As a mom and an Orange County Baby Photographer, I am the first one to understand wanting everyday photos of your babe. From their everyday actives to their first steps, these are big moments that you want to remember and it’s unlikely they’ll be in front my camera for a a few of these pivotal moments. Believe me, I would love to just live in your home and snap photos all day for you but for most people that’s unlikely. Which is why I think every mama should have a few basic tricks to making your own photos look better. Today I’ll be going through 5 Steps to Better DSLR Photography. I am also planning a fun in-person workshop to go over taking better iPhone photos as well so keep an eye out for that on my social media.
Let’s get into it…
Learn your camera. This seems like a simple thing but it’s really the most important. Our cameras are incredible and using them on Auto, isn’t using all of their potential. There are countless YouTube videos on basics of each camera and settings or I now offer Mentoring options if you’d really like to learn it all.
Lighting is HUGE! Being in a pitch black room is never going to create beautiful images, no matter how good of a camera or editor you are. You need light, your camera needs light. Pull up the blinds (not just opened but actually pulled up or open your shutters). It’s amazing how much more light you’ll get. If going outside is an option, go outside under a tree so you have solid shade.
Clean up the background. This isn’t always real life but I try to quickly clean up if I know I’m bringing out the ‘big camera’. It just allows your eye to focus on the baby rather than the clutter behind her.
Get down to their level. Sit on the floor with them, even lay on the ground. Being at their eye level makes the shot just that much more professional. Plus shooting from above them usually doesn’t allow us to see their sweet faces.
Lastly, do something with the beautiful photos you just took. Don’t let them sit on your computer and get lost in the million other files. Print them out or put them in a book like this one from Artifac Uprising or Chatbooks are super easy! Grandmas especially love a little photo in the mail too! Just do anything besides upload them to Facebook and forget about them.
If you’re interested in attending my workshop on Taking Better iPhone photos of your babe too, add your email here and I’ll let you know when it’s finalized.
Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.
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