These days taking your own family photos has never been easier or more affordable! Whether you are just looking to up your every day snapshots, or are hoping to score that “perfect” picture to get an 8×10 for the front room here are some tips to help!
Perfect Timing ~ one of the great things about taking your own pictures is you can run on your kiddos time table, and not that of the photographers. Because more than likely the day you pick for photos is going to be the day your toddler throws a fit, the baby cuts a tooth, or your preschooler decides to be sullen. If this is the case just skip it and try another day! It will save both of you a lot of frustration (and I’ve learned, even with monthly baby photos you really DON’T have to take them on that exact day!)
Great Lighting ~ One of the first things you learn in any college photography class is about lighting. The best times of day for natural lighting are early morning and sunset/dusk. Any shots taken around noon will probably result in a lot of squinting and harsh shadows. Also be very shadow conscious, never shoot with the bright light directly behind your child, it will result in the shot being “back lit” and even editing can’t fix it into being a great shot.
Good Editing Software is worth its weight in gold ~ Personally I adore my Photoshop Elements. It is not very user friendly, and several years after getting it I’m still learning the ins and outs, but that’s because it can just do SO MUCH! I’ve been able to take my point and shoot camera and get some amazing professional looking shots from it thanks to my editing. Many of my friends love PicMonkey which is a great easy & free online editor.
Use Fun Props ~ Does your child have a stuffed animal they sleep with or a special blankie they drag everywhere? These are things you will want to record–so go ahead and include them in your photo shoot! Having their lovie close will also help your child to relax during the shoot–win win!
Another fun and adorable idea for a photo prop is using Sticky Bellies these fun and super cute stickers are a good alternative to expensive custom onsies and can be stuck right into your photo album/scrapbook after the shoot. They sell ones from 1-24 months, and pregnancy ones as well! (I wish I would have had these during my pregnancies, would have been so much easier than photo-shopping how many weeks I was onto the picture! The Inventor has a background in Child Development and shares advice on this and all things picture on their Facebook Page, so be sure to check them out!
Don’t forget to read my Part 2! 🙂
I received the Sticky Bellies as part of a review for the Mompact Promotions. All their products are made by moms, for moms. All pictures, thoughts, opinions or other products mentioned are my own.