I’ve had babies and toddlers and I know exactly how hard it is to snap that gorgeous shot that perfectly shows off how beautiful your little one really is! If he’s not running, he’s drooling and if he’s not drooling, he’s crying and if he’s not crying, he’s covering his face. Well, how about a couple quick tips that will help you on your way to capturing the true essence of your child!
1. Get down on their level! Lie on the floor, squat right down, kneel in front of them… do whatever you have to do to get on their level so all your photos don’t have the “hovering over you” look to them. Shoot the image straight on to help avoid baby squinting or just plain not looking at you at all.
2. When you think you’re close enough, get closer! We all have the cluttered playrooms and the messy bedrooms that our little ones play in and they don’t make for the most complimentary of backgrounds. Zoom in! Get in close to your baby and make sure that the subject of your image is clearly the apple of your eye!
3. When you can, turn off that flash! There’s no need for a flash when the area you’re shooting in is well lit. If you’re at the park or even in a bright room, turn off that unflattering flash and let natural light work it’s wonders on bringing out the best in your kiddo.
4. No more “Say Cheese!!” We know his smile is the cutest in the world, but try capturing the furrow in his brow when he’s concentrating on a puzzle, or the excitement in his eyes as he anticipates a special treat, or that sleepy look he gets every night just before bedtime… because those are the looks you’ll want desperately to remember and might not.
5. Find the shade! Even if you have to guide your child to play in the shade for a bit, try it! Shooting in full sun can be tricky and can cast awkward shadows across his face or force him to squint in every photo you snap. Bring him in the shade where the light is naturally diffused and much softer. You’ll quickly see how much more easy it is to get those natural expressions you’re trying to freeze in time.
We would like to thank Jillian Kirby for writing this great guest post for our blog!
Jillian Kirby is a newborn specialist photographer who serves Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
For Little Monkey readers, Jillian would love to offer $150 off your session fee when you mention the promo code littlemonkey150 when you book!