So you’ve finally had that little bundle of joy and now you want to share them with the world! But, how do you get a photo that paints you as a super model instead of a sleep deprived zombie?
You know the ones!
Mummy sitting pretty all clear eyed, smiling brightly. Baby looking calm, chubby and completely adorable. The photo so clean you could almost swear that they were sitting in front of you the whole time!
Yup, those photos!
Sometimes you can fluke it but mostly it takes several shots to get that one perfect picture. So many people will just shrug and say “I just had a baby! Who cares how I look?”
Well, just because you’re parent now doesn’t mean you can’t look as awesome as you feel. I have so many pictures of me and my children. I still regret that so many pictures have me as a frumpy dumpy housewife (nothing against housewives. I’m one myself) So, why not put you best foot forward… or in this case best face!
Don’t stress the photos are easy even if it does take time, But that’s why they created the “burst” shot. They are so easy, in fact, You can even use your phone!
So how do you do it?
For Mum and Dad
Always start with a shower!
I know! Its so simple and regular that you’ll probably be thinking.
“But why are you mentioning this?”
I bring this up because its so easy to forget to have a shower when you have a newborn (one of those things that nobody ever tells you can happen) A shower will set the mood for your photos. You will feel clean, clear headed, and just so wonderful.
Wear comfortable clothing!
This point is probably self explanatory too, but being in clothes that are uncomfortable will deteriorate your photo happy self very quickly. So aim for something chic and comfortable. Abiding by this rule will also help if the photo session takes longer then you think. (It will because it so much fun).
Go for a natural look!
Don’t give yourself dramatic make up (unless of course that’s your thing)
Go for a minimalist look. The aim is to look soft and maternal not like a fierce party girl. You want to make the other mums swoon at your natural glow and pristine skin.
Always straighten your spine!
You may not feel like standing up straight but doing so will Make you look healthier and will stretch lose beaten joints and muscles.
Show me your best side… so important.
If you get this right your body will look leaner and meaner.
Make Sure Baby is Clean and Full.
A new nappy and a full tummy makes baby sleepy. Keep her warm (or him) and they will be easy to pose and work with to get that perfect shot. Comfort your bundle through the whole experience and you’ll be smiling at the end.
Dress Baby in the Cutest Outfit!
Have fun with this!
Baby boy will look adorable dressed in suspenders
Baby girl will look priceless in a tutu
but they are classics for a reason. Just have fun with it! There are so many stores online that sell the perfect outfits for the photos. I always favoured Ruffle bums!
Like I said these photos can be captured on your phones or smart device. No need for you to spend thousands on a brand new camera. You can get some amazing apps for iPhone and android.
I have an iPhone and I use camera+ you can set this camera to burst mode and it will catch shot after shot. Be careful though it’s slow in burst mode so if you move before it’s finished it will capture some great blurs or ground shots.
I tend to get frustrated with it so I just continually tap the capture button.
You need the best, cleanest light. This step is important the better the light the better the picture. A good rule of thumb is later mornings (about 10 am) this time of day limits the shadows cast by your chosen backgrounds and lightens up the star of the picture. (That being bubba bundle and you!)
You want a background that is minimalistic. This keeps you and your baby as the main focus. A blank wall is always good. Or use a nice outside setting such as a park. Just make sure to keep the background “quiet”.
After the Photoshoot!
Once you’ve spammed the capture button a great editor is recommended (you don’t have to. Sometimes the perfect shot needs no editing)
I use Snapseed to edit my photos.(again another smart phone app) You can control almost all aspects of the picture. Like I said sometimes the best shot to use needs no editing but others may need something as simple as crop. Be sure to restore the photo to its original form if you transfer your pictures from the smart device to computer Snapseed edits are not computer friendly.
Post your favourites to your social media sites or print them off for your loved ones and just wait for the complements and praise.
These are some of my favourites I took with my phone!