5 Newborn Moments to Capture

Motherhood · May 15, 2013

5 Newborn Moments you will want to Capture!! Some great tips to help you remember that special day!

Hello friends! My name is Kristen Duke and I blog over at Capturing Joy.

I’m a mom/photographer/blogger/author from Austin, Texas sharing how I capture the joy in life from family recipes, decorating with pictures, fancy parties, photo tips to sharing some life stories. Kristyn is actually moving to the big state of Texas to be closer to me…I’m sure of it;)

Today I wanted to share with all of you my top 5 newborn moments you will want to capture.

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1. Photograph the birth of your baby–I love the look on people’s face when I say I have photographed a birth or had my birth photographed. Everyone is thinking the nitty gritty. Let me clear it up for you–it’s all PG rated! I like to think of it as the fly on the wall off to the side of the room. It is SO fabulous to have those images captured! I have 4 children and only have this for my last, and it is truly a treasure. To see my face, my husbands face, the drama in the room, and the first moments of my sweet baby. I had an amazing photographer friend in the room with me, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be your mom, sister, a nurse, or a dear friend in the corner with your phone. But those moments are priceless. You may not think so at the time, but later you will be grateful.

Here is my baby just after she was born:

5 Newborn Moments you will want to Capture!! Some great tips to help you remember that special day!

Here is one I photographed of my friend (see more of these images here). I love the sweet look on dad’s face as mom embraces her baby for the fist time.

5 Newborn Moments you will want to Capture!! Some great tips to help you remember that special day!

2. Photograph the moment your older siblings meet the newest addition–of course this doesn’t work for first borns, but honestly, I absolutely adore the images I have of the moment of my older kids meeting their new sister. The big kids were so in awe, there was such a reverence, such a sweetness. I was fortunate enough to have a friend visiting me at the time who stood in the corner and just snapped away!

5 Newborn Moments you will want to Capture!! Some great tips to help you remember that special day!

{If you want to see the before of this picture and how I cleaned up the distractions, check out that link to the left here.}

3. Photograph mom and dad with baby–Your little one will appreciate it so much when they get older. Although mom may not feel happy with the extra weight, or tired, or in pain, take the time to slap on a little eye make up and brush your hair in that first week home. Most moms shy away from being in pictures with their newborns, but I urge them to get in, if only to be a “backdrop” for the baby. I suggest dark long sleeved shirts so the emphasis is on the baby, and mom/dad’s hands or face in as well.

5 Newborn Moments you will want to Capture!! Some great tips to help you remember that special day!

4. Photograph Baby alone with a solid background–Yes those images with the baby in a cocoon or propping their chin on their fist are pretty cool, but not altogether necessary. I like to lay a blanket over a Boppy pillow or a bouncy seat and crop in close for a great shot. Use hats and props, but not for everything. A little flesh, or just a simple white onesie will allow you to see the freshness of the baby best.

5 Newborn Moments you will want to Capture!! Some great tips to help you remember that special day!

5. Candid newborn photographs-I like to capture the baby in their nursery, or on a simple solid backdrop. I like to be close up on the toes, the ears, the eyes…some awake…some asleep….some crying. Don’t always have the people holding the baby look up at the camera, grab those candid moments of life happening. My favorite pictures of me with my newborns are the candid moments (that I had to train my husband to take) especially since I felt I had swollen new mom face with a big cheeser smile! , I love this mother/baby sweet moment below, click to see more of this newborn session.

5 Newborn Moments you will want to Capture!! Some great tips to help you remember that special day!

If you’d like to see more, here are more of my newborn images.

I hope I opened your eyes to some new perspectives when thinking about newborn photography. It is such a beautiful time in the life of a family! Anyone have any other newborn photography tips not to be missed??

Thanks for having me today! Though I started out blogging as a photographer sharing photo tips, I now love sharing so many other things!

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I LOVE this post… I’m just mad I didn’t see it until I after I had my baby!

Be sure to bookmark this for your next little bundle to arrive, and be sure to check out the rest of the great photography tips and projects from Kristen’s site.

She is amazing!

For more helpful tips on photography, check these out:

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Holly @HollyPop Designs

Fabulous pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing these!

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