Instagram isn't just the perfect place to post impeccably composed food shots or cute photos of pets. It's also one of the best venues to share photos of your bundle of joy to the world. Follow these simple tips and you'll soon be taking Instagram-worthy baby pics like a pro.
Use cute costumes
The only thing cuter than a baby? A baby in a costume, of course! And you don't even have to spend much money to create a memorable one—just browse the internet and you'll find dozens of easy DIY costumes that cost close to nothing.
Think of creative backgrounds
Let your creativity loose with the background as well. An easy option is to take your child's photo in the yard or in the park. If you're the artsy type, you can design a themed background using props and your baby's toys. Check out some ideas here, or you can try making your own photo booth.
Look for good lighting
In most cases, you won't even need to use the flash on your DSLR or smartphone camera. Just position your baby near a window and let the natural light do its magic. Of course, there are so-called "magic hours" in the day when the light is softer and more flattering. These are usually an hour after sunrise or two hours before sunset.
Get on their level
Baby photos look more interesting and natural if you're taking them from your child's eye level. Taking photos from this angle feels more intimate and allows you to capture their facial expressions better.
Download helpful apps
Your phone's default camera app has basic retouching tools that make your baby more photogenic, but if you want finer control or filters, consider downloading free apps online. If your phone has a burst mode, take full advantage of it—this feature will make taking action shots of your baby infinitely easier.
Let your hubby help
Trying to snap the perfect photo while directing your baby is a lot to juggle. So get the hubby in on the fun! He can make funny faces or give your child toys while you wait to capture that picture-perfect moment.
Babies grow up so fast, and taking their photos is a fun and creative way of documenting their early years. Even better, contests like Star Baby 2016 reward shutterbug moms for capturing the cutest baby photos.
The Star Baby 2016 competition recently announced the second batch of winners from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, who each received P50,000 worth of prizes, plus a feature on SmartParenting.com.ph.
Star Baby 2016 is now accepting entries for the competition's third leg, which is open to all Mom Card or SM Advantage Card holders with babies 18 months or below.
If you love taking pics of your baby, this could be your chance to win him awesome prizes! For the full mechanics, visit the official Facebook page of Baby Company.