How to Make the Most out of your DIY Photoshoot:
Thanks to Pinterest, more and more of our lives are becoming DIY. From building furniture to weddings, its all there. One of my favorite DIY topics is Photo shoots, which is totally contradictory because I myself, am a photographer. One might think that I am working against myself by encouraging DIY shoots, but I think there are many benefits to taking photos yourself while still leaving plenty of milestones where it is appropriate to hire a professional. Or maybe you might just be a control freek, like me! haha
There are some basic things to consider when doing a shoot at home. The most ideal type of shoot to do at home of your kids. It makes for an over all more relaxed feeling for the child, resulting in better pictures. They get to stay in an environment that if familiar to them along with a friendly face behind the camera. Moms take the best photos of their kids hands down. They can really capture the little smiles and quirks of their child’s personality because they know them best.
make sure you have the proper lighting. Staging the shoots in front of a large window with lots of natural like would be ideal. Also keep in mind making sure the light stays in front of the subject. Backlighting a photo can create heavy shadows, blocking out their face.
making sure you are taking the photos at a time that is right for your child’s schedule. i.e. not right before nap time (I know I have made that mistake more then once).
use some of their favorite toys as props. Let them play a little. It will help prevent them from feeling bored while you snap away.
The one thing to avoid most is: Don’t ask your child to say “cheese.” Instead do something to make them laugh. For example my son will start to giggle as soon as a say I am going to tickle him. The result is a much more candid and natural smile.
Don’t worry about having a fancy camera or editing software. iPhones are seriously the best point and shoot cameras on the market. Plus you can edit on your phone as well. One of my favorite apps to edit with is Afterlight. The extra bonus of taking them on your phone is making it so seamless from start to share.
I hope you enjoyed these simple tips for making the most out of your next DIY photo shoot.
About Me: Ashlee is a Mommy of two, YouTuber, and wife to a U.S. Marine. She is totally addicted to Starbucks, Star Wars and cloth diapers. www.youtube.com/user/eaglbabe