1. Take those cute curled up in a ball baby shots! These work best when your baby is under 2 weeks old. Make sure your home is really warm, even if you live in a warm climate turn the heat on in your house to about 75-80. You want your baby to be warm, peaceful and have a full belly before you begin your photo taking. Baby will be most comfy wrapped up in a swaddle blanket or you can place a soft one over their bouncy seat and put them on it. Try different angles while you are at it! Get up on a stool to take a shot from above. Lay on the floor and get one on their level. Avoid using the camera's zoom feature, get in closer to your baby yourself.
2. Make sure to take pics of all those little fingers and toes-you know you counted them all at least twice! Now is the time to capture them for always. Body Part Suggestions: the cord that hasn't fallen off yet, the ears, the shoulders, their Buddha belly, knees, dimples in their cheeks, back of their neck, nose, lips, and a full naked one for your keepsake album only.
3. Use the natural light in your home. Don't turn on your flash, instead position your baby near a large window, put your back to that window and have your baby facing you. Take a few test shots and make sure the sun is not too bright on them, if so you can close the blinds 1/2 way or put one of the curtains back not letting in as much sun, etc.
4. All newborns and babies look adorable in knit hats because it shows off their beautiful eyes! Of course if your little one was born with a head full of hair-make sure to show it off too, just don't put a big old baby bow in it-that will take the focus off your baby. It is always best to dress them in solid colors, avoid patterns, etc. You want your baby to shine through not the brand name of their clothing. Also, texture photographs very well. Avoid white the most because it reflects the light too strongly.
5. Make sure to take lots of pics, then you will have more to choose from and have a better chance of getting "the shot". You don't want to miss getting that adorable yawn or first smile so always have your camera nearby! Have fun, you don't have to worry about wasting film. Take lots and lots and lots of pictures. Be sure to include siblings and YOURSELF in the capture as well sometimes.