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My top tips for photographing your baby

While I can’t say I’m a total pro, I’ve learned along the way while photographing Ellie. She’s a little mover and a shaker, so sometimes it can be tricky to get her in focus! 😉 You can apply these tips whether you’re using an iphone, point and shoot, or dslr camera. Are you ready?! Here we go!


Don’t be afraid to snap away. If you’re not shooting film, then for heavens sake, click away! Sometimes you think you have the shot and then your little one starts crawling away (this happens all the time at our house!) With little wiggly worms, it’s hard to get the shot right off the bat. It often takes me a few tries to get that golden shot.

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See what I mean? Those are all the shots I took until I actually got her to look at me. It was worth it!

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Keep Camera Handy My camera goes wherever I go (most of the time). It’s also easier for me to keep my camera in a common spot in our house since I can’t say to Ellie “stay right there and don’t move” while I run to get my camera! If it’s easily accessible, I can quickly capture messy faces, giggles, and cheesy grins.

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Shoot at different angles. Most of the time I prefer to be down on Ellie’s level, but sometimes I like to mix it up by standing above her, to the side, etc. Once you’ve found your spot, try out a few varying angles. Different angles will add character and make your photos unique!

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Turn off the flash and find good light! There are certain circumstances when you’ll need a flash and flashes in studios are fantastic, but for taking photos at home, just turn it off. Instead, look for good, natural light! It took me a little while to figure out the good light in our house. The back room in the morning was too harsh and didn’t have enough in the evening. The front room and our bedroom were my best bet. They had plenty of windows and the sun wasn’t too direct.


I also love shady spots. No worrying about harsh shadows there! Need a little more sunshine? Shooting outside in the early morning or late evening also casts perfect light and the shadows will be less harsh. Your baby doesn’t have to smiling in every photo either. Get them exploring, throwing a fit, or intently watching their daddy.

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Capture the details. Some of my favorite photos are of Ellie’s crossed ankles (she did that in my belly too), the rolls on her legs, painted toenails, and her fuzzy hair. Take time to photograph your child’s favorite toys, mannerisms, quirks, and personality. You’ll be so happy looking back at those moments in time.

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Whew! Did you make it to the end? I tried to narrow down my photo choices as much as possible, turns out I have thousands and thousands of pictures of this little miss. 😉 She has grown so dang fast, so I am happy I have all these moments locked in time.

Alexa Zurcher




  • Unknown

    OMG she is the best – and you are the best momma!!!

  • Eryka

    The cutest baby ever!

  • Tori Baldridge

    These are such great tips!! I would love it if you did some editing tips next 😉

  • Candice

    She is gorgeous, which makes it just that much easier, i'm sure! 😉 I want to meet this little miss in person sometime! We should grab lunch next time you are in st. geezy!

  • Amy

    What fabulous tips! Of course, it makes it that much more amazing that you have the perfect model!!!! Seriously!!!

  • Unknown

    I LOVED THOSE TIPS!! So helpful!!! (: Love you!

  • P

    this is super inspiring! It's nice to hear some good handy tips from the picture pro. And ellie, oh ellie, how can you go wrong with such a photogenic child???! 🙂

  • Tiffany

    I love this post! I have ALWAYS loved the photos that you post on here of Ellie! She is so freaking cute and you know just how to capture her.
    Ps- her nursery is ADORABLE!

  • Jana

    I am so glad you posted this! It's been a process learning how to take good photos of Joshua. I look back at some that I took of him when he was brand new and cringe at all the mistakes I made. These tips were awesome. Thanks Lex! Ellie is so adorable, as always. 🙂

  • Unknown

    i loved this 🙂

  • Cindy Sharkey

    and your photo tips are true for all subjects but of course Ellie is the best 🙂

  • Rachel Berry

    Awesome tips!! Do you think you will ever post some of your Photoshop editing tips as well?
    Your babe is stinking C.U.T.E.!!!!


  • April @ Hansen Love

    She is just too cute! 🙂 Loved all the pictures 🙂

  • Celeste

    Looove this post! I just had my first baby about 7 weeks ago and I've already taken hundreds of photos…but none of them look as good as these! I will definitely be using these tips going forward 🙂

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