Photographing infants can occasionally be time consuming. They generally just lay there with a little cute expression on their face, but sometimes you want laughing, other times simply smiling or a straight face. You have to implement a few tricks to get them to change their expressions for the perfect shots.

photography studio las vegasParents absolutely love photos of their baby where we isolate the parts of the baby. Taking photos of just their tiny feet and toes or incredibly delicate hands and fingers. Zooming onto the fine details of can be effectively rewarding. A variation would be to include one or both of the parents’ to contrast the delicateness of the baby. For example the baby holding mom’s finger, or the baby’s hand placed inside of dads hands will show how incredibly tiny your newborn is compared to a grown adult.

What goes in to taking the best baby portraits?

A challenge photographer’s face when trying to take photos of babies is trying to keep the baby entertained while at the same time trying not to make them cry. As the photographer entertains they have to keep the camera ready to capture those incredible expressions you are hoping to create. 

Being ready to snap the shot

Babies are not predictable and you are not going to be able to judge when that cute expression will cross their face. A good trick that photographers use is to just keep snapping shots as they can always delete or adjust the photos later. Professional photographers have special camera settings that allow them to automatically snap many shots in succession. This is a strategy used to find the most perfect and cute shots.

We use the perfect lighting

Daytime is the best time to shoot baby photos so we can get the benefit of natural lighting. This lighting provides a soft look to the baby’s skin. Setting up by a window is the best but at the same time avoiding the direct rays of the sun to minimize shadows. If there are any dark spots we can use an external flash. 

Hamming it up

To get your sweet little newborn to smile we are going to have to “ham it up” and try to appear funny to the little one so they smile or even giggle. Making funny faces, or a baby’s favorite, hide and seek from behind a cloth or one of our hands to make them smile. Another favorite for babies is making silly sounds like goofy duck noises or something similar. Usually you as the parent knows more than we do about what makes your baby tick and their weaknesses for smiles and giggles.

Keeping it simple

Remember the focus is looking for adorable portraits of your child and we’re not going to be concerned or even want a lot happening in the background. There is no need to clutter the background with unneeded settings. Great backdrops for baby portraits are simple cloths of gray, beige or white gently hung over a couple of chairs or maybe baskets.

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Creating lasting memories

Capturing your baby in an activity makes for a memorable baby photo. Capturing them interacting with other family members will be priceless. If there are older siblings try and get them to come to the photo session so that they can interact with your baby. Cuddling your baby is also incredibly endearing.

Keep yourself as part of the background and don’t try to force the interactions, letting them happen naturally so the portrait looks genuine. The only input you should have is trying to steer them towards the photographer to capture great shots.

Use these tips to prepare yourself for your next Las Vegas newborn baby photographer session. Even though Marie Grantham Photography will take care of everything you need for beautiful baby photographs, you can also be adventurous and come up with more of your own ideas to create the perfect, heart-warming baby photographs that will set your name above the rest.

Call Marie at 702-336-1609 to schedule your appointment.


  1. Baby Photos on Hand-Stretched Canvas

Have you ever imagined what it’s like to have your favorite newborn photos showcased into a magnificent photo art display? You can do that by printing your newborn images onto a hand stretched canvas to give it an artistic and finished appearance to your most precious baby photos. Get the canvas from a craft store.

Personalizing your baby photos is really easy

  1. Personalized Postage Stamps

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Transform one of your cutest baby photographs into a custom postage stamp. It’s simple to do, upload a photo to one of the many online apps available on the USPS website and edit it just the way you want. Every stamp you create will be a real valid postage stamp. Just an idea, they can be used on your thank-you cards, holiday card envelopes, or as a creative party invite. Adding your personal touch to your mail pieces is really exciting and fun to try.

  1. Custom Thank You Card

Feature your baby on the cover of your custom thank you card or note. Your friends will love the personal touch. Everyone will now have a photo memento from your special occasions.

We even have ideas for digital baby photos

  1. Create a DVD Slideshow

Another fun idea is to create a DVD slideshow showcasing photos and videos of your time during pregnancy and your baby’s first few months. You can add some of your favorite music to your new production. This is a wonderful way to create memories of your baby’s life and growth.

  1. Online Scrapbook

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A scrapbook is like telling a story with images. Tell the story of your baby’s timeline and publish it as an online scrapbook. You can include photographs from your time leading up to your baby being born and after. Include your baby shower photos and document the times you went out shopping for the crib and baby clothes. Your scrap-book is easy to share because it’s online and easily accessible to anyone with the link. One of my favorite places to share photos like these are Pinterest.

  1. Digital Photo Book

These digital photo-books are becoming more and more popular. They are basically the same as your typical photo album but this one is in digital format on a device similar to an I Pad or Kindle tablet. For those of you looking for new and modern ways to display your photos, this is it. You can even buy canvas or suede leather covers for the photo book. Most of them have a really cool feature where you can showcase it on a table. There is even an option that will rotate images like a carousel. I’ve seen these photo-books at BestBuy and various craft stores.

  1. Baby Caricature

A baby caricature is the cartoon version of your baby. The image is drawn by a professional artist. You can usually find these artists at fairs and malls.

These are fun ways to create wonderful memories with you and your newborn baby. You will already have many of these photos in a digital format after you have hired a maternity and newborn photographer. Marie Grantham Photography can get you started on your journey during pregnancy and after documenting the stages.

Babies grow fast, be sure to get your professional newborn photos right after he/she is born. Marie is a local Henderson and Las Vegas photographer, call 702-336-1609 to schedule your professional maternity and newborn baby photo shoot.


Getting pictures taken of your newborn is a special time in new parents’ lives. Capturing the innocence of this time requires an expert professional Newborn photographer. The photographer’s experience and reputation are two important factors to consider. You also want to find someone who will fit your personal style and can convey who you and your child are. These are memories you will want to treasure for a lifetime, so making the right choice of the baby photographer is important. Hiring a professional may not be inexpensive, but the right photographer will be worth the expense when you receive your precious newborn photos.

Considering Las Vegas newborn photography?

Once you decide you are willing to spend the money and time on getting the right newborn pictures, you want to find the right photographer. First, you will want to decide a few months prior to the baby being born who you want to go with. Planning is important, and there is little time to get newborn pictures. So what do you need to look for or ask of a photographer to find out if they are right for you?

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Here are a few things you need to consider for the best newborn photographer:

  • Talk to others: Most of the times, the best photographers are found through recommendations. Speak to other parents that have had newborn shoots done. Look at their photos and decide if it is the type of look you want to go for. Then you may want to visit that photographer’s website, or contact them to find out more information.
  • Fits your style: The most important thing is to find a photographer who fits your style. If you have in mind the feel you want the photos to have, do some shopping around to find a photographer who embodies that image. You may want to look beyond your town, and be willing to travel to find the perfect photographer. View the photographer’s galleries on their website or catalog to find the look you want.
  • Packages offered: When choosing a photographer, you also want to consider the types of packages they offer. If you are interested in giant canvas wall art pieces, you want to make sure the photographer you choose can do this for you. If you want prints, an album, or an image box, do your research on what the photographers offer. Decide beforehand how you want the photos delivered to you so that you are not surprised to find out they do not offer what you are looking for!


Types of Newborn Photographers:

There are two types of newborn photography – lifestyle and posed. There are so many options to choose from within these two categories, and you will want to decide ahead of time the format you are interested in.

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Lifestyle photographs

Lifestyle photographs are typically candid shots. They involve the newborn within their normal space, doing normal baby things. These also involve the parents, siblings, or other friends and family members interacting with the baby. In the natural movements of life, emotional connections can be captured. If you only want this style, you would need to find a photographer who will come to your home or other location in order to take these precious pictures. If you would like a combination of lifestyle and posed, these can be taken in between posed shots in the studio setup.

Posed portraits

Posed portraits are the most popular of newborn images. When newborns are so young, it is easy to “mold” them into positions to take classic, sweet photos. Many choose this option. If you do, you want to make sure you choose a photographer who is experienced and skilled in working with newborns. These are photos of babies wrapped or posed on various backgrounds with a variety of accessories.

For these shots, find out how your photographer works. Do they use a variety of colors, or stick with neutrals? Do they incorporate textures to give the photos depth? Find out the appropriate lighting effects that the photographer will use for best results – Natural light or studio light. Discuss all possible options with a photographer, and ask for examples.

Once you know what you want, you can be armed with the questions to ask a photographer and find the perfect one to take lasting images of your newborn. Marie Grantham is a local Las Vegas baby photographer, call 702-336-1609 to schedule your portrait session today!


Maternity photography is a great way to capture the beauty of pregnancy. Pregnancy, although it may not feel like it at that time, does not last long. It is that time where you and your child can inextricably be the same. It is a great time to capture the wonders of life, and to show your child for years to come, a time they will not remember without your maternity photographs.

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But you will remember, and to capture those memories is something you will want to do. There are also a lot of things that can be costly when you are pregnant, but spending the extra money on professional maternity photography is something you may want to consider. These types of photo sessions are fun and can be done in a variety of creative ways. Here is some advice when considering if and when you should have professional maternity photos taken in Las Vegas.

When Should You Look Into Maternity Photography?

Many women take their photos in the third trimester. These give the photos the biggest belly to use. Although this may not sound tempting, you may be more limited in movement and your ability to choose location and shots at this stage. Some mothers consider the second trimester. At this point, there is some growth, but maybe not so much as to limit yourself. It is said that the ideal time is seven months. Consider which you think would be best for you. Speak to your favorite local Las Vegas maternity photographer, friends and family who may have taken these photos before.

Should you show off some skin?

There are many ways to take maternity photos. They can be conservative, where the mother is covered up and dressed with fancy clothes, and taken in a fun and different location. Those who are a little more risqué may take the bare maternity photos. These are fairly popular shots where the mother is partially undressed and barely covering to show off her tummy. Done well, these photos can capture something special. Make sure you choose a photographer who can specialize in this type of photography, as angles and lighting are highly important. You can also choose the middle, such as being dressed, but showing off your belly. Choose what is comfortable for you.

Should you take the photos alone?

Although this is a special time for a mother-to-be, it can be just as important to the whole family. Many maternity photos include the spouse or the baby’s siblings. This captures a time when you are inviting your new baby into the world, and bringing all family members into the shot can add an extra layer of interest to the pictures.

Where should you do the maternity photo shoot?

These types of photography shoots can be taken anywhere. You may want to have the photographer come to your home for a more intimate session. But you can also find locations that will be more fun. When choosing a location, you will want to avoid standing in front of a messy room of course, but you also might want to avoid an outdoor background that is too busy. You are the focus of the shot, not the background. It would be nice to pick somewhere tranquil and peaceful, such as your backyard or a park similar to Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas Nevada. Discuss with your photographer possible locations and make sure she is willing to travel there.

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In addition to the above tips, here are some poses you can try. Just discuss them with your photographer to make sure she can do these within the location and lighting availability.

Some poses you could try are:

  • Close up on your belly
  • Lay on your back on your couch to show off your tummy size
  • When including other children, either hold them or have them standing in front of your belly
  • Sit on a beach or in front of a tranquil background
  • Work the “S” curve – one hip out, one shoulder high, one shoulder low, hands relaxed
  • A profile shot
  • Any yoga poses, if you can still do them!

Maternity photography is a great way to cherish this special time in your life – Use it to capture some amazing photos!! Marie Grantham Photography is available anytime and will guide you every step of the way for your Las Vegas maternity photography photo session. Contact Marie at (702) 336-1609 to schedule your professional photo shoot.