5 Tips to Take Beautiful Newborn Pictures in the Hospital

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There are few things more precious than a newborn, especially a newborn who is just hours old. I'm always in awe of the absolute miracle of it all. As a photographer, I can't help but think how every single detail needs to be documented.

Here are 5 Tips to take beautiful newborn pictures while they are still in the hospital:


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38 comments:

  1. great tips!! and what beautiful pics of Dana and Clara!!!

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  2. You have perfect timing. I'm due in a few days and I can't wait to take the first pictures of my baby. Thanks for these tips, they'll certainly come in useful. :)

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  3. thanks for the tips! I'm due in May, so hopefully there will be beautiful bright days... (kind of hard in the west of Ireland...)

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  4. Brigita and Irina...Congrats on your upcoming new additions to your families! I hope all goes well and that you get some beautiful shots of your sweet newborns!

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  5. fantastic tips thanks for sharing! I hope you'll stop by and share this at my What We Wore and Made Wednesday Link party

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks, Katie. :)

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  8. Oh my, I just saw these!
    So pretty Katie. You do such a fantastic job. I'm excited to take more photos :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Beautiful pictures! Quick question? What ISO and lens did you use for this shot?

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  10. Thank you for the great tips! I'm due in July. Oh and I love the heart garland!

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  11. Great tips and lovely pictures!

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  12. Great tips! I smiled at the first one because when our third was born, it was finally during daylight hours. Our previous two were born after sundown/before sunup. My husband was most excited about that. He said something like, "finally, some decent light to get good baby pictures!" And we pushed apart the curtains and put our baby by the window and enjoyed the photography along with the newborn!

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous moments!!! Dana and Clara look just so precious! Great job!

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  14. Katie - these photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I almost wish I were having my 3rd just to try it out! haha just kidding... I'll just try it out with someone else's baby :o)

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  15. This was a perfect read for me as I'm prepping to have a baby in a few weeks!

    I loved seeing those fun pictures of Dana and Clara. :)

    Oh and I have to tell you how much I LOVE your valentines shoot with your kids. The outfits, the wall...everything. Very nice job.

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  17. Beautiful photos and great tips. Love the heart bunting, so cute.

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  18. You have the right idea, but it's not a low aperture that you need, it's a "high" one, or actually a big one if you want to be precise. Here is a diagram of apertures to give you an idea of what I mean. If you think of the aperture number as a fraction (so replace the f with the number 1, then you turn f/1.8 into 1/1.8 and you turn f/22 into 1/22). It's basic fractions; if you were having a slice of pie, would you rather about half or would you rather share with 21 other people?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aperture_diagram.svg

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  19. Hi Alexandra,

    Thanks for the explanation but it is actually a low aperture that you want. A low aperture does mean a "small" number, i.e. f/1.8, f/2.0 etc.

    And when you have a very low aperture, meaning a very wide opening, meaning a very small number you let more light in through the lens thus giving you the ability to achieve a fast shutter speed in a low light situation.

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  20. Found this on Pinterest! How cool!!! I'm giving birth at St. David's in Georgetown (hopefully in the next few days!) Beautiful pics!

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  21. These are beautiful. I am trying to teach myself on my new camera which I know nothing about but this helped me understand a little bit about lighting and shots. As well as the aperture! I'm loving your blog to help me get started.

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  22. These are beautiful! I just have to add that I have a daughter named Clara who was also 7 pounds and 13 ounces at birth! Now she's 3 1/2!

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  23. great tips! love these!

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  24. Some pictures you should also get are the father and newborn, and the siblings' first look at new baby.

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  25. This is a great post. Thank you very much for this. Jx

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  26. Great baby photography tips here. Some other tips here I want to suggest are location learning, discuss the wardrobe, room temperature, go for natural posing and be prepared.

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  27. How would you handle a situation where the hospital room doesn't have a window?

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  28. Thanks for the tips, this is really helpful and inspiring! Beautiful pictures, I'm sure the parents are thrilled to have those moments captured forever.

    -Mary
    http://marylorenzo.blogspot.com

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  29. I will remember all the pointers you said.

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  30. Great use of available light makes the images so much softer and natural! A fast lens is the key!
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  31. Great Tips! Its necessary for a new mother to know how to photograph her baby. Its all about angles and lighting. Leads to more time spent together and better scrapbooking!

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  37. i like black and white photo.
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