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How to Optimize the First Photos of Your Adopted Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 17, 2014

After the adoption wait, your first few moments with your adopted baby will undoubtedly be blessed ones that you’ll want to capture on camera. From the moment you bring your adoption blessing home, you may find yourself wanting to take a photo of every single moment. So, here are six quick tips that will help you with photographing your adopted baby:

#1: Prepare Your Camera and Yourself

If you have just bought a new camera in anticipation for bringing your baby home, take some time and learn how to use it. It’s a good idea to learn how to use your new camera in the manual setting. That way, you’ll be able to quickly capture those adorable moments and not be busy fiddling with camera settings!

You also need to have your camera easy to get to, so when a sweet photo-worthy moment presents itself, you’re ready. But, let’s take a step back. While you are in the adoption waiting phase, you might want to gather any props, clothing or accessories you may want to use to photograph your baby.

#2: Consider the Room Temp and Lighting

Turn off your camera’s flash…natural light is the most suitable for portraits at home. Usually, the best light in your home will be by a large window or glass door. Place your baby on a Boppy Pillow or bean bag by the source of natural light.

Also, it’s suggested that you keep your home on the warm side (around 80 degrees Fahrenheit) so that your baby is sleepy for photos (not fussy). You might consider using a space heater, heading pad, or sound machine to keep your baby comfy and cozy.

#3 Focus on the Tiny Details

Posing a very young baby may prove to be a difficult task. So focus instead on the details that make your baby so adorable. Their little toes, tiny pursed lips, little smiles and baby rolls. Get your camera in close. After you’ve developed these photos of your baby’s adorable details, you could create a collage of them.

#4: Tidy up Your Surroundings First

Before you start snapping away, look around the room and tidy up. It’s been said that the biggest difference between a snapshot and a professional image is that professional shots don’t have any clutter in the background. All you need to do is move the toys, shoes, or any miscellaneous item out of the way before you start taking photos.

#5: An Adorable Account of Baby’s “Firsts”

Your baby will be full of “firsts” that are worth being photographed. Photos are a wonderful way to narrate the story of your baby’s life. When your baby does something new (such as first bath, first smiles and laughs, first time eating food), make sure to grab your camera! These photos will be a wonderful way to capture and remember these milestones.

#6 Keep Timing in Mind

Pay attention to your baby’s natural schedule for sleep, eating and nap times. Attempt to plan your “photo shoots” during times where your baby may be in a good mood (such as after eating or nap time.)

Take advantage of your baby’s nap time to prepare for your photo shoot. Then, when your baby wakes up, don’t try to rush them into photos. Be aware of when your baby has had enough. When your baby starts to make a fuss, put the camera away!

With just a little preparation now, you’ll be able to capture some truly breathtaking photos of your baby. If you have an open adoption relationship with your birth mother, these optimized infant photos will be wonderful to share with her, too! Many adoptive couples have set up an email address or an account at a social media website (such as Facebook) so that they can share updates with their child’s birth mother.

Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, Adoption preparation