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:

#1: Open all the blinds and use a low aperture. 

Often times hospital rooms are not exactly conducive to taking natural light photos. But not to worry, there is always a way around it. First of all open the blinds (pull them all the way up, don't just open the slats). Next, if you still don't have a fast enough shutter speed, dial your aperture all the way down. (f/1.8, 2.0, 2.2 etc.) This will hwlp you achieve a nice and fast shutter speed.

#2: Position the baby where there is not a lot of clutter and distraction.

Let's face it, hospital rooms are packed with eye clutter...cords, trays, buttons, your own stuff, the baby's stuff...the list goes on and on. When taking pictures of the baby push that clutter aside and fill your frame with the baby.


#3: Take some detail shots of the baby and the room.

A newborn's skin is so soft and furry and often times so wrinkly. And unfortunately this stage only lasts for such a brief moment. Take some close-up pictures of the baby and even some of the surrounding area to document exactly what the baby looks like.






#4: Step back and take a picture of the entire room.

Just as you took pictures of the details, take some pull-back pictures of the entire room to show what it felt like and looked like in the hospital room.


#5: Take some pictures with the baby and Mom.

Of course you need to document Mom holding the baby and the special bond they share. To help take the pressure of being in front of the camera off of Mom try suggesting things for her to do. For example say, "Hold the baby in your left arm and gaze down at the baby." (click, click, click) or "Put the baby on your belly and look up at the camera." (click, click, click) "Good, okay now look down at the baby. " (click, click, click)


There you go! Above all, relax and have fun! I know that when you are in the thick of trying to capture the perfect photo it can get stressful or even frustrating. But I assure you, as you stop, take a deep breath and just relax into it, you will find success. 

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Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

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

Brigita said...

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. :)

Irina said...

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...)

Katie Evans Photography said...

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!

marissa said...

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


Brigita said...
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Brigita said...

Thanks, Katie. :)

dana said...

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!

Sarah said...

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

madilla said...

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

Emily said...

Great tips and lovely pictures!

LiEr said...

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!

Forever You said...

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

Jenny from My Handmade Home said...

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)

Delia said...

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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Pieces of Sunshine said...

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

Alexandra said...

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?


Katie Evans Photography said...

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.

kelly ann said...

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

melissaavey said...

This is great!

Tina said...

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.

Jennisa said...

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!

Lindsay Rondo said...

great tips! love these!

Unused Blog said...

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

Jessica Flett said...

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

Katherine Callahan said...

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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K said...

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

Mary Lorenzo said...

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.


reginag said...

I will remember all the pointers you said.

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Harrington Photography Topeka Kansas said...

Great use of available light makes the images so much softer and natural! A fast lens is the key!

MyHospitalPhotographer.com said...

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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