That moment when your baby arrives is surely a special one. No wonder then that every new parent wishes to preserve this moment forever by capturing it in a photograph. However, if enough thought is not given before doing so, it can also ruin the picture, and thus the moment, forever. So, if you are expecting a baby soon and want to take those first photos soon after birth, here are some ground rules for you to consider:
Take Time To Get Ready For The Camera
By the time a woman delivers her baby, she might become quite used to all the blood and fluid around her. So, if her baby were to get clicked covered in blood and amniotic fluid, in all probability she might not even object to it. However, that’s something your friends or family members might not be prepared for when they see your baby’s first pic. In fact, it might gross them out. Plus, imagine your baby growing up to find this picture of himself/herself! Thus, we recommend that instead of rushing into it, take your time to get ready for the camera. Wait for the nurses to cleanse your baby out while you settle yourself before you are ready to pose.
Check Out Any Embarrassing Angles
Once your baby is handed back to you, take your baby in the position from where you wish to be clicked. While you are at it, also look out for places that require some nips and tucks, or any slips. The good thing is that, unlike the analog cameras of yore, we can make these checks on our mobile phones before clicking the pictures.
Give A Good Thought To The Caption
It is quite common for people to find themselves at a loss of words while posting a picture on their social media profile. But don’t be hasty while doing so. Whatever you put on the internet is going to be there for everyone to see. So, make sure you think well and choose the right words to go along with the picture before sharing it.
Skim Through Your Contact List Before You Share It
One of the fastest ways to announce your newborn’s arrival is through social media. Be it your Instagram account or Facebook, all your friends and family members will get the news in a jiffy. However, the internet can also be an unsafe place. And, there could also be someone in your contact list who you wouldn’t wish to share the news with. So, before you put up the picture for everyone to see, just skim through the contact list. Remove or block any of the contacts you do not wish to share this piece of news with. Only then go ahead and post it.
Do It Before Your Visitors
Sometimes visitors steal your thunder, either deliberately or unintentionally, by capturing your baby’s first photo and then sharing it with the rest of your gang. This can upset the parents as well. While this is a sad practice, unfortunately not many visitors understand this. To handle this situation, make some ground rules for your visitors even before the baby is born. You can also try taking the hospital staff into confidence and ask your visitors to leave their phones at the reception before entering the ward to see your baby. Once you’ve set the rules, do not delay sharing the pics with your family and friends as they are as eager to see your baby.
Your baby’s birth is a special moment in your life – something that you’ll cherish forever. So, to capture a moment that is as special as this, it is worth spending a few minutes to prepare well for the moment. And when you are done, go ahead and capture what’ll be the best photograph in yours as well as your baby’s life!