Jennifer Borgetposted in Life & Home
That first day or so at the hospital is prime time for snapping memories that will last a lifetime. There’s nothing sweeter than photos of a fresh baby!
To be clear, ideally these are not smartphone photos. These memories are the biggies. So when you’re packing your hospital bag, make sure you bring along your DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera, so you can capture some of those precious details right after he’s born. Don’t have one yet? Throw it on your registry or talk to your partner about saving up to invest in one before the baby is born. I promise. You won’t regret it!
Even if you only have a point and shoot, or your smart phone camera, it’s still important to think about what photos should you take? I find it helpful to create a shot list ahead of time, so I don’t forget any photos when the time comes.
Here are 7 must-have newborn memory makers:
Feel free to print this list out and throw it in your bag now before you forget.
1. First few moments: Set your camera to Continuous Shooting mode and keep snapping. A lot happens in those first few moments after your baby is born. Chances are you’ll think back later and much of it will be a daze. Have your DSLR settings set and hand daddy the camera to capture what he can so you can see it all later. Like your baby getting weighed, or his first bath. If you’re still learning your camera, you may want to keep the focus in auto-mode and let the camera do most of the work so you don’t have to fumble with your settings and miss an important moment.
2. Scales: Your baby will get weighed shortly after she’s born. These are some of my favorite images from the hospital because they help me remember how much my kids weighed when they were first born. Not to mention they look so tiny and cute on the scale. Set your camera to AV mode to highlight the weight on the scale, and your baby’s tiny body.
3. Capture the rare silence : Use silent shooting mode to get great sleep shots without disturbing your newborn. You can capture every changing inch with a series of close-up details featuring different parts of their feet, hands, mouth, and eyes without disturbing your sleeping baby.
4. Meeting big brother/sister: Some of my favorite photos from my son’s birth are the photos of our daughter meeting her little brother. She was so excited, and adorable as she got to look at him, and hold him for the first time.
5. Family Photo: You’re a family plus one now! Make sure you get some photos of all of you together.
6. Tiny Details: Don’t forget the tiny details!. Get some close up shots of his little ears, nose, fingers and toes.
7. Going Home: You know you’ve had your baby’s take-home outfit picked out for months. Now is finally your chance to put it on her. Be sure to snap some photos of her in her outfit before you put her in the car seat, which can be an adventure the first time.