Create a DIY Valentine’s Day photoshoot for baby with your cellphone camera to cherish sweet memories of your baby’s first Valentine’s Day! In today’s blog post, I’m sharing five easy tips to help you snap adorable baby Valentine’s Day pictures.
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HOW DO YOU CREATE A VALENTINE’S DAY PHOTOSHOOT FOR BABY?
Creating a Valentine’s Day photoshoot for your baby with your cellphone camera is quick and easy to do. All you need is your cellphone, Valentine decorations, and a cute Valentine-themed outfit!
I captured adorable baby Valentine’s Day pictures of Zaya with my Samsung Galaxy S10+ and I love how they turned out.
No, the Valentine’s pictures of my baby aren’t super fancy like a professional photoshoot (and there’s nothing wrong with getting baby Valentine’s Day photos taken by a pro photographer).
However, I love capturing candid photos of my children because I think the photos are fun and sweet.
If you love taking candid photos of your kids, too, then this DIY Valentine’s Day photoshoot for baby is perfect for you!
Materials you will need:
- Valentine decorations
- Valentine-themed outfit
- blanket or sheet that matches your theme
- your cellphone
DIRECTIONS FOR CREATING DIY BABY VALENTINE’S DAY PICTURES
1. USE VALENTINE’S DAY DECORATIONS IN THE PHOTOS.
Valentine decorations and signs make great photo props for a baby’s Valentine’s Day photoshoot. You can use decorations that you already have, make your own, or buy decor at your local retailer.
2. CHOOSE A VALENTINE-THEMED OUTFIT.
There are so many cute Valentine’s Day outfits for babies. It’s hard to choose just one!
Retailers like Old Navy and Target sell Valentine’s outfits, or you could thrift an adorable baby outfit at your local consignment store like Once Upon a Child.
I decided to keep Zaya’s outfit simple with a Valentine bodysuit, a pink headband, and light pink tights. I bought her hearts bodysuit at Old Navy and I ordered her pink headband and tights on Amazon.
3. CLEAN YOUR CAMERA LENS.
This tip is really important if you’re photographing your subject with a cellphone camera.
We oftentimes get our phone camera lens dirty without even realizing it. A fingerprint smudge, for instance, can make your photos come out hazy or even blurry.
You can clean your phone lens with a soft, terry cloth or electronic wipes. You can also use a Lenspen like this one I got at BestBuy.
I sometimes use Lenspen for my phone camera lens when I am out and about. However, for a more thorough cleaning, I typically use electronic wipes to clean my phone’s lens and then gently wipe off the alcohol residue with a microfiber cloth.
4. NATURAL DAYLIGHT IS BEST FOR INDOOR PHOTOS.
When photographing indoors, you want to set up your Valentine’s photoshoot near a window that has good lighting in the daytime.
Our patio window has the best lighting in the afternoon so I placed Zaya’s baby blanket on the carpet near the window. Then I laid her down on the blanket and placed the “LOVE” sign next to her.
PHOTO TIP: Using a flash in your photos may startle your baby, aggravate their vision, and/or create washed-out (over-exposed) photos. This article shares good tips on how to navigate using the flash on your camera.
5. USE SIMPLE POSES TO KEEP BABY COMFORTABLE.
Using simple photo poses will keep your little one comfortable and happy during the photoshoot. If you’re baby isn’t a sitter yet, then having him lie down on his back is the best position.
If you prefer your baby to be in a seated position, then you can place her in a baby support seat that helps with a supported-sitting position.
BUT WHAT IF MY BABY IS SLEEPING WHEN IT’S TIME TO TAKE THEIR PICTURE?
Sleeping babies make adorable baby Valentine’s Day pictures, too! So if your baby is sleeping at the time of your Valentine’s Day photoshoot, don’t worry about waking them. (Because you don’t want baby to be fussy!)
Go ahead and arrange the Valentine decor the way you want it and take baby’s pictures. The photographs will come out just as cute as if your adorable babe was awake. 🙂
Hope you enjoy creating special memories with your Valentine’s Day photoshoot for baby! Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo
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