Newborn Photos at Home

Do you want to capture everything about your new baby, all these moments of your family’s new normal? I believe it is an important role – the family documentarian and it can start with your newborn photos at home. Looking back, I missed many opportunities to document my family when my children were babies. I used to second guess myself and get bogged down in learning camera settings before overwhelm set in and I just stuck to getting quick snapshots on my phone. Snapshots that are now forever sitting in my phone’s memory barely remembered.

Capturing the first months of your baby’s life in photos is a very special way to document and celebrate them as they grow and change. It’s one of those things, we may have the best of intentions in taking a weekly or monthly baby growth photo. For those of us who are organised it’s easy but for the rest of us, well, life just keeps getting in the way doesn’t it? Before you know it you are planning for their first birthday and you ask – where on earth did that year go?!

I’m here to suggest a different approach to documenting your beautiful new life together, and baby’s constant changes – all those new traits and skills that make them who they are. I have been brainstorming all the ways I could have been more successful in documenting my own babies – now that I can look back at that time through the eyes of a professional photographer.

But it’s not just a pro-photographer’s eyes.

It’s through the lens of a parent who has a lot on her plate, while time seems to be speeding up exponentially. It’s the lens of a mum who wishes she had taken a moment years ago just to think about the process + result she was dreaming of. Where I said above – ‘life getting in the way’ that was it in a nutshell. There was so much happening that instead of being intuitively present in my experience of new motherhood I was letting it get in the way. Instead of taking it slowly, one baby step at a time, I was frustrated with not having time to learn it all, becoming overwhelmed by even dipping my toe into manual camera settings. So I couldn’t get past that first step, that step I so desperately wanted to learn.

So, now I’m also sharing insights from the lens of a woman, mother, partner and artist, who tries to intentionally slow down and be in the moment because she can feel it all flying by so so fast.

Do you feel this too?

For sure, there are some things you need to learn to master capturing good quality photos of your everyday. But you don’t need to bite the whole thing off at once. Yes – there is more to becoming a successful documentarian of family memories than just slowing down, but a simple change in your approach can make a world of difference to your everyday life and the ability to document the beauty in your ordinary. Without a plan or steps to take the task in hand (and to keep up once you’ve started), those hurdles become a little higher and a little closer together. So I have been working on some tips to help incorporate your role of becoming the family documentarian who will be long remembered for the memories she gifted to her future generations.

The secret to photographing meaningful moments is not a flash brand new camera. It isn’t knowing all the settings you should have dialled into your camera right from the start. It is actually slowing down, developing an eye for the light, composition and location of your subject and learning the knack of storytelling.

Would you like to learn more about how to slow down, spot the moments that tell a story, and take better quality photos of your family as it grows and changes?