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© Amy Postle
© Amy Postle
Document your pregnancy
If you are willing and able to do multiple shoots, try documenting your growth. Take the first shot when you first become pregnant, then, beginning at month 3 (earlier or later depending on your body & when you begin to show) take one photo a month. Choose a specific place and angle- that way the only thing changing is your belly. In the end you can print them out, bind them together, and make a fun flipbook of your belly as it grows... more
 
© Amy Postle
© Amy Postle
Shoot from your perspective
Document your interactions with your baby. Try including your arms in the photo as you interact with your child. If you're giving them a bath, shoot from the angle you are really at in that moment. Capture things as realistically as possible and from the angle that only a parent sees... more
 
© Michael Crouser
© Michael Crouser
Let the child be themselves
Put the child in an atmosphere that is comfortable and familiar to them, and let them be themselves. Is there anything harder than trying to make a good picture of a child who doesn't want to be there? Think about those nightmare "Santa's lap" pictures, or those of a child in a new outfit that they hate. I wish I had a nickel for every kid I was photographing who decided they were bored, and simply walked away... more
 
© Amy Postle
© Amy Postle
Be a silent observer
Rather than instructing, positioning, and asking your child to smile - take a step back and enjoy the subtleties of your children. You will see, appreciate and capture the natural moments in your child's life, rather than taking another staged "say cheese" picture... more