Photographing Babies

by Janice

Have you noticed I love taking photos — I mean really love it? If you knew me in the flesh, you would know I am happiest with my Nikon D70 in front of my face, clicking away, capturing my two precious loves — Jackson and Julia.

(It is technically Susan and Rob’s camera, but we share it — which means they paid for it, but I take photos of their daughter Julia. Hey, it works for me! I have a Canon film SLR, but when photographing kids and babies, which is what I love to do, I prefer a nice digital SLR.)

I am unfortunately just an amateur. I have only taken one photography course, but I am determined to take more. (And to buy more… oh the lenses and cameras I would love to own…)

So I love to read hints or articles on photography and visit sites to look at great photos.

But since I am so busy, I don’t get to devote much time to this passion. Thus I was pleasantly surprised when Darren Rowse of ProBlogger dropped me a note about his recent article 10 Tips for Photographing Babies. Knowing that we have a site for moms, he thought you all might be interested.

So with no delay whatsoever, I hopped over to read what he had to say.

And then Susan had a great idea…

How about we all post one of our favorite photos and share about what we like about it or what went “right” with the shot? Add a Mr. Linky and we have a party!

A gaggle of adoring moms all gushing over their sweet children — now it doesn’t get much better than that.

So hop into your photo files and pull out a picture you like and join in. Or grab your camera and take a photo of a child (doesn’t have to be yours) nearby.

We can’t wait to check them out. They don’t have to be perfect. Gosh — I have never taken a perfect photo in my life. This is just for fun.

Ready, Set, GO!

Oh… I almost forgot mine…

Here is Julia at Easter time. It was a cold spring day and she had a sun hat on. But then her mom added a sweater and Jackson’s vest because it was getting so cold as the sun went down and the kids played outside, so her outfit was rather crazy-looking.

Photographing Babies

I love to zoom in and get close ups of babies and children’s faces. Susan’s relatives in Italy just don’t get it and say, “But she cut off her head!

Here especially I cut down on not seeing her crazy outfit and we get to concentrate on her sweet face.

Don’t you just want to give her a cuddle and a kiss? (But if you were here in real life, she wouldn’t let you anyway. That little one is not too fond of new people. Jackson, on the other hand, would have been charming your socks off.)

The sun was going down and Julia was in the shade. I played with positions trying to get enough light. And I think this shot worked out alright. And the cutie showed of her smile for me too. It warms an auntie’s heart.

And then of course, don’t forget Photoshop. I added a bit more contrast and brightened it up a tad to compensate for the not-perfect lighting. As well I took out a bit of dried tears from by one of her eyes (someone must have tried saying “Hi” to her.) You gotta love Photoshop.

So there you have it — one of my favorite shots (that I haven’t already used on Wordless Wednesdays.)

Now it’s your turn!

Post a photo on your blog and add the link to that post below. Please also remember to link back here so that your readers can find everyone else’s photos.

Once you’ve added your name to “Mr Linky” below, don’t forget to leave a comment.

Have Fun…

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at

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1 Tasra Dawson August 14, 2006 at 1:50 am

Love it! Thanks for sharing the links, tips and photo. It’s always fun to post new pics of my baby boy. Can’t wait to see everyone else posts!


2 Darren August 14, 2006 at 2:07 am

hey the – thanks for the link and GREAT idea to get people sharing their photos!


3 Jodi August 14, 2006 at 3:54 am

What a great idea!! She is such a cutie!


4 Lazy Daisy August 14, 2006 at 4:15 am

Awwww… a future grandmother (in January) I love looking at adorable babies. Of course your Julia is the cutest!


5 KellyC August 14, 2006 at 5:32 am

Fun idea! What a cutie. You’re right – just a few tips make all the difference in photo quality.


6 Mom2fur August 14, 2006 at 7:10 am

Hey, Janice–she’s such a cutie pie! Can’t send any pictures for a while…the puppy chewed up the wire that connects the camera to the computer. Baaaad puppy. Oh, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m not sure what fake crab is, either, except it’s definitely some kind of fish. I mean, it isn’t made of tofu. I like it, myself. I like just about any shellfish–except mussels. Which is funny, because I’m making them for dinner Friday night. I guess I’ll have to make some more fake crab salad for myself.


7 MamaDuck August 14, 2006 at 7:12 am

What a great idea! I submitted Darren’s article to Digg a while back and there was a great response, I keep that article handy and re-read it often ;). Your photo is wonderful!


8 Jessica August 14, 2006 at 7:54 am

What a cute picture! :)

I love taking pics. of my kids too!


9 Rebecca August 14, 2006 at 9:50 am

Oh, how cute is that squishy little baby!


10 lisa August 14, 2006 at 9:59 am

she is so adorable. I love close up pictures too…..


11 Kailani August 14, 2006 at 10:41 am

Thank you for giving me another reason to post a picture of my baby. I’m off to visit everyone else now! Yipee!

BTW, Julia has an adorable smile!


12 Xav's Mama August 14, 2006 at 2:34 pm

A perfect opportunity for a photo geek like me! great idea. That is such a cute photo of Julia!


13 Mommy the Maid August 14, 2006 at 2:44 pm

What a great idea and I loved that article. I’ve posted mine and will visit everyone else once my children stop destroying the house. :D


14 flipflopmamma August 14, 2006 at 3:27 pm

What a cute pic! I also love the close-ups! Tons of our pics of the Beast are of just her face! Like she’s practically kissing the camera. I’ve linked up, so check out my pic!!


15 eph2810 August 14, 2006 at 5:46 pm

Too bad that you only want children’s pictures :sad: – I am more a land-scape gal…I haven’t had a small child around for a while – so, I can’t participate…
See you tomorrow. BTW – yours truly already got the project done – and it is not even 7pm yet :razz:.


16 eph2810 August 14, 2006 at 5:47 pm

How rude am I? Very…
Very cute picture of Julia – and I think it looks perfect :)


17 Jenn August 14, 2006 at 6:47 pm

What a fun beautiful picture, and what a wonderful exciting idea!!!


18 turtle-hope August 14, 2006 at 6:53 pm

What a great idea! I can’t wait to participate in this. I love taking pictures of the kids. Is there any better subject?


19 Jay August 14, 2006 at 7:23 pm

I love those close-up shots too. Very cute!!


20 Susanne August 14, 2006 at 8:44 pm

Sweet picture! My Hungarian mom doesn’t closeups either. She likes them taken way back so there’s a bunch of background and everyones is all centered perfect. Wonder if it’s a European thing. :)


21 laura August 14, 2006 at 11:24 pm

you expect me to narrow it down to just one?…with five kids? LOL
Sorry, but I shared a few with my own tips that I have learned and I am still learning.
This is such a kewl idea!


22 Trisha August 15, 2006 at 2:31 am

Thanks for sharing this great idea with all of us. I have two children so I did two pictures. Hope that is alright. Julia is such a cute little girl!


23 O Mama Mia August 15, 2006 at 4:58 am

I LOVE the real close ups of babes sweet faces! I think they capture the emotion in the eyes.
I posted mine, yesterday, before I knew you were doing this. Then the lovely flipflopmamma told me to come check it out. LOVE this!


24 mrs mogul August 15, 2006 at 2:37 pm

I posted this last week of my baby sleeping. Since I became a mom I adore baby pictures.


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