Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gerber Baby. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Getting a “good” photo of your baby, infant, or toddler can be almost near impossible but there are some tricks of the trade out there that make the task not so daunting. Today I wanted to share 5 tips to get some great pictures of your baby without even trying!
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Babies are unpredictable so therefore tears and tantrums are to be expected. Don’t be afraid to keep the camera shooting rather than waiting for that perfect pose or moment because the 20-30 shots will be one winner and that’s all that matters. I always have my camera or phone out because you never know when you may get the “perfect” shot, even if no one else thinks it’s perfect.
When photographing babies, you may need to be overly silly to get the best reaction from your subject. Making funny faces, playing hide and seek from behind the camera, or making silly noises are just some of the ways I get my son to smile. It’s really not hard since my son is practically always smiling but if your baby isn’t the smiley type, there are so many ways you can coax a smile onto an infant’s lips. You should work fast to capture the moment so choose a fast shutter speed of 1/500s or more, use a wide aperture (f/1.8-f/4) for a blurred background and shoot!
If you are wanting a posed shoot, typically shot within the first 2-3 weeks of baby’s birth, have your expectations set before the photo shoot. Babies are usually pretty sleepy and “mold-able” during this time which can make for an easy session but a dirty diapers, needing to feed baby, potty breaks, ect can take up a lot of time. It is a great idea to have some poses in mind before you arrive at the session. Bring 2-4 different setups and that’s all.
There are a lot of “firsts” that happening with 1 year (and even past that). Photographing all of them could be hard to do but trying to catch the big ones can be fun. With Ben we are doing Baby Led Weaning so every breakfast and dinner I photograph what he has eaten. I love catching his facial expressions when he tastes something new for the first time and completely hates it or instantly loves it. Avocado was his first food at 5 1/2 months old and today he had watermelon for the first time.
Your baby will grow up right before your eyes so purchasing some monthly stickers is a great way to look back and just how small they use to be and how big they are at 1 year old.
I hope you can use some of my pointers. I’d love for you to join the Gerber “Be Our Baby” Photo Search. Make a MyGerber account at Gerber.com/Photosearch and enter your baby to win the Grand Prize of $50,000, one year of Gerber food and the chance for your child to star in a future advertisement for Gerber as the 2014 spokesbaby! You can enter the search from now until November 12, 2014.
Just head over to Gerber.com and upload a favorite, recent photo of your Gerber baby. The Photo Search is for children up to 48 months of age. Only recent photos will be accepted. They must have been taken within 30 days of the submission in order to qualify. In addition, Gerber is awarding $5,000 to six winners in each Milestone category. Winners will be chosen based on the highest number of votes in each category on MyGerber.
The Milestone Categories are Birth+, Supported Sitter, Sitter, Crawler, Toddler, Toddler 2+.
MyGerber.com is a great free resource for nutrition guidance, tracking your baby’s growth and access to Gerber experts. The site packed with personalized features, content, and interactive tools to help you nourish your baby right, right from the start.
Voting will begin November 17th and ends on December 14th. Anyone can cast votes for the six Milestone categories and the Gerber panel of judges will select the Grand Prize Winner from all eligible photo entries in January 2015.
Pictures will be judged on (1) visual appeal of the child in the photo; (2) expressiveness of the child in the photo; and (3) consistency with Gerber’s heritage and mission.