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Creating the Perfect Birth Announcement for Your Baby

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canstockphoto3843549Share the news of your precious baby's arrival with adorable customized birth announcements. Taking pictures of newborns can be challenging, so we've put together some tips to help the photo shoot go smoothly. 

  • Some hospitals provide newborn picture services (usually from an outside source like Our365) before your discharge day. Be sure to bring a couple of cute outfits if you want to take advantage of this service.
  • If your hospital doesn't provide a photography service, there are plenty of local photographers to choose from. When choosing your photographer, browse their website to review work, pricing and terms. 
  • Due to the process of childbirth and adaptation to life outside of the womb, many babies are born with molded heads (cone-shaped head appearance), newborn acne (from maternal hormones), bruising (from childbirth) and blueish-purplish hands and/or feet. Most of these will disappear within the first week or two after birth, making this the ideal time for pictures.
  • Sleeping babies are much easier to photograph and pose. Feeding your baby and making sure he has a clean diaper will help put your little one into dream land and will allow the photographer to work her magic.
  • Do you need to hire a professional to take your newborn photos? Absolutely not. In this day and age, cameras and photo programs allow even the most novice picture taker to shoot like a pro. 
  • When shooting, keep the room warm so your baby doesn't get chilled during nude shots and clothing changes.
  • Choose outfits that are light, pastel or bright colors. Avoid dark colors since these tend to make a baby look pale. Remember that outfit changes can make babies fussy so it's a good idea to limit the number of outfits and use blankets, stuffed animals, and other accessories to dress up the shot.
  • Natural light is best for shooting. Open window blinds and drapery and shoot near a window to help capture as much natural light as possible. A white poster board or other similar item can be used to help reflect the natural light onto your baby.
What should go on a birth announcement? Common information includes: baby's name, parents' names, older sibling's name (if applicable), baby's date of birth, baby's birth weight and length.
SmileBox offers a variety of birth announcements that can be customized by adding your baby's birth information, photos, videos and music. With SmileBox, creating a birth announcement is easy and takes less than 5 minutes: 
  • Just choose your favorite birth announcement design, 
  • Add your photos, videos, words, and music, then 
  • Email and post to Facebook for free or upgrade to the premium plan to print and burn your invitation to DVD.
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What is Smilebox?    
Smilebox is the ultimate companion for your digital photos and videos. Surround them with the perfect design and personalize with your words and music.
Choose your favorite birth announcement design, add your personal message and photos of those inquisitive eyes and precious little feet, then share your one-of-a-kind creation.
  • Email to friends and family
  • Post to Facebook or your blog
  • Print at home or your local retail store
  • Burn to DVD or load onto digital frame
Create collages, slideshows, photo albums, scrapbooks, invitations, greetings and more. New designs are released weekly.
Is it free?
Yes, you can email any personalized creation and post it to Facebook or your blog for free (with ads).
Join Club Smilebox to get ad-free emailing and posting plus more music choices and the ability to print your creation, burn it to DVD, or load it onto a digital frame. Try Club Smilebox for free for 14 days, then it's just $39.99 annually or $5.99 per month after your trial period.

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