When your parents were born, your grandparents may have bought boxes of baby announcement cards from a local drugstore and then hand-wrote your mom or dad’s name, birthday, weight, and length on each one before popping them into envelopes and mailing them at the post office.
While this was an effective way to alert their friends and family about their new son or daughter, the cards were, well, pretty generic. And unless your grandparents included a snapshot of their infant in each envelope, no one got to see what their newborns looked like.
Now your parents will soon be grandparents for the first time, and you’re looking forward to not only the birth of your baby but to also send out beautiful photo announcements so everyone can see your adorable bundle of joy.
In need of some tips and tricks on how to capture great photos of your newborn, as well as ideas on cute poses? Then consider the following ideas:
Find Inspiration from Birth Announcements
One great way to get ideas for how to pose your precious baby for his or her birth announcement photo is to find some inspiration online or at local gift stores. For instance, you can decide to buy your photo birth announcements from an online company like Minted. As you browse through their selection, you might be inspired to try one of the poses shown in a sample card — like maybe the snoozing infant or the wide-awake baby gazing at the camera. Now that you have an idea of what type of pose you want, it’s time to do what you can to try to capture it.
Hire a Professional Photographer
Maybe you’re not too keen on your photography skills or a close friend is gifting you a newborn photography session with a local pro. Either way, experts advise feeding your baby 20 to 30 minutes before the appointment. This way, your little one won’t be starving or start crying during his or her Kodak moment.
Additionally, if you decide on the adorable sleeping infant photoshoot, keep your little one up for a while prior to your session. This will help ensure he or she snoozes through most of it. And, if you’re going for the precious swaddled-in-a-blanket look, make sure to change your baby’s diaper and then swaddle and feed your infant. By going this route, you don’t have to try to remove a onesie from a sleeping baby, which is no easy task.
Or, Take the Pictures Yourself
There are several benefits to taking your own baby announcement photos, including not having to pay a professional and the fact that you can take the photos whenever is most convenient. To take photos that showcase your newborn’s oh-so-precious look, remember that simple is best. A single-colored onesie with a neutral-colored blanket and little hat will photograph well and not take away from a more distracting brightly colored and printed outfit.
Additionally, before snapping any photos, you’ll want to completely declutter the background space; after all, you don’t want to capture the perfect shot of your newborn, only to realize you have a pile of laundry or a messy coffee table in the background. As you take the photos, stand very carefully and directly above your baby as opposed to snapping photos from his or her feet looking up toward his or her head.
Enjoy the Photo Shoot, and Congratulations!
Like all new parents, you can’t wait to meet your baby and introduce him or her to the most important people in your life with a special photo announcement. By looking for inspiration for the perfect poses and then keeping these tips in mind, your infant’s photoshoot will be successful, stunning, and sweet.