You may be a fan of the selfie before becoming a parent, but one thing’s for sure – once your little ray of sunshine is born, that camera is firmly fixed in their direction! In fact a recent survey of 2000 British parents by Samsung Electronics UK found that proud new Mums and Dads will have taken an average of a whopping 780 photos of their child before their first birthday!

Milestones on Camera

More than half (57%) of British parents state that the magical moment immediately after their baby is born is their favourite milestone captured on camera with the top five photographed moments of a baby’s first year including;

  1. Straight after they are born (56%)
  2. The first cuddle with their parents (44%)
  3. Their first smile (33%)
  4. Their first bath (33%)
  5. Meeting the grandparents for the first time (31%)

Socially the most popular shot to be shared on the likes of Facebook are photos showing parents cuddling their new born baby for the first time with one in four citing these as the shots they upload most quickly to their social media feeds.

My First (facebook) album

A leather bound album charting key moments of a baby’s first year has been part of the ‘new baby kit’ for proud parents for decades, but with social media changing the way lives are documented, one in four parents now feel that traditional albums are redundant when it comes to recording those milestone moments. One in ten parents now have a Facebook album instead of the traditional version to chart their baby’s first year.

The Photo Edit

The pressure to look good in photos seems to be starting younger than ever with 42% of parents admitting to using editing tools or applying photo filters to photos of their children before they upload them to social media, in order to make sure they are look their best.

Parents are also using other methods to make sure they have the ultimate family photo with half of parents stating they have paid for a professional ‘new baby’ shoot and more than one in ten admitting they were inspired by celebrity parents to book a professional ‘new baby’ shoot.

Top tips for your family photo shoot

If you’re looking to make the most of your family snaps, there are some simple things you can do to achieve the best results.  Ian Savage, Head of Training at Jessops has shared his top tips with us:

1. Child’s play

Kids rarely stay still long enough for you to take their picture, but instead of resorting to bribery to get them to sit down for a photo, start photographing them on the go. Either choose your camera’s sports mode or select shutter-priority and continuous AF. In both cases, your camera’s autofocus will keep your subject in focus, even when that’s a toddler wobbling around a playground on a bike with stabilisers. It really is child’s play to get a good shot!

2. Get together

Whether you’re enjoying a barbecue in the back garden or a walk in the park, it’s a great opportunity to get some photos of everyone together. And with just a bit of planning, you can get some lovely photo memories. Before you gather your group, scout out a good spot and think about your composition. All in one long line is boring, so consider arranging them in two lines; ask some to sit, or have the kids kneeling in front; or how about running towards you? Lines, by the way, don’t have to be horizontal; think vertically, too, and have fun!

3. Beautiful portraits

Taking portraits outdoors means you can work with lots of lovely daylight, and at this time of year you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning natural backdrops. When you position your subject, make sure they won’t be squinting or pulling a face because the sun is in their eyes. Face them away from the sun – side lighting works well – and ask them to stand in a shaded area for a more flattering, less harsh light. Then all you need to do is turn the exposure mode dial to aperture-priority, focus on the eyes and take the shot!

 4. Action shots

Feeling a bit more adventurous with your photography? Then try panning. This clever technique gives your photos a sense of movement. Pick the point you want to take the photo and face it, but then turn to the direction the subject will be coming from. Half press the shutter button, and without moving your feet, turn smoothly to follow the subject, fully press the shutter button at your chosen point to take the photo and continue to follow the subject out of shot.

5. Childproof!

Many cameras are waterproof, sand-proof, dust-proof and even drop-proof these days – so if you want to take great shots without worrying about the kids’ grubby hands, or damaging your new piece of kit, consider a camera that’s up to the challenge.

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