Top hospital pictures to capture during your stay.
Plus tips and tricks on how to achieve them.
There are so many things running through a moms mind when getting ready to head to the hospital to give birth the her sweet angel. Rather it’s the first baby or the third or fourth baby, we all have the same panic moments heading into the hospital. For most of us, documenting life around us as we enter the delivery room is not top on the priority list. Expectations of getting those pictures go out the window with the first contractions.
Many of us will plan ahead to either have a birthing photographer (a photographer who comes in to document the birth of your baby), or a photographer who comes in to document your stay in the hospital after your baby has been born (Fresh 48 photographer). Either way, or even without hiring a photographer at all, there are things that you or your guest can document as a keepsake from your hospital stay. The main thing to remember is to document life as it’s happening with little to no posing. Here are a few top hospital pictures to capture during your hospital stay!
In this blog, I’m featuring Mr. Ezekiel and the gorgeous Fravel family. They welcomed Ezekiel into the world on the 3rd of December at 3:15PM! This little stinker is currently the youngest of the Fravel boys, but boy does his big brothers, Micah and Noah, love him!! Please help me welcome Ezekiel into this crazy big world and enjoy the photos of this handsome little man and his beautiful family in the mean time.
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Things you’ll need: The baby ;), a well lit room (open up those blinds to bring in the nice natural light from outside!) or if that isn’t an option L&D rooms have pretty amazing birthing lights they use! Ask for assistance for using those bad boys! Try to avoid using flashes. Remember baby has been in the womb for quiet some time now. The room is already fairly bright to them, adding a flash can startle baby and can be harmful to their little eyes. (Professional photographers know how to bounce light from flashes or defuse the flash so that it is not harmful for baby)
Top Hospital Picture #1
The Babies Face, and all the fine details.
Rather or not you have a professional camera, a point and shoot camera, or the camera on your cell phone (which by the way are proven to be pretty great now a days), this is an easily achievable photo to grab! First you want to get a nice full picture of the baby and work your way in. Full body, a picture of the babies face, and don’t forget those tiny little details: ears, nose, eyelashes, mouth, dimples, and the little hair on their head. These details are super easy to get, even if the baby is nice and wrapped up. For most cell phone cameras you can tap and hold on the detail you’d like to be in focus on the back of the camera and it will lock it into place. Aim at shooting down the facial features rather than shooting up them and avoid using a flash.
Top Hospital Picture #2
Mom & Baby, Dad & Baby
Some new moms want to document everything from the timing of their first contraction, to the time they set foot out of the hospital with their brand new baby. This photo opportunity can be snagged at many different times and can represent different emotions depending on when you decided to capture it. It can range from the first time mom set eyes on baby, or the first time she’s holding baby, skin to skin photos with mom and dad are breath taking and something you will treasure for years to come! Bonus: You can grab little sentimental moments of mom or dad snuggling with baby. In those first hours when snuggling with baby, everything seems to disappear. The emotions you’ll capture when they’re in the moment are priceless!
Top Hospital Picture #3
Cleaning Up, Tiny Toes, & little bands
By now the sweet little one is getting ready for their first bath, having their feet and handprints taken, and getting tagged as brand new baby X(insert last name here). This is the best time to capture the tiny little details of babies hands, feet, cord, and any other little detail that may be bundled up after bath time. One of my favorite shots is of the baby getting their first little bath and the nurses stamping their little feet. Some babies may not have much hair while other moms endured heartburn for the last seven months and it’s paid off! After the babies bath, you’ll have the opportunity to document babies feet getting stamped, and actually most nurses will help pose their tiny little feet so you can get a great photo! Don’t forget to snag a picture of the certificate with the babies inked feet and hands on it. Don’t forget about the babies little bands. They’ll have a band on each arm and one on their foot that coordinates with mom and dads bands (which also makes a cute keepsake photo).
Top Hospital Picture #4
Meeting the family/ siblings for the first time.
One of the most documented milestones in a hospital stay is the big brother(s) or sisters(s) meeting baby for the first time. For some, this is such an exciting time! The emotions and facial expressions you’ll get are priceless! Here are a few tips for getting those awesome expressions: Make a grand entrance! Have someone help by bringing the siblings in and close the curtain in front of the door. That way everyone is prepared for the curtain to open (or the door if there is no curtain!) As the one taking the photo, you’ll want to stand on the other side of mom and the baby. Chances are, the siblings will be overly excited to see mom and meet the new baby! You’ll get those first few smiles and snuggles! After the excitement has faded a bit, they’ll be sure to want to hold their brand new baby! Of course that’s up to the desecration of mom and dad. 😉
Top Hospital Picture #5
One of the first, and last, things I document when wrapping up a hospital photo session is documenting the surrounds. Photographs to grab are a photo of the hospital the baby is being delivered at, hall ways/ room door, nursery, charts, details of the doctor/ nurse on duty chart, and photographs of the room(s) mom and baby are staying in. You can get a good bit of these when mom and baby are getting ready to be discharged from their hospital stay. Don’t worry about clutter or food/ toys being all over the room, after all we live in these rooms for at least 24-48 hours. Clutter and food just means we were human beings staying in there. 🙂
For more top picks for hospital photos to grab check out this blog over here at The Baby Center! <3