When it comes to babies you can never have too many photos. They change SO fast! So here are my tips for capturing as much as you can before they suddenly become a real person...
1. The Camera
It actually doesn't matter what you are taking photos on as long as you are taking them. Yes, of course if you could spend the money on a DSLR I would say go for it but phones are fine. If you have the option then get the one that is best in low light... yay for UK weather!
2. The Light
Natural light is my favourite. It wraps around us, lighting us naturally, beautifully and (unless it is crazy bright) softly. Position baby near a window for best light and remember- shadows are a good thing, they add depth.
3. The Outfit
So many choices. It depends on what kind of photos you are taking. If they are everyday lifestyle ones then just dress them in what they usually wear- you'll look back at it and love remembering them wearing those clothes. For something more styled I would advise neutral colours and no logos/patterns to avoid it dating.
4. The Technicalities
If you are using a camera (or some phones) and can change the F stop then this will give you better control over the image. For portraits and unmoving subjects (>6 months, gotta love that sitting age) I usually shoot at around F/2-3.2. Focus on their eyes and then you'll get a lovely bokeh background blur (for more background blur, which then keeps the focus on baby, keep a large distance between baby and the background).
5. The Happy Baby
Play with baby. Don't expect them to be sat there waiting for you happily... you are getting in the way of their play time! Play peekaboo behind the camera, make their favourite teddy tickle them or give them something to hold and play with- my favourite images are often the ones when baby is engrossed in a new toy, not the ones with eye contact.
And there you have it! Take ALL the photos... and remember to print them too :)