How to take your own fresh 48 photos during Covid-19
Apr 15, 2020 | By: Bia Garbelotti Photography
3 tips for taking your own fresh 48 photos
The Coronavirus got everyone of us off guard. What a strange thing to see yourself and everyone else just putting "life on hold". Although terrifying its feasible for the majority of the people. But what about parents-to-be? thats right, life must go on regardless. Having an infant during this unusual time must be unease. Many moms are frustrated that their birth experience wont be as planned. Some of them had planned to have fresh 48 pictures taken at the hospital or place of birth and it wont be an option for awhile. In case you're one of those moms, this blog is for you. Here are a few tips how to take your own fresh 48 newborn photos during this pandemic. And before you wonder.... Yes, with your cell phone!!
Tip number 1. Find the best light
I would say that is the most important step!
Use the window light. Turn off the flash on your camera. Position the subject right by the window. Roll the crib right up over under the window. If there is direct sunlight streaming in, place the subject just out of the direct light so that the sun isn’t shining directly on them or pull the curtain or blind a bit to diffuse and create a softer light.
Don't take pictures at night. iPhone and cell's phones in general dont have good low light capabilities so always seek for day light.
Don't take pictures of your subject with a window light coming right from behind it. Your photos will look dark. Place your subject facing the window or sideways.
Tip number 2 . Remove distracting background
Remove the clutter from the room or the area you are shooting before you take your photos. This will make a huge difference in your images. I consider clutter : plastic bottles, garbage bag, strollers, food of any sort, diaper bag, gift bags etc I do not consider clutter: Flowers, pillows, blankets, toys ( such as crayons, coloring book, dolls). in this image I decided to include the toys that the older sister broght to the hospital to play with because it tells a story.
Tip number 3. Poses
Before we get started I believe the ultimate goal of any pose is to provoque a emotion, a feeling to tell a story. What is the story? The first 2 days of your baby's life!! So I always focus on moments, details which are unique to that moment.
Those loving first looks at baby are priceless. When you first meet your baby you won’t be able to take your eyes o of her. Make sure you capture that look, it’s pure magic.
Dont forget Dad
When baby is born Dad is usually the one running around taking all of the photos. Make sure someone takes some images of dad loving on baby too
There’s nothing sweeter than siblings meeting baby for the first time. When all is fresh and new and exciting make sure to capture those first touches and tender moments. Soon enough enough they’ll be back to their old silly selves ﬁghting for your attention.
Who doesn’t obsess over teeny tiny baby toes? Make sure to photograph them as much as you can. At least if you can stop kissing them!
First family photo
Take a minute and grab your ﬁrst family photo. Ask the nurse or you can do it yourself by setting up the timer on your phone. Don’t worry if everyone isn’t looking at the camera. The tender and sweet, natural moments are often the most memorable anyway.
Grandparents ( If allowed)
Make sure to have your camera ready when grandma and grandpa come to ﬁrst meet the new baby. Don’t forget they are brand new grandparents too and they will treasure these memories forever
The newborn details are so unique. The little tufts of hair, baby’s tiny ﬁst, pouty lips and ﬁngers in her mouth are all details you don’t want to miss. First yawns, funny faces, and stretches are all newborn traits that are so ﬂeeting and will be soon be just a memory.Make sure to capture the details in your hospital room too. Get a shot of the name plaque in the bassinet, gifts and ﬂowers that friends and family sent, the hospital swaddle blanket and beanie and even baby’s paciﬁer. All are details that will soon be forgotten. I also include other details that I consider storytelling like the brand new teeth that the older sister was so proud of showing off. :)
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