My Lockdown Babies Guide - To get the perfect photo for a digital composite.
Hello new Mummy and Baby,
Lets work together with this guideline and capture the perfect angle of your baby for our composite.
You know your baby better than anyone but as this is my job I have trained for years and it isn't the easiest thing to do,
so please consider the following when setting up for safety.
Always do this on the floor with a blanket as a bottom layer so they are not on a hard surface or in the middle of a bed where babies cannot fall.
Please do not attempt this pose if baby has any health conditions
(for example hip dysplasia, breathing difficulties etc)
If baby is uncomfortable or won’t settle please take a break and come back to it at another point.
Do not get stressed out if it helps my youngest took me 6 weeks to get photos of him because he wouldn’t settle.
Please do not leave the baby in this pose for more than a few minutes at a time. If you can have someone next to you to watch baby at all times.
Please never leave the baby unattended as they can wriggle and roll or even push up due to the padding around them.
REQUIREMENTS FROM YOU.
a good quality camera phone or normal digital camera.
a white sheet/towel or blanket
a darker or brown sheet for images with darker backdrops if wanted.
spare muslins or facecloths.
*I recommend only plain baby grows or baby suits editing big outfits can be very difficult.
Plain whites or pastel colours look great on the white fluffy backdrops.
Where as darker baby grows and baby suits look great with a darker backdrop, but remember if setting up for a darker shoot you need to change the white sheet underneath to a slightly darker one but not black.
If you have the option to take a few photos on a white sheet and a few photos on a darker sheet like brown or even a navy which I can colour change to brown quite easily and a lighter and darker outfit as above for baby then please take a few and I will pick from the best in focus and quality to work with.
My aim is to get you one or two digital photos to choose from these will all be lying on the back photos for your safety at home.
Lets begin our walk through guide.
There are two videos to watch of my teddy on youtube because have no dolly's in my house that I could use.
My Step by Step Guide
1. find your best light source. The light needs to be come towards the baby from the top left of baby’s head. In order for this to work you will need to use natural light from the window.
Not Recommended - Photos in the dark with un natural light can cause harsh shadows and yellow lighting.
2. Place the rolled up towels in circle so you can create a nest for your baby to lie in.
Adjust the gap for baby’s size.
The bottom roll should consist of double the rest of the circle so baby’s bum can be lifted and the legs can fall back onto their hips or hanging over the towel area.
3. Once nest is ready place white sheet/blanket/towel over the top like I showed in the video above.
Place baby in nest with window light to the top left of baby’s face.
Remember if theres harsh light close the curtain over to cover this as you don't want big white light patches as these cannot be fixed in photoshop.
When baby is settled comfortably in position make sure legs and arms are tucked in away from face and baby’s nose is facing upwards un like in my video of the bear showing them out to the sides you want them more tucked in to the sides.
Bring the feet up to baby chest and curl baby into position (you may have to move the bottom t-shirt roll under baby’s hips so legs and feet comfortably slope towards hips)
Once baby is in correct position take photo. The angle must be directly over baby looking down.
Focus on the eyes.
Don’t shoot up the nostrils.
Do not cut off any hands or feet and please leave enough room so I can edit around baby and plenty white sheet around them in the image for my editing.
Once your photo is ready…..
Please email your file to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will get two copies -
One with my logo on it you don’t have to use it but if you share the one with the logo online in helps protect your image from being stolen and lets others know where you got your photo edited and one without for you to print and use as much as you want.
Along with your full name and any colours or styles you like or the colour of the room you want to display it in if you know.
Please can you also let me know if you are happy for your images to be used on social media or not.
See below for more videos and images to help with setting up your photos.