CAPTURE THE MOMENT

PHOTO TIPS FOR BETTER BABY PICS

You don't get a second chance at those special moments with your new baby. Whether you're new to photography or not, we can help. Here are some simple tips for you to get adorable pictures as your little one grows from a tiny infant into an active toddler.

BABY VIEW

Use a GoPro to get interesting video and stills of your new family member. For example, mount it on a stroller, a jumpy seat, even your wrist while feeding. Keep up with all the crawling action by capturing the view at baby's eye-level with a selfie stick. Don't forget a couple extra memory cards so you never miss a moment.

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GO PRIME

Use a prime lens to take a portrait to last a lifetime. A prime lens allows for crisp focus on your baby, a beautifully blurred background (or shallow depth of field), and the ability to take pics in low light.

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LET THE SUN IN

Turn off your flash and use natural light as much as possible for baby pictures (midmorning or late afternoon have ideal light). Besides, avoiding a flash makes for a happier baby.

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NAP TIME CHALLENGE

Is your baby napping? Congrats (blissful, isn't it?). Now use this time for a fun way to take a unique shot: As your baby is sleeping, carefully arrange props around her and take as many pictures as you can. Create a story. Maybe she's sleeping on a cloud. Or she's the largest in a series of nesting dolls. Let your imagination run wild.

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GO MACRO

Feet, hands, ears… nothing captures the tiny details like a macro lens. With its ability to focus very closely, this is the perfect lens to put on your DSLR to take shots of the little features that change quickly as your baby grows. And bonus — a macro lens is also a great choice for portraits and low-light shots.

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GET A REFLECTOR

Sometimes overhead light (especially at midday) causes shadows that make it hard to see baby's face. A simple, collapsible reflector is an easy way to bounce soft light back at your child for a better-looking shot.

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ALL HANDS ON DECK

Enlist an extra set of hands to wrangle that baby. For close-ups, have an assistant hold your little one, but cover their adult arms in a blanket. You'll get a great picture and your helper's arms won't be visible. It's magic.

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MATCH YOUR BABY PHOTO

Find one of your old baby photos and try to match it with your young one. You can even use photo editing software to achieve a vintage, film-like look. Bonus points if you've saved any of your original baby clothes to achieve matching wardrobe.

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