For some years now, Leni Moretti has been travelling around Germany taking wonderful photographs of German families. She knows how to capture precious family moments with grace and simplicity, making her shots authentic and full of love. Some of Leni’s lovely photographs can be seen across our photo baby thank you cards and baby announcements, even our photo posters!
When Leni is not behind the lens, she works on her German blog www.lenimoretti.com/blog, which gives great advice about taking photographs of children in their everyday surroundings. We, therefore, asked her to let you in on some of her top tips for capturing life’s beautiful moments with your little one.
What’s the best age for taking baby photos?
This is a question that I am often asked, but for me, you can take beautiful family pictures with your baby at any age! So whether your baby is 1 month, 4 months or 10 months old, it depends on what type of photos you are looking for. Would you rather capture the magic of your baby’s first moments, when he or she is still so tiny and fragile, or document the everyday life of your chubby and giggly four-month-old?
Some parents even prefer to wait until their little ones are able to sit and crawl. Each stage of your baby's life brings different types of photos so the choice is yours! Sometimes I even spend time with the same family on three different occasions during their baby’s first year. Babies change so fast at that age so it’s great to try to capture every precious moment.
When I plan a newborn photo shoot at a family’s home, I prefer to take the photos when the baby is 2-3 weeks old. That way the parents already feel comfortable in their new routine as an expanded family, and it’s possible to capture the intimate moments of everyday life such as winding, breastfeeding and even just cuddling!
Where to take baby photos at home
I usually seek out the lightest place in the house to take photographs, as I always do family photo shoots exclusively with natural daylight. We often start a photo shoot in the bedroom and then move through the different rooms of the house, as I look to capture the family going about their everyday life in the most natural way possible. I often ask families to put bright sheets on the bed or to cover the bed in a plain white or beige blanket to create a nice soft light for taking baby photos. This can also give a neutral background for the photos so that the baby remains the true focus of the images.
What time of day is it best to take baby photos?
I prefer to take baby photos in the morning, as in my experience newborn babies tend to be in a better mood in the morning, than in the afternoon. Babies have a lot of new things to discover during a photo shoot and this becomes more and more tiring for them as the day goes on. For newborn baby photo shoots, I try to move the baby as little as possible. Don’t feel like you have to make your baby pose, as if the baby is in a comfortable position in his or her parents’ arms, then it’s better to leave the baby there and take close-ups and intimate photos of the two of them together. It’s good to take different photos standing and sitting, as well as family portraits, but it’s best to do so whilst creating the least stress possible for the baby!
How should I dress my baby for his or her baby photos?
Baby photos look great if the whole family is wearing similar colours, and generally I would recommend light colours for newborn baby photos. Pastel or beige clothing is best, as that way the outfit does not take away from the baby in the photo. If the babies are a bit bigger then it is nice to add a splash of colour to their outfit.
Which type of camera should I use to take baby photos?
These days most digital cameras take high-quality photos. You can adjust the settings on your camera to ensure that you take baby photos of a high enough quality and size. In your basic settings, you should be able to choose JPG Fine for the quality of your photograph and the image size “L” (large), so that your photos will look great in print and also on screen.
The resolution also plays a key part in the quality of your photos, so ensure that your photos have a resolution of at least 300 dpi to guarantee the best results when printing your images. If your camera does not take photos of 300 dpi, then you can always adapt the resolution of your images for free using programs like Gimp.
As for baby photos taken with phones with an 8-megapixel camera, these will be of a good quality when printed in any format up to A4 size. Whilst you will be able to print photos taken using a 4-megapixel camera on your phone in any format up to A5 size. Just remember to check that your photos have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
Top 5 tips from Leni Morreti
Based on Leni Moretti’s advice, here are the top five things to remember when taking your baby photos:
- The key to good baby photos is natural light! Take photos near a window or outside in the shade.
- Use neutral backgrounds to keep the focus of your photos on your baby.
- Dress your baby in light-coloured clothing.
- Take photos of your baby in his or her natural environment when you are going about everyday activities, as this creates the most authentic photos.
- Your baby photos should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi to ensure a high-quality print.
For some more hints and tips on how to take good baby photos for your photo baby thank you cards or baby announcements, you can take a look at our baby photo advice pages. Alternatively, our customer service team is on hand to help you choose the best photos for your personalised stationery so do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing how you use Leni's advice to take great baby photos for your personalised stationery!