We all want great photos of our kids but many professional photo shoots can cost up to hundreds of dollars.
Personally, I have found the difference between my DSLR camera and a handheld camera is the speed of the shutter. A hand held camera will often miss the shot because the shutter is a fraction too slow. The good news is the quality of hand held cameras are getting better at better.
Whether you are lucky to own an DSLR camera or not, put your camera to good use and try taking your own photos. You may surprise yourself and find yourself a hobby.
- For babies, find things around the house that you can use as a backdrop…. a blanket, wrapping paper, your already hanging curtains, cheesecloth wraps. Lay a plain coloured soft blanket over pillows, an ottoman, a bean bag etc. The easiest photo set you can make is a plain blanket over a large bed, pulled up over the bedhead. The younger the baby is, the easier they are to manoeuvre into position. Make the room warm with heaters if you
plan on removing clothing.
- For older babies, take them outside and snap shots of them on a blanket with only natural greenery in the background. Or inside, sit them on a chair, upturned box or inside a toy box. Add a couple of props…. boxes, a large mirror, an old car, a string of beads, a boa, or fairy lights.
- Make sure there is plenty of natural light and avoid using the flash.
- Get down low and take lots of photos at your child’s level. Or stand on a chair and take
an aerial shot of your baby wrapped in a soft blanket, nestled in a nice looking basket on a wooden floor.
- Don’t make your toddler look at the camera all the time, some of the nicest shots are when they are pre-occupied looking at themselves in a mirror.
- Make it fun and stop if your child becomes agitated. Otherwise
depending on their age you may find them very reluctant to pose for any future shots.