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Thursday, July 21, 2016

iphone Photo Tips!

posted in: Photographing Baby

Hello there! I am Hannah of Hannah Drews Photography and I am taking over the blog with my quick and easy photo tips to get the best monthly photos of your little one.

Lucy Darling monthly stickers are pretty much the cutest and simplest way to capture your ever-changing kiddos throughout their first year and beyond. Just Peel, Stick, and Photograph! It is that easy, but I am here to help you capture your little darlings in the best light (literally) all while using your iPhone.

 

SAFE AND SOUND

Find a spot that can contain your little one from their newborn sleepy stage all the way to the squirmy, crawling stage. A big comfy chair works well for the first few months but make sure you are able to have an extra set of hands around once baby become mobile and always remain within arms reach. If you plan to take the photos on your own, a safer option would be to set up on the floor where you won't be worried about baby taking a tumble off the furniture. 

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

Lighting is everything in photography and can take a photo from ordinary to extraordinary. A common misconception is that shadows = bad , but that is not the case! You need shadows to create depth and dimension which creates interest in photographs. The important part is knowing where to place the light to create the most flattering shadows for your baby. 

-Look for a large north-facing window or sliding glass door in your home. No north-facing windows? Find a time of day when the window receives indirect natural light (no direct sun rays)

-Make sure all other lights are OFF in the room, including your camera flash. You do not want your light sources to mix.

-Place baby at a 45-90 degree angle to the light and look for catchlights in baby's eyes in the 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock range. 

-Snap away! 

Here Max is at a 90 degree angle to the window and looking as cute as ever :-) 

Examples of bad lighting:

 Up-lighting 

This is also called "ghoul-lighting" because it resembles the fireside look of placing a flashlight under your face when telling a scary ghost story. Not flattering for anyone, baby included. 

Mixed Lighting 

Overhead bedroom light and side table lamp are on in this photo. The photo is too dark with distracting florescent yellow highlights and not very much dimension in baby's face.

Correct Lighting

Edited Photo using VSCO app for iPhone (C1 preset with tweaks)

Moms and Dads, be sure you have someone take a few photos of you with your baby even if you don't feel especially glamorous wearing sweatpants and spit up. Be present in photos throughout baby's first year, and you and your children will be so thankful later on! 

Hey friends, thanks for reading my post on iPhone photo tips! If you are interested in learning more about the best apps for editing photos, my editing process, or which print labs I trust, head over towww.hannahdrewsphotography.com for part II available soon! (OR "stay tuned for part II of my Lucy Darling blog takeover"). You don't want to miss it! 

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY PART II: TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR BABY

posted in: How To - DIY, Photographing Baby

Nothing is more precious than your little one smiling beautifully for the camera, but sometimes, these “darling moments” require a little extra effort. See below for tips to cultivate that picture perfect photo.

 

Plan ahead

Choose the time of day when your baby tends to be the happiest (for example, after a nap). Do all the things you know will eliminate fussiness, like feeding, burping, changing, and napping. Also, have your props and other necessities prepared ahead of time. If you are a sleep deprived mama like so many of us, it might help to make a list of what you’ll need, as well as the photos you'd really like to get.

 

Keep your baby interested

If you are using props in your photo, it often helps to wait until the last moment to bring the prop into the picture, this will help keep your baby interested and happy.

 

Get some help

If possible, it's nice to have two or three people to help facilitate the shoot . 

Person 1 is in charge of leaping around making silly faces and funny sounds.

Person 2 snaps the photo

Person 3 runs around adjusting the lighting, grabbing props, etc.

If you have friends with babies, you can even make a party out of it and take turns snapping pics.

 

Considerations for newborns

The best window to get those sleepy sweet newborn photos is before they are 8 days old. Newborns will let you move them around into all sorts of adorable poses—but as they get older, they become more aware and less malleable.

 

Take a break

Your baby isn’t used to the 9-5 work day, so feel free to take frequent breaks. When everyone is getting fussy—including you—just take a break and come back to it. Sometimes baby photo shoots go as planned, and sometimes they don't, but don't get discouraged. Taking breaks to recalibrate is often necessary.

 

Most important, don't forget to HAVE FUN and enjoy these darling moments with your little one.

 

 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How To take a Great Monthly Photo- Part 1

posted in: How To - DIY, Photographing Baby

Since photos are such an important part of what we do at Lucy Darling, we created a simple "how to" on photography. This first post features general photography tips and tricks that can be leveraged no matter what kind of camera you use (yes, even your phone!). We will have a follow-up post in the next week that zeros in on how to photograph a precious (but often unpredictable) baby. :) Enjoy!

 

General photography tips to capture darling photos with every click

 

Lighting is Key

Take your pictures near a window so you get plenty of natural light. Make sure the light is in front of your baby, never behind.

 

 Time of Day

If you’re taking your photo outdoors, consider doing it in the morning or evening when the light is most flattering. Midday is when light is most intense, creating harsh lines and shadows, especially on the face.

 

Avoid mixed lighting

Situations where your baby is partially in the light and partially in shadow can result in a photo looking overexposed in some areas—and too dark in others. If you’re taking the picture outdoors, shade can be a good option as long as it is completely shaded (otherwise the lit areas may appear overexposed).

 

Crop later

Zooming in while taking a photo decreases the resolution, limiting your cropping choices later—so just snap now and worry about it later. If you want to get a closer shot, move closer! 

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