Baby PhotographyInspired by this week’s post from Cup of Jo, we’ve scoured the web for the best tips and tricks to getting great photos of your children. So whether you’re preparing your profile photos as you begin the adoption process again or are anxious to capture every Kodak moment once your little one arrives, read on for tips from the pros.

1. Lighting is key. A flash might startle your child and ruin a candid moment, so get as much natural light in the room as possible, face your child toward the light if you can or even take the shoot outside.

2. But timing is everything. Think about when your child last ate or slept and if he or she is overstimulated by visitors or strangers, and try to plan your shoot around that. A soothing distraction like a favorite snack or toy could be incorporated into the photos, or you could even take pictures of your child sleeping.

3. Shoot what you want to remember. What’s the cutest thing he or she is doing right now? Is it the way he furrows his brow when he hears your voice or how she purses her lips when she’s upset? Is it the grip she has on your finger? Is it the determination on his face as he pulls himself up in his crib? Try to catch these candid expressions and actions.

4. Shoot what a birth parent might want to remember. If you’ve had the opportunity to meet your child’s birth parents, think of what they look like. Have you captured a moment that shows a special resemblance between your child and his or her birth parents? Wouldn’t he or she love to see that photo?

5. Capture favorite things. Several photographers suggested using a favorite blanket or toy as a backdrop or prop, since you’ll likely want to remember what items your child couldn’t get enough of. Birth parents would especially love to know that a gift from them is being well-loved or worn as well.

6. Try different angles. Get down at your child’s level while they’re having tummy time. Take photos overhead in the crib. Shoot over your spouse’s shoulder, when your child is likely to be comfortable and relaxed. You never know what shot will become your favorite.

For more tips and tricks, check out the following links:

Remember Red Thread Sessions? They’re a free photography service for adoptive families with volunteer photographers across the country. If you still aren’t sure you’ve got what it takes to get some great photos on your own, these guys are a great resource for adoptive families.

Just for fun: Have a look at our Photo Contest results. The American Adoptions family has some creative photographers in our midst!

Have a great weekend!