How to Take Breastfeeding Photos

Capture a Special Moment With a Beautiful Photo

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Breastfeeding baby. Pixabay/102Messmanos

Not everyone is comfortable with breastfeeding photos, but it's perfectly natural to want to have a memento from this special time in your baby's life. Despite the controversy they often cause, breastfeeding photos can be beautiful, artistic representations of the bond between a nursing mother and her child. But trying to take pictures with an unpredictable baby can be a challenge. Follow these tips to make the photo shoot a breeze:

Timing Your Photo Session:

When taking breastfeeding pictures, timing is crucial. It's best to wait to take pictures until you've established a regular nursing routine. Many mothers struggle to get their babies to nurse during the first few weeks, and a frustrated baby makes for a poor photo subject. It's also a good idea to schedule breastfeeding photos for when your baby is hungry and eager to nurse, which can be hard to predict during the early weeks.

Choosing a Pose:

Are breastfeeding photos "obscene"? It depends on what you're comfortable with. Answering this question is difficult because there are obviously several different ways to photograph a mother nursing her child. Some factors that can make a photo more or less appropriate:

  • If the photo shows the mother's cleavage
  • If the baby is latched
  • If the mother's nipple is visible
  • What the mother is wearing
  • What the baby is wearing

If you don't regularly breastfeed your baby in public, you may want to practice nursing in front of a mirror a few times before your photo session.

This will help you see how much nudity is involved in a particular nursing position if you want to keep the photos a little more modest. You can also experiment with discretely arranged sheets or baby blankets if you are concerned about showing too much nudity.

Choosing a Location:

A familiar setting tends to produce the most natural photographs, so consider taking your photos in baby's nursery or another room of your home.

Natural lighting is best for achieving a soft effect, so a chair located by an open window is ideal. If it works with your baby's schedule, try shooting in the morning hours following sunrise or the afternoon hours just before sunset for gorgeous lighting.

Unless it is absolutely necessary, you should avoid using a flash when taking breastfeeding pictures. The bright light is likely to startle the baby.

Setting the Mood:

Rocking, singing or telling your baby a story while nursing can help elicit a natural response that will produce the best breastfeeding photographs. The most memorable photos show interaction between breastfeeding mothers and their children, so don't be afraid to hold your baby's hand and look into their eyes.

Black and White vs Color Photography:

Breastfeeding photos are often printed in black and white because it lends a timeless quality to the image. However, color photography may do a better job of capturing baby's vibrant rosy cheeks and the sparkle in their eyes.

Finding a Photographer:

Most breastfeeding photos are taken by baby's other parent, but you could certainly hire a professional photographer if you choose. Photographers who specialize in pregnancy and delivery photography will likely take photos of breastfeeding women as well.

If you do choose to hire a professional, remember to request a portfolio of photos to review in order to make sure the photographer's style matches the type of images you desire. If you're not comfortable being photographed by a man, you may want to inquire if the photographer has a female photographer to handle your breastfeeding photography session instead.

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