As Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge celebrate the birth of a baby son (you may not have heard about it), official Royal photographer for The Sun (that's the British tabloid newspaper, the baby doesn't have his own official photographer so far as we know) has shared some tips for photographing babies - both blue-blooded and the conventional common sort. Arthur Edwards knows what he's talking about, having photographed the proud father, William, when he was just an infant.

Prince William as a baby - photo: Arthur Edwards

Among his advice, Edwards recommends that you don't overlook little details, which might be significant later. He gives the example of Prince William's favorite toy - a blue elephant - which his mother Princess Diana would move out of the shot when pictures were taken. According to Edwards, 'She mentioned once that she later wished she'd had a photo to remember the toy, as it was his favorite'.

Arthur Edwards' top tips for photographing babies:

  • Think about the light you've got - babies don't like flash. If you're in the hospital room visiting mum just after the birth, see if she can move to the window and let the natural light do its job. Our first sight of Diana with baby William was outside of the hospital and the natural light helped the photos look beautiful

  • Think about the time of day you take your pictures. Always catch the baby after a feed and a sleep so they are content, happy and giggly, and not grumpy. Ask Mum before you visit when nap time is.

  • Some details may not seem the most attractive things to get into photos, but think about what you'll want to remember and what might become important ‘firsts'. Baby William became extremely fond of a blue elephant toy, but Diana would move it away from him for pictures. She mentioned once she later wished she'd had a photo to remember the toy, as it was his first favourite.

  • Lots of people will be taking pictures in the same locations, so think about using different backgrounds to help your photos stand out, like a coloured cushion underneath the baby.

  • If mum is usually the photographer in your family or social group, make sure you offer to take the camera for once - remember she'll want photos of her with her new arrival. Kate is the keenest photographer of the two, but even she will no doubt hand over the camera to William and trust him with the family album for a change.