposure.
2. Take photos in the morning as I find babies are usually happier at the beginning of the day.
3. Get down nice and low to view the world at their level.
4. Try to avoid unflattering angles, as a photographer I always avoid shooting up babies nose, play with different angles.
5. Babies tend to sleep a lot in those first few weeks of life. So to capture those sleepy peaceful moments make sure your baby is warm, well fed and feels secure.
6. Come in nice and close to capture all those perfect little baby features, their hands, tiny feet, and beautiful faces.
7. Exist in photos with your baby. Take turns with your partner to photograph those special moments when you’re interacting with your baby while they’re awake or when you’re rocking them off to sleep. When they’re older they’re going to love looking back at these amazing memories.
8. Turn off your flash. It can be very unflattering to your baby.
9. Don’t forget to look at what’s going on in the background. Busy backgrounds can be distracting so keep it nice and simple.
10. Edit your photos using apps like Lightroom Mobile for a more finished look.
11. Then share your images. Upload them to social media and share with friends and family around the world.
12. You can also create beautiful video slideshows and remember to print your photos so you have them forever.
13. Most importantly - Have fun!!!
14. Keep it simple. There is no need to add lots of elements to an image, just baby is perfect.
14. And lastly, don’t forget to backup your photos for safe storage.
It has taken me years of training and practice to pose babies in props and certain positions, please do not try to recreate images in props or positions you are not sure of. Make sure if you have a camera that is heavy, that you always wear the strap around your neck, and keep it simple and safe.