Today my little Macee turns 6 months which means it’s time for me to whip out the camera for her 6 month pictures. (I take a photo of her each month and when she turns 1 I plan to make a photo card with all of them.) Yes, haha I am “that” mom.
- Most important part of taking quality photos at home – time of day! I aim for either around 9 or 10 and then the later afternoon sun is also good. Natural lighting makes for the best photos. Open windows and pick the room with the most light.
- Props – I wouldn’t worry about going completely crazy with this. For her monthly pictures I went to Wal-Mart and bough two little chalkboards out of their craft section for about 1.50 a piece and I write on there “1 Month” and so on. I usually find one of her nice blankets lay her on that and stand over her while I take pictures. (Try not to stand in-front of the light source though.) When your little ones can sit up, drape the blanket over the corner of the couch and prop them up in there. For true family photos take it outside – go to the park and take some sitting on the bench, swing or even sitting under a tree. (This also ensures you have lots of good natural light.)
- Go CRAZY clicking away! With little ones involved it’s hard to get them to look at the camera or smile or do anything you are wanting haha. So go click happy – you can always delete photos later.
- Editing – professional photographers spend a lot of money on editing programs and software along with a lot of time. There are aps you can get on your phone or when you go to make prints order them from home and use the websites editing tools to create different effects or lighting.
I hope some of these tips help you – and most importantly I hope you have fun! Kids grow up too fast and I love having photos to look back on and smile.