Guest post by OMC members, Baby Notebook
I am guilty of it. I’m that person taking a million photos of my baby. I think we have about 1200+ pictures of her just sleeping or cooing in the first five months of her life. When I look back at these photos, I am generally unimpressed. She’s doing the same thing in each shot. I think to myself, will she treasure these photos when she’s a busy teen or adult, or not care? Eeek! I want to take a picture of her she will LOVE for a lifetime!
I began to think about which photos I love and treasure of myself as a baby. I love the photograph of my mom and me in Yosemite Valley on my first birthday. I love the picture of my dad and me at the beach when I’m two years old. I love the one where my cousin is holding me up in the air so I can “fly” when I’m five years old. All of my favorite photos from childhood had other people (family) in them! Were they the best photos ever? Probably not. Were they my favorites- YES!
So, here is my tip: be in the photo yourself!
I know, maybe this sounds not doable. Here are all the things you might be thinking.
- I don’t have time to “get ready” (I relate)
- No one takes photos of me with my baby (this is me)
- I don’t want to be in the picture (haha, me again)
Yes, I get that reaction because that is the exact reason why I am not in many of my baby’s photos. Here is a solution so that you can take a picture that your child will genuinely treasure for a lifetime.
- Ask your partner (or close loved one) to take photos of you and your baby. Hand them your phone and say, “Can you please take some photos of us?” This strategy works well because you can choose a day and time you got ready and wore an outfit you like and have a little more control and confidence in how you look.
- Take a selfie. Pick a day when you feel great about how you look and take it in the bathroom mirror, or hold out and snap one. You can also use the timer mode on your phone (this will result in a higher resolution image). Quick warning about image size and selfies- the pixel size is much smaller with the selfie mode! So these photos will be better for smaller prints. If you want your photos to have higher resolution use the timer mode.
- Hire a local photographer. My family hired a local photographer to take photos of us for our Christmas card this year. We got a few nice candid shots of all four of us, which would not have happened if we hadn’t paid someone.
About Baby Notebook:
The modern baby book every mom needs.
Introducing the Baby Notebook app. A gorgeous baby book in your hands at the end of year one — no cutting and pasting, formatting or having to remember it all.
Document the days week by week in just 5 minutes. You’ll receive a weekly notification from Baby Notebook to remind you to upload a photo or answer a writing prompt.
A little piece of your baby book will get done each week, and by the time your baby turns one, you’ll be able to hit “print.”
We’re Davia & Suzanne the sisters and mothers behind Baby Notebook. In 2018, we were in the midst of motherhood. Our babies, who were born two days apart, were suddenly 4-months-old. We were discussing how our baby books were (not) coming along. We were both feeling disappointed and, yes, mom-guilt. The reality was the pages were blank.
We were tired of the overwhelming amount of steps it takes to put together a traditional baby book. Step 1, select photos, step 2 print photos… So we made an app for that — Baby Notebook — a modern and convenient way to create a baby book.
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