How to photograph baby from newborn to six months

13th Mar 2014

I'd honestly say it's hard to beat newborn and baby photographs taken professionally, however you can have a good go yourself. There are lots of methods; cameras, phones and ipads etc. to take photos with the moment and editing tools and filters available in apps for you to play around with and get some pretty results.

So if you like the idea of documenting your baby's first six months here are some ideas on how to capture the developmental stages your baby is going though with your camera.


When to take

It's a nice idea if you are going to take photos monthly to take them on the same date every month. This way you have photos documenting exactly a month apart.


Baby at Newborn

Newborn is class as under one month old. Newborns are sleep most of the time stage. Shoot photos of baby asleep on side, belly and laying on their front with chin first. 

Close up photos of tiny toes, fingers, eyes etc. are nice to look back over in years to come.

Newborn baby in froggy pose

Baby at One Month

Baby can lift its head at one month old. Capture this by photographing down at the babies level with baby on stomach lifting his head. Take photo at a 45o angle.

Baby beings to follows things with its gaze. Take some shots were you use an object to direct baby’s gaze. Capturing the object in the photo may be nice in order to show what is happening.


Baby at Two Months

Baby can smiles responsively and can also laugh and giggle. A smiley photo might be nice to capture at this age.


Baby at Three months

Baby can laugh, squeal, gurgle, and coo and three months. Capture some shots of baby laughing, and forming shapes with their lips and mouth.

Baby can hold its own head up steadily, so see if you can capture this.


Baby at Four months

Baby can develop first tooth. Take some close up shots of baby’s face with mouth open showing first tooth. You'll need to make baby laugh or smile to order to get this photograph. See example below.

Baby can now bear weight on their legs. Make use of this by shoots some photographs of baby holding your fingers and standing, feet touching the floor.

Baby can grasp at and reaches out for objects. Take a shot of baby holding favourite toy or even reaching to take it from parents or siblings.


Baby at Five months

Baby rolls over. Baby being able to roll over is a stage you might want to capture at five months old. Shoot these photographs at different angles to observe which is best to capture what looks like a roll.

Baby can play with hands and feet. Baby playing with feet and hands make really interesting photos in my opinion. It adds more interest if baby it looking at the camera in these photographs.


Baby at Six months

Baby turns towards sounds. Use this to your advantage!

• Baby can rolls in both directions. Again capture baby rolling over during this stage, but this time in both directions. You might like to try to capture photos in a sequence of fast shots to show the movement of the rolling.

Baby can sit momentarily without support. Try a shoot of baby sitting up while looking at the camera to add more viewer interest.


Tip 1: For most of these shots I’d say the key to ending up with attractive baby photographs is to try to capture the baby looking at or towards the camera. You’ll need lots of patience for this, but it will be worth it in the end.

Tip 2: I'd also suggest you shoot your baby photographs down at their level were ever possible. Photographs shot from above can look as if the viewer is dominant over the child. Shoting photos at baby’s own level gives the impressing the child is just as important as the viewer.


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