Professional Looking Milestone Pictures: Setting the Stage

Milestone pictures are the hottest new thing in the world of new moms. As if we didn’t have enough on our plates with trying to feed, clothe, nap, and keep our new little fella alive- now we feel the pressure to take monthly photos! While they are adorable, trying to take the perfect picture of your baby can be a very frustrating challenge so here are a few tips that can help you create professional looking pictures of your precious little one.

Use a real camera.

If you own a real camera- use it. It definitely a little more of a hassle, but it will pay off. A camera allows you to select the mode and shutter speed that will be conducive to your setting. This means no wired focusing issues, no harsh flash, and no grainy cell phone photos.

Set the space.

Have a plan for the look you are going for and set the space. Lay out any blankets, props, and backdrops. Be sure to take a couple test shots of the space that way you can make any adjustments before you place baby in the scene. This is also a great time to check your lighting. It is always better to adjust the exposure and shutter speed on your camera to allow the right amount of lighting versus using an automated flash setting.

Outside pictures are great, but morning or evening light is better. The bright afternoon light often leads to a squinty, hot, and fussy babe.

Be mindful of babies age and development.

When setting up the space be mindful of your individual baby. Can he sit up unsupported? Is he naturally smiley or would sleeping pictures be better? Is he going to grab at the props? Don’t get so caught up in copying a Pinterest image that you forget what would be best for your baby. A lot of times I set up my space in an area of the house that I can close off from the dogs so that I can do the pictures in several sessions so that August didn’t become bored or frustrated.

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