You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture those picture perfect moments with your little one. It only takes time, patience and practice to get that frame worthy image.
written by Yvette Keener of Yvette Michelle Portraits
Houston based child portrait photographer, Yvette of Yvette Michelle Portraits shares her top 8 tips for taking those keepsake images of your little one:
Choose a room with a south facing window. Light from a south facing window is the most consistent and least likely to be harsh. Bonus points if the walls and ceilings are a neutral color! Whatever color is on the walls and ceilings will cast that color on the skin of your subject and make the skin tones funky.
Set up a chair or bucket that will serve as an “anchor” for baby, even if it’s just for seconds
During a nap time, set up the chair and set you would like to use to photograph baby and practice with a stuffed animal. Place the animal on the chair or in the bucket at a 90 degree angle to the window (window should be parallel to a shoulder)
Write down the settings that worked best
As nap time comes to an end, have everything ready for the photoshoot. Make sure baby is fed, well rested and dressed. Place baby on the chair or in the bucket and use the same settings as in the test shoot. Check to verify the settings are still right after the first photo and adjust as needed.
Don’t be afraid to act crazy to get baby’s attention or enlist the help of another family member to help!
Don’t expect too much on the first try. Even if you only get ONE shot that you love, that’s a start!
Practice, Practice, Practice!