babyphotography

Capturing Newborn Portraits with a Smartphone: Tips for New Parents

Recently we’ve had to close our doors to portraits because of COVID-19, and it’s been heartbreaking. The most heartbreaking thing is having to say no to clients who want newborn portraits. Babies change so quickly, so I wanted to put together some tips on how to capture your newborn portraits with your iPhone (or Android phone) so you don’t miss out on those photos.

The Importance of Hiring a Trained Newborn Photographer

Many parents don't realize that anyone can call themselves a newborn photographer; but untrained photographers can make what should be a relaxing experience, incredibly stressful. It's not just about the images, it's about soothing babies and knowing their cues. It is a great job, but newborn photographers really should care enough to invest in training.

Look Lock is an Inspector Gadget-Style Smartphone Holder for Child Photos

Getting a good picture of a toddler, dog or other easily-distracted subject is no easy task. You snap, you whistle, you make funny faces, but in the end you're often left with nothing more than a blurry picture and a very real relief that nobody else was there to see what just happened.

We've featured a number of solutions for overcoming this (e.g. cameras with front-facing LCDs, friendly lens-mounted toys), but a smartphone mount is one of the more versatile ones. After all, you can use it for other purposes when you're not photographing kids. The Look Lock, shown above, is one such mount on the market.

Anne Geddes-style Baby Photographs Featuring Adults Instead of Infants

Anne Geddes is known internationally for her trademark-style of baby photos showing infants dressed up like tiny animals, flowers, and various fantasy creatures. VICE magazine recently decided to parody her work, and enlisted the help of photographer Lee Goldup to photograph adults instead of babies in Geddes' iconic style.

Cute Photos of Not-So-Happy Babies

Photographs of happy babies are cute, but not-so-happy babies can also make for great photo subjects. Photographer Evan Kafka has a knack for capturing wonderful expressions of both varieties.