Baby Photography 101


I am thrilled to announce that I am a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador. We are BIG Disney fans in our household and I am super excited to be working with Disney to bring you some wonderful posts and giveaways over the next few months.

We all know our little ones fill our lives with magical moments, but they’re not always captured because babies don’t always make the best photo subjects. Whether they are crawling away, turning their heads, or bursting into tears at just the wrong moment – somehow, those moments slip away.

I personally find it SO much easier to take photos of my infant right now at his pre-crawling, pre-walking stage! Also, my 3 1/2 year old runs away everytime I get my camera out, he dislikes photos now and I can rarely get him to pose for me!

Well, listen up because Disney Baby is providing some tips on how to best-capture your baby’s most magical moments below!

  • Tip #1: Forget the frightening flash

Turn off your flash! Not only can flash be startling to your baby, it creates a much harsher light. For a better picture, open your windows or move your baby outdoors. Natural light will make it easier to capture your baby’s natural beauty, by ensuring you don’t lose the depth in your baby’s features.

  • Tip #2: Work those angles

Get down to your baby’s level. This allows you to look right into their eyes and gives them the power to look right back – they will appear much more engaged in the picture and they might even give you that elusive smile. 

  • Tip #3: Don’t worry about perfect posing

Don’t get too hung up on creating the perfect backdrop or coaxing baby into a classic pose. Taking pictures of your baby is about capturing who they are and they may not always be smiley, happy or perfectly poised. However, life and art is about capturing reality and when you look back later, you might appreciate having a few tantrum shots.

  • Tip #4: Know when to stop

Babies get tired and fussy and it’s important not to drag the photography session on too long. If you know when to stop, taking pictures of your baby will be a lot more fun – for both of you. 

  • Tip#5: Print & Store

Digital photos are great for sharing, but it’s also lots of fun to print your photos and make the magical moments last. Disney Baby offers a great selection of Photo Albums and Picture Frames to help you store and display your pictures, so you can hang on to your memories for many years to come.

I am not a professional photographer but I love taking photos. I have a DSLR and I have been slowly learning how to shoot manual for a while. Here are some photos I took yesterday while hanging out in our patio last night. The light was just dreamy and I ran upstairs to grab my DSLR to get some shots. Camera phone photos are o.k. but don’t hesitate to reach for your professional camera to take better quality photos. You may end up capturing a very special moment!



Who is the photographer in your family? Are you behind the camera most of the time?

Disclosure: I am a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group; however all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

26 responses to “Baby Photography 101”

  1. Beautiful photos and great tips. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Adorable!!!!! he is too cute 🙂
    Great tips.

  3. Congrats on being a Disney Mom Ambassador– sounds like fun!

  4. Awe what a cutie!!! Great tips too thanks!!

  5. Great tips. Do you only do outdoors photo shoot with the baby, if flash is discouraged? Will have to take the kids out for a photo session!

    • Hi Jeannie. I love shooting outdoors because the light is great and you don’t need a flash BUT you can also shoot indoors without using a flash if you are near a big window and you get nice natural light.

  6. I’m usually the one taking all the photos. I’ve always got my camera ready to go, and my phone on the side just in case. Natural light is our best friend.
    We’ve got an extremely large window which provides us the best light. I do go outside lots too. I find it’s best to be spontaneous. Candid shots rock! I takes lots of shots and most times 2 out of 10 are dead on perfect!

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing…

  7. excellent tips!

  8. Great tips, I like when the pictures are natural of the baby and not poses or looking fake

  9. Awesome tips for us as we have a new grandbaby on the way! Thanks!

  10. those are some cute photos

  11. Congrats on becoming a Disney baby ambassador!
    Can I just add to #3 that it’s important to remember that professionally done baby(newborn especially) photos are NOT natural…do not try to emulate poses done in those shoots as they are super edited (not all of them I know but so many). Often parents are holding/supporting baby in that pose and are edited out.Some are 2-4 pictures edited together to get the final picture.

    I am often the one behind the camera but my husband is far better at photography. We have a good camera that makes it look like I can take pictures!

  12. awwwww what a cutie , these are great tips thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Awwww look at him, so cute! I am the photographer in the family, since I don’t like being in front of the camera much. Thanks for the tips.


  15. Isn’t it weird how most children go through a stage of hating having their photo taken? Mine all did the same thing but at different ages.

  16. Great tips and pictures, thank you

  17. very good tips. the tip about dont worry about perfect posing was told to me years ago during a professional baby shoot i was having done with my 3 month old pic she started a little pout,which the photographer took and I was dumbfounded until he explained and I saw the pic.i knew it was was one of my favorites that I look back on .

  18. Thanks for the great tips

  19. He is just adorable

  20. These are great tips thanks

  21. Yor tips have been working well for me,thanks!

  22. Wow a Disney Mom Ambassador,that must be fun

  23. omg,you has gotten so big

  24. My daughter in law is a photographer and is pregnant so we are going to have some amazing photos

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