10 Ideas for Photographing Your 3-6 Month Baby

a baby sitting in a swing

By around 3 months, life starts to get a little easier. You’re starting to get into the swing of things, and your baby is starting to reward you with smiles and a little more interaction.

However, one frustration I hear a lot from moms of babies at this age is “I feel like I keep taking the same photo of my baby over and over again.”

I know, it’s hard at this age because while they’re doing more, they’re still not really doing a whole lot yet—pretty much all they can do is lie there, looking adorable, of course, but there aren’t a whole variety of poses that they can hold.

1. The stroller

Let’s face it, your baby probably spends a lot of time in the stroller. I’ve taken a LOT of photos of both my kids in their strollers, and it can be fun when you can also capture the difference places you’ve taken them (even if it is the grocery store, the drug store, the bookstore etc.).

In the photo above, it was less about the environment (although you can tell it was at the park) and more about the light, the composition and the eye contact. Take advantage of the fact that your baby is stationary and can be moved to the best light (that’s not going to last long!) and play around with shooting from different angles. Your baby is stationary but that doesn’t mean you have to be as well!

(If you wear your baby more often than you use a stroller, you can take  fun self-portraits of the two of you by using the well-loved “outstretched arm” technique!)

2. The high chair


The high chair is another place your baby will start spending time right about now. I deliberately placed Jack’s high chair closer to the window than where we had it for Liam, just to take advantage of better light! I also deliberately picked a photogenic high chair, but no matter what your high chair looks like, it’s fun to capture emotions and expressions as your baby tries new foods, along with the inevitable mess. In this photo, I just went for the expression of anticipation!

3. The swing

I love swing photos!  The swing is another safe place that you can put your baby and snap away to your heart’s content. Again, look for fun and different angles to shoot from!

4. Sitting propped up


This is one you’ve probably tried, but just because they’re propped up doesn’t mean it has to look as awkward as it sometimes can. Again, it’s about getting creative with the angle you’re shooting from. Getting at your baby’s level is always a good way to get a more striking photo that captures your child’s emerging personality.

5. The exersaucer


Ah, the exersaucer, that ugly, unwieldy device that we love to hate because, well, it’s ugly and unwieldy and takes up so much room, and yet, it’s another safe, fun place to put the baby so that maybe we could actually do enjoy a few hands free moments in our home!

Usually, I’m all for minimizing distracting clutter in your photos as much as you can, but sometimes, well, the crazy colors and shapes and all the other toys that are EVERYWHERE are part of what life is right now and can be captured in a fun way.

6. The Bumbo


I know, I know, there’s been a recall and you’re not supposed to put the Bumbo on a raised surface. We only ever put him on the table like this under very close supervision (within arm’s reach at all times) but who could resist expression?! They look adorable, plus it’s a great way to seat them for photos before they are actually sitting by themselves.

7. Lying down


This is the obvious one, but you can still get creative with the angle you’re shooting from… or what you’re capturing, in this photo, some yummy toe snacking with a lovely textured blanket as the background. Use different toys and blankets as props, find different lighting, and play around with different angles.

8. At an angle


Speaking of angles, even just photographing your baby at an angle can make it more interesting, as in this photo (that also happens to be a lying down photo). The angle here adds compositional interest, allows you to see Jack’s face better, and also shows some of the environment.

9. Tummy time


The classic! I love tummy time photos! It’s one of the few ways your baby gets the opportunity to hold their head up unassisted and by 3-6 months, they are usually doing tummy time a little more happily than they might have been earlier. It’s a great time for cute smiles and expressions.

10. Held by another adult



Finally, if your spouse or another adult is around, they can really help out by holding your baby up to be photographed. I do this a lot with my portrait clients, and it also worked great here in this photo of Jack being held up by my husband with some artwork and a couple of family portraits in the background.

I hope that helps!

 

Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a family photographer and photography coach for parents with Photosanity. A former architect and interior designer, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her two boys Liam, age six, and Jack, age three.

Alethea is on a mission to help parents more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their children’s lives through photography. Find her on http://photosanity.com