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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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