I have moms ask me all the time about tips and tricks to photographing their babies at home. I wish I had all the answers…but sadly I don’t photography my daughter as much as I should given the fact that I am a professional photographer! I kick myself all the time for this y’all. I do have a few tips and tricks though that I would love to share with you….and I will be taking all of these as a challenge to use my real camera (other than my trusty iPhone) to document her life more often.
I am planning several posts with more detailed information on each of these, but for now here are some quick tips off the top of my head:
- Shoot everything- all the time. It does not matter if you are using your phone or a Canon 5D Mark II, just use something to document their every day little details. You will be glad you take the time to do it.
- Capture the daily routine details. Like bath time, dinner time when they are covered in food, sitting playing with toys, etc. These moments might seem un-monumental but they are the little things you will love looking back on one day.
- Try different angles and compositions. Your child’s face does not always need to be cropped close and in the center of every photo.
- Make sure YOU get in some of the photos. My mom was the designated photographer in our family so there are a million photos of us kids or us with Dad but very few of us with her. I remember her telling me once that she wished she had been intentional about getting in more photos. So as much as I hate being photographed I make sure I get in some with Dylan.
- Hire a professional at least once a year when your children are little. I am obviously a huge advocate for professional photographers- they know what they are doing! I know photography can be expensive but if you hire the right person- it will be worth every single penny you spend. More on this in a future post
- When shooting at home- remove as much clutter and random stuff from the shot as you can. The cleaner and simpler your “setting” the more timeless your photo will be.
- Search your home for great spots with lots of natural light. I shoot solely on location and always use natural light so I am constantly looking for rooms with windows and light colored walls (they reflect light). If you know ahead of time where these spots are in your home you can quickly place your child there if you want to do a quick photo shoot.
- Read your camera manual! I know this sounds boring but it is a MUST DO. You know all those little buttons on top (the shutter speed, ISO, aperture, etc….) actually do something important! I will give you tips and tricks on how to get a great photo even with it set on automatic too though so don’t feel scared or overwhelmed when you read the manual.
- Take advantage of cloudy/overcast days. These are my very favorite days to shoot outside because the clouds act like huge light diffusers and prevent all the harsh shadows that bright sunny days bring. So the next time it is warm enough, grab your littles and your camera and some sidewalk chalk or have a picnic and take advantage of the perfect lighting.
- Don’t try to do too many photos at one time. If you are doing a specific photo shoot- don’t expect to change your little’s outfits ten times, or even three. They will tire out way faster than you think they will, I promise. Start with the most important and go from there.
- Have fun! Play dress up, use silly props, get the whole family involved, just have fun. You will never regret any photos you take to just have fun and enjoy!
I think that is enough for now. Do you have any specific questions for me? I would love to help in any way I can.
Here is an adorable little girl, Charlotte, from a session I did at The Factory a few weeks back. She was on the go-go-go so I just followed her around and ended up with some really cute shots! It is perfectly fine to capture your child when they are on the move, don’t force them to sit if they are super active unless you want to capture some tears on camera. I often hold my camera down in front of me and just take some at my knee level without bending all the way down- this takes some practice knowing your camera but it can sure save some back aches when chasing a fast little toddler!