Chose the right time. Baby should be rested and have a full belly. This goes for mommy too. Photo shoots are no fun, no matter what your age, if you aren't comfortable. So take the photos at a good happy time of the day and feed lots. [caption id="attachment_828" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="Little miss Ella was perfectly happy to have me follow her around the garden with my camera. copyright 2010 www.islandartiste.ca"][/caption]
Tip #16 Take lots of pictures
Pictures are free. To get one great shot you have to take 200. Welcome to world of digital. Gone are the days when you had a really big roll of film if it had 36 pictures on it. Now you can take 200 and its not big deal. So take a lot. And I mean a lot! Don't be shy. Keep pressing that shutter over and over. Set up the picture you want to take and then take it a hundred times. That way you are sure they get it just right.
Yesterday morning I woke up walked into the living room and my husband came walking inside, after his morning chicken chores, laughing. He then proceeds to explain to me that there is a bunny in our yard. No big surprise. #1 this is Victoria bunnies are everywhere. #2 we live on a farm in the Blenkinsop valley. There are all kinds of wild creatures around here. But this bunny is not wild. No this bunny is FEROCIOUS. Josh proceeds to explain to me that the bunny was chasing our cat. After the cat (Enoki) batted the bunny a few times the bunny went after her and she ran. TOO funny. So what did Josh do. He went up to the bunny picked it up and put it in our green house. Now what? We have a carnivorous bunny. I will post videos just as soon as I figure out how
What week is best for taking those gorgeous belly shots. Well of course this is a tricky question because everyone is different. And if you are having twins than chances are you will want your pictures taken a little sooner rather than later. First find a photographer that will be a little flexible if necessary. If they carve it in stone then they are probably not the right person for the job for many reasons. If you are getting a friend to help you than you can always try it a couple time if it doesn't work the first time. I recommend between 30-36 weeks.
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Tip #13 Get a great photographer that you trust.
Sometimes taking photos of yourself isn't ideal. It's hard, its awkward and the end result wasn't what you were looking for. So get a pro do the job for you. I happen to know a great photographer *wink*. Or get your best girlfriend or the 'father to be' in on the action. Even though they aren't professional photographers they might make it a lot easier/ more fun than trying to take the picture of your self. Make a photo-shoot with your girl friend. Photographer or not this is a fun thing to do. Get out some outfits and have some fun. Celebrate and have fun with your great figure
For great maternity shots wear tighter clothing. You must be comfortable so that you aren’t self conscious but clothes that show off your great curvy figure are best. Tight in the belly shirts, or draping scarves and fabric across the body also looks great. Get creative. Use something that isn’t really clothing at all. Favorite scarf, curtains, nice sheets…the only limit is your imagination.
I also thought it would be nice to show the before and after of this particular shot. The difference between the two shots demonstrates both what creative tweeking you can do with colours and textures but also things that you can make magically disappear. So even if the clothes aren't perfect you can make them perfect later with a little help. See if you can spot the alteration I made to Kati's dress in photoshop. Not on a sewing machine.
Props are great for babies that can’t quite sit up yet. And I don’t mean the couch. Prop your baby up with a pillow under their tummy to make it look like they are sitting. This is great for babies that can push up but can’t sit up.
Warm baby is a happy baby. This goes hand in hand with tip#1. If you want to have those cute naked baby shots then turn up the heat. Bring in some spaces heaters to keep your wee one happy and sleepy.
Get down to baby level. Taking pictures at the same level as baby always makes the best results. This also gets you at a more engaging level for the baby. Get down on the ground with them. Roll around and have a little fun.
Tip #8 Baskets Crawling babies are sometimes hard to contain. Cute baskets are a great trick to keep them in one spot, give them something new to hang onto and they are cute in pictures.
Tip #7 Camera puppet. Make a camera puppet something that clips on to your camera or around your lens like scrunchy. This keeps baby looking right at the camera and keeps your hands free. I even found a link here to a place where you can buy them for those of your less inclined to make one. But you probably wouldn't be reading this post if you weren't the DIY type.
Hang a backdrop. Backdrops aren’t always fussy, expensive professional backdrops you find in photo studios. You can hang a sheet up to make a great relaxed backdrop. Easy, cheap and very professional. Don’t forget to make sure the edges of the backdrops don’t show in the image.. and most important of all... Don't forget to iron your sheets.
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Tip #3 Side lighting is most flattering. Having your light source/window on one side of your baby or mama. This is the best for flattering shots.
Tip #3 Skip the flash. Lighting can make or break a photo and flash makes for harsh light. Unless you are an expert with the flash the result can be harsh and potentially unflattering. Natural light is always best. Outside pick shady spots or cloudy days and inside try and get next to a big window for lots of light.
Simple background. Once again simple is away better. Having a background full of clutter like toys or furniture is distracting. Picking a place in your house where there isn’t a lot of distracting elements can be tough. Most people have stuff and lots of it so my approach is don’t be afraid to move that stuff around. Blank walls make great backgrounds. Large ottomans or beds are great for babies to lie on as long as there is good natural light to be found. Clear out the rest. Simple window shots make great photos with moms to be. Just the window and a mommy to-be’s silhouette
I was recently asked to share a few of my favorite techniques for capturing timeless pictures of new babes. As new or expecting parents you want to capture all of your specials moments with great photographs. So for the month of April I will be publishing one new tip a day to help you take great pictures of your new little bundle of joy and a few for expectant mothers too. These are tips and tricks to create photographs that will stand out from the crowd and help you get the most of your photographs from any kind of camera. Tip #1
Simple is always better. New babies and new parents can collect a lot of great things. But all those things only distract from the star of the picture. Keep babies dressed simple. Diaper covers or naked is always best.
I was recently asked to share a few of my favorite techniques for capturing timeless pictures of new babes. As new or expecting parents you want to capture all of your specials moments with great photographs. So for the month of April I will be publishing one new tip a day to help you take great pictures of your new little bundle of joy and a few for expectant mothers too. These are tips and tricks to create photographs that will stand out from the crowd and help you get the most of your photographs from any kind of camera. Stay tuned…
Last Sunday I had a great time shooting Abbey and her seriously cute little daughter Marley. We did photo-shoot a la two year old. Marley is pretty sweet. Like most little ones introduced to a new face she sort of shied away from me at first. "Who is this person? why are they trying to photograph me? and where we????"
That of course all blows over when bring out my trusted bubbles. Poof. Instant blowing bubbles and photos and fun. However, being that she is two years old anything else we suggested the answer was of course NO! Never the less it was fun and results were seriously cute.
We didn't have anything fancy. The studio has white walls and grey floors. Great for bouncing one of the two flashes I use and that's about it. I just set up my flashes and let er rip. *click*click*click* as much as I could. Marley moves fffffffast! I think the little leotard helps her move even faster. Streamline tush.
Marley's mama (aka Abbey) is a bit of a Yoga savant. She has Bikram Yoga Saanich on Shelbourne at McKenzie. So as is any daughter of yoga nut Marley can do a wee bit of yoga herself... Awwww adorable soo cute. Trying to convince her to yoga for the camera was a whole other story. What it turned out to be (climbing on her mom while she did yoga) was pretty cute too.