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Tips for Great Newborn Photos

The New Year is considered to be a time of new beginnings. For many, this means a laundry list of resolutions to help improve oneself over the course of the next calendar year. But for a few lucky ones, ringing in 2014 also coincides with another life-changing beginning: the birth of a new baby.

The arrival of your bundle of joy is certainly a wonderful way to celebrate and bring in the New Year and taking and sending newborn photos is part of the fun! If you want to take some precious snapshots of your little one, we have a few tips and tricks to ensure that your baby’s earliest days are captured perfectly. (Note: you will have best results with a point-and-shoot or DSLR, but these tips will help you take great shots even with a camera phone!)

1.)    The best time to do a newborn photo shoot is within two weeks of their birth. At this point, your baby will be able to spend most of the shoot in a deep sleep, so he/she will be much easier to pose and photograph. Feed baby just before the shoot, have some white noise playing in the background…do whatever you normally do to help him sleep!

2.)    Make sure baby is warm, as this will keep the baby comfortable! Have a heater in the room, pointed away from your little one. Swaddle the baby in between shots (just be sure to take a few photos of the baby wrapped up nice and cozy). Warm up your hands before using them to position the baby so that he/she won’t be startled.

Newborn Photo Tips

3.)    Shoot near a window, with good natural lighting. Don’t put your baby directly in the light though; this will result in unflattering shadows being cast, or a harsh tone overall.

4.)    Keep backgrounds simple. White walls, blankets with no quilting or print. You want your baby to be the main focus. If you want to use some props, go for it, but be sure to get a good number of shots that focus solely on your baby!

5.)    Get down to baby’s level. Lay the baby down on a bed or low table and kneel down beside it. This will result in tighter shots that bring the viewer closer to your newborn.

6.)    Is your baby sleeping? If you have a DSLR and a macro lens, now is the time to bring it out! Babies have the most precious little features: the tiniest hands and feet, chubby cheeks, rosy little lips. Focusing on these teeny details can give you adorable yet unique photos that capture all the  things you love about your little one. Since macro lenses are sensitive by nature, it’s best to take these photos while your baby is in a deep sleep.


Newborn Photo Tips

7.)    If your little one isn’t the least bit sleepy, just go with it! Capturing your baby’s yawns, stretches, and wiggles can also make for beautiful photos.

8.)    Relax! Babies can sense any frustration in a room, and this will make them uncomfortable and fussy. If you’re not getting the shots you want, you can try another time, or just roll with her current mood and see what kinds of photos you get out of it. If possible, only shoot with yourself and the baby in the room, so as to avoid any distractions and help both of you relax a bit more.

9.)    Remember that the most beautiful newborn photographs are the ones that truly capture your newborn’s mood and personality. Don’t get caught up in imitating cute photos you’ve already seen.

10.)    Enjoy yourself! Your baby won’t be this tiny for much longer. Savor the moment and have fun memorializing your newborn’s early days.

Once you’ve done your photo shoot and selected a few of your favorite images, why not use them in your birth announcements? With clean modern design and sweet typography, Paper Culture’s birth announcements are perfect for showcasing your beautiful newborn photographs.

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to pick up your camera and click away!

Did you do a newborn photoshoot? What are your favorite tips for capturing baby snapshots?

Stripes: Inspiration of the Week

At Paper Culture, our current products consist primarily of social stationery and wall art. However, we’ve always looked far beyond those arenas for our design inspiration. Our blog, Inspired, is about our journey to find eco friendly and modern design inspiration. Internally, we often create moodboards to capture different design inspirations. We thought we would share with you some of our favorites by posting a moodboard of the week. Each week, we’ll share a theme and show you how at least one of our products was inspired by this theme.

This week, we are in love with stripes. There’s something about the mix of thick & thin lines and alternating colors that makes this pattern a classic yet timeless mainstay. We’re loving how easy and breezy they look on a summer dress, yet how modern and sleek dark stripes look on a white watch. You can see just how much we are inspired by stripes – just type “stripes” in our website and you’ll find our collection of cards that pay homage to this versatile design! One of our favorites is our birth announcement featuring bright modern stripes.

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Me and Baby B: The Birth Announcement

Welcome to the official birth announcement for a series I’m calling “Me and Baby B”.  As for the “me” part, I’m, Christopher Wu, the CEO and co-founder of Paper Culture. Baby B is my precocious almost 3 year old daughter.  No, her name isn’t actually B, but you know, we live in a strange world and my wife only agreed to let me write this series if I left out some of the exact details.

Christopher Wu and Baby B

Me and Baby B

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Welcome to the Paper Culture INSPIRED Blog

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Ever wonder how we here at Paper Culture find inspiration? Do we sit in a dimly lit room with our eyes tightly shut, holding hands, chanting “ommmm”?

Along those lines, we welcome your feedback and ideas. Find your “inner-designer” and tell us how Paper Culture has inspired you in 200 words or less. Maybe a bridal shower invitation determined the theme of your party or a holiday photo card motivated you to make your own wrapping paper. You tell us! If we select your story, we’ll give you a $50 gift certificate for your next Paper Culture order. How’s that for inspiration? Simply share your story by commenting on this blog or send an email to

Um, no — or at least, not that I’m aware of.

The joke around here is that our inspiration is erratic. As easy as it would be to look to one person, place or thing for incitement, that is simply not the case. Being paper lovers, we are mindful of the trends around us, but between you and me, we probably spend the least amount of time looking at other invitations, announcements and stationery. Besides, that would be imitating, and how uninspired is that?

It’s much more fun to look at fashion, architecture or environmental advances as sources of ideas.  We also find enormous inspiration in organizations that provide leadership in areas that touch our communities, including those that promote education, the health of our families and environmental innovation.

But really, we find our most important inspiration in talking to you.

Like most blogs, we will share fun company tidbits, special discounts, design previews and maybe even some of the more interesting corporate stuff.  But our real goal is to have this be a forum for us to exchange ideas, to share thoughts and ultimately, for us to find the source of our next inspiration.