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Yes, I am aware that “non-photographer” is not a word, but like my husband always says, “I teach English, so I’m allowed to make up my own words,” just ask Shakespeare 😉
Anyways, for those of you wanting to have awesome photos of your little one, but don’t want to pay for a professional photographer, I’m here to help you out.
Some things to know before getting started:
Posed photos, especially those of babies and toddlers, require a lot of time and patience. Try not to go into it with any expectations. You may get some amazing shots, and you may do a photoshoot for a couple of hours and walk away with nothing (just look up Pinterest Photoshoot Fails to see what I’m talking about).
It’s not uncommon to get only one good shot out of 20+ photos. It’s all about timing and a little bit of luck, so just keep taking shots during the shoot. You can always delete the ones you don’t want.
Have fun! The more relaxed and into it you are, the more your child will be into it too.
- A camera- These days it doesn’t have to be something fancy. Most Smart Phones have pretty good cameras.
- Sheets in whatever color you want your background to be.
- Any special outfit/outfits you want your child to wear.
- Any props you want to try to use.
Prop ideas- Some common props are:
- Stuffed animals
- Special toys
- Large letters (such as their monogram)
- Seasonal items such as a pumpkin
- A chalkboard or whiteboard sign
- Special jewelry
- Hats and accessories
- Flowers (real or fake)
- Baby blanket
Setting the Scene:
When doing an inside shoot, I recommend using a bed sheet as the backdrop. Make sure anything that is in the camera’s view is covered. This may mean tacking the sheet on the wall, or using furniture to hold it up.
For newborns I recommend using pillows such as a Boppy under the sheet to help position them.
Lighting is key to a good clear photo. Natural lighting works best, because it disperses more evenly than a lamp does. Open up the blinds, and if that is not enough then also turn on as many lights as you can.
- Do the shot when your little one is in a good mood (not sleepy and recently fed)
- Be silly, make funny sounds and faces, or hold up loved toys to get them to look at the camera
Good luck with your photo shoot; have fun!