Blog written for Bonds
Now, I’m no professional photographer, but I do love taking pics of my beautiful babies!! Here are my top 5 tips of how to get great shots of your babes. All the photos on my Instagram page are my own (unless otherwise stated), but these gorgeous pics were taken by the very gorgeous and talented Steph Brown.
Natural light is the ONLY way to go. Inside lights and flashes can often create harsh or yellow light. To get a really soft natural light, find the room in your house with the best light and have a play around with different shots in that room. Keep in mind that sometimes the room you choose may also have the best light in the morning, or the afternoon, depending on which way your house faces.
TIP: Just don’t put the baby in the direct sunlight as aside from the obvious, it makes them squint and the lighting is too harsh.
PICK YOUR BACKGROUND
Be aware of the background of your picture to make sure that it is not too distracting or overpowering. You want the viewer of the picture to focus on your child and not the background. However, sometimes the background can make a shot too.
Plain white backgrounds are the easiest to get right, but sometimes I love using something a little bold just for something different. Think outside the square!
BE PREPARED TO MAKE AN IDIOT OUT OF YOUR SELF
It’s hard enough to get one baby looking and smiling at the camera, but it’s almost impossible to get three at once. Almost! You can do it, but you just need to practice making ridiculous faces and silly noises, anything to keep the babies entertained.
For every photo I keep of the babies, there are one hundred just like it that don’t get used. I just keep snapping pics until the babies have had enough. Sometimes you also capture some pretty funny pics that really capture your babies personalities. The bloopers are sometimes the best.
Babies have a very short attention span (sometimes you might only get a couple of minutes to take a pic). Make sure the babies have just had a nap, and have been fed so they’re happy.
Here’s a bonus tip…
YOU DON’T NEED A PROFESSIONAL CAMERA
A professional camera is great if you can afford one, and if you have time to get it out and then upload them to your computer, but life with kids is busy and sometimes its just easier to grab your phone.
Some of my favourite photos of the babies are taken with my iPhone. Just make sure you follow the rules above and you’ll be sure to get a great shot.
Emily, Zee Plus Three x