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You can't start too early in photographing babies


Baby's first photograph can be an ultrasound picture.
Baby's first photograph can be an ultrasound picture.

In later years, your children will be fascinated when looking at pictures you took of them as a baby. Undoubtedly, you will, too. They are among the few kinds of pictures you never tire of looking at. You will believe then, as you probably do now, that your baby is unquestionably the most photogenic subject on the face of the earth. And guess what? We believe your baby is, too.

But babies turn into toddlers and then into teens pretty quickly. You shouldn’t put off taking their pictures until “later,” because babies change so quickly that they will frequently not look the same at all when “later” comes. You should bring out the camera whenever an opportunity for a good baby picture arises, because if you don’t you will regret it later.


In fact, there is no reason why your baby’s picture series can’t begin with a picture of the pregnant mother. We even know of one proud parent who keeps an ultrasound photo of their soon-to-be-born baby (shown above) in the family album.

Is there anything more beautiful than a soon-to-be-mother? She is just getting her baby used to having his or her picture taken.
Is there anything more beautiful than a soon-to-be-mother? She is just getting her baby used to having his or her picture taken.

A baby's look of joy when mom peeks into his carriage.
A baby's look of joy when mom peeks into his carriage.

You can’t start too soon, and you can’t shoot your baby often enough, especially in the first three years of his or her life, when change occurs so rapidly.

Can you shoot too many pictures of your baby? Undoubtedly, you can, but don’t ask us to cull out the ones that are no good. You will have to be the judge of that. If you follow our tips, you shouldn’t have too many bad ones, anyway. The funny thing about baby pictures is that you might not think a particular shot is very good just after you have taken it, and then years later, it becomes your favorite. So, be cautious in what you cull out.


The sections that follow (see the links below at page bottom) deal with taking pictures of your baby from just after birth to just before the little tyke’s toddler stage. After that, we are into a whole new ball game, which we address in other sections of PhotographyTips.com.

Most of the pictures you will see here are normal, everyday pictures, but they are pretty good ones – the kind that you yourself can take if you follow our directions, hints and tips. We don’t try to outdo you – we just want you to learn how to take pictures you will be proud of, that you can show to friends, relatives and co-workers and know they are good pictures. They'll be good not just because they are of your baby, but because they also follow the guidelines of good picture-taking that you find on this site – so our examples set a fairly easy standard for you to achieve.

This picture shows a secret, happy place, capturing the expression of a  baby's pleasant dream.
This picture shows a secret, happy place, capturing the expression of a baby's pleasant dream.

Hi mom! What are you doing behind that person with the camera?
Hi mom! What are you doing behind that person with the camera?

Odds are, you will surpass us and produce some superb baby pictures. When you do, send us examples, and we will post them here on our PhotographyTips.com website, giving you full credit for your brilliant work. We love to receive baby pictures, and to hear from the proud parents or grandparents who took them. So, if you want the world to see your baby shots, send ‘em in, and we’ll do our best to put them up for everyone to enjoy.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy and benefit from the tips and hints about baby pictures that you find here.


Don't leave dad out when the baby pictures are being taken. You won't often catch such a look of pride and happiness.
Don't leave dad out when the baby pictures are being taken. You won't often catch such a look of pride and happiness.
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