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Australia’s Best Baby & Toddler Moment

Posted Mar 09 2010 5:03pm

012 When William was a baby (18 years ago!), we had portraits done. The company we got them through was running a “beautiful baby” competition so we ended up entering his photos and he came first place! {he’s so going to kill me for posting this photo on my blog LOL}

Australian Women’s Weekly is currently running Australia’s Best Baby and Toddler Moment competition. Mums, dads, grandparents and friends are being asked to send in a photo of their best baby and toddler moment, with the chance to win a $10,000 Education Savings Plan* courtesy of the Commonwealth Bank for their little one and have their photo published in the participating publications.

Entrants can pick up and submit an entry form at any one of the 150 Harvey Norman Photo Centres across the country, via mail, or online at www.harveynormanphotos.com.au . Entries close on March 22, 2010 and the winner will be revealed in the Mother’s Day issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly, on sale April 28.

With just a couple of weeks left to enter your favourite photos in Australia’s Best Baby and Toddler Moment competition, celebrity baby photographer David Hahn is on hand with expert advice on how to take the best shots of your child.

David Hahn’s Top Tips for Baby Photography

· Have patience. Anything can happen when photographing babies and it’s highly unpredictable.

· Keep snapping. Babies change every day, especially in the first few months so photograph them as much as possible, especially “their firsts”; first bath, first smile, and even their first cry …

· Get down low – on the baby’s level or try different angles. Shooting from above is often effective especially with new born babies that don’t move much.

· Make it fun. Kids love to play so give them something to do like blowing bubbles, playing with their favourite toy or teddy or dressing up! Girls love to be fairies with wings and boys love to be super heroes and cowboys.

· Get their attention. Have a family member standing close with the photographer waving a favourite toy, or even better a noisy squeaky one to get the baby’s attention.

· Keep the room calm. Baby can pick up on vibes around them so if mum is stressed then bubba will be too. If the baby is grumpy then a feed, a cat nap, or burping may calm them down.

Get snapping!

 

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