A baby goes through so many physical and developmental changes during their first year. As a photographer, I work with clients who hire me to record these milestones with my “Baby’s First Year” package. I shoot on location not in a studio so what I capture at a client’s home are moments any parent with a camera can strive to capture too. Here are creative ideas on what to aim for during the baby’s first 365 days.
What shots do I have on my checklist for these major milestones?1. Newborn
For me a newborn session takes place within the first 10 days after the baby’s birth. During those first days, the baby is usually very sleepy and in a milk-drunken state. Take full advantage of this wistful time to capture a dreaming, sleepy portrait and consider using props such as cute hats, diaper coverings or au natural. I frequently use a feeding pillow and cover it with clean blankets that I supply. I never use a flash during this session because that can startle a sleepy baby. I look for a window with a lot of light streaming through. I love to capture details such as the baby’s sweet lips, their tiny hand gripping the mother and/or father’s finger to show comparison, eyelashes, the back of the head where their hair swirls and of course, their tiny toes. For sure I compose a lot of photos with the parents together and separately. It’s particularly important for me to capture the father holding the baby. And remember, at this stage a newborn does not have strong neck muscles so it is critical to always support it properly in all shots.2. Four to Six Months
By the time a baby is three or four months old, they have gained a lot of weight and have better neck and head strength, but not always. Be sure to determine how strong the baby is based on the parent’s input. At this age, the baby is often able to lift their head when placed on their tummy which makes for a great shot. They are able or nearly able to roll over. They love to play with their hands and toes and smile a whole lot more. This is the perfect time to capture bright open eyes, big smiles, crinkled noses and chubby cheeks. At three or four months they are not quite ready to sit up so I don’t attempt to photograph them in that full upright position unless they have proper support.3. Six to Eight Months
Now that they can sit upright for short periods of time you can place them in very fun poses. Their personality is really shining through and their first teeth (typically bottom two) are starting to poke through. They are gaining more control over their hands and feet and can start picking up small objects on their own. This is the perfect time to capture them propped in a basket that has good side support (always keeping an assistant or parent within range) or sitting on a blanket outside on the grass. As they get closer to 7 and 8 months old they are beginning to crawl. I love to crouch down and snap photos at eye level.4. Twelve Months
If the parents are planning a first birthday party my goal is to schedule our twelve-month session to coincide with that momentous event. My photo checklist includes group shots with extended family, details of the décor and gifts and any shot that shows the ethnic or traditional details of the family. Oftentimes there are great opportunities to capture messy faces as the baby tries to feed themselves and unwrap gifts. If the parents allow the baby to smash their birthday cake I definitely have to capture that. And of course, at this stage the baby is so close to taking their first steps. My first of three daughters started walking just before she turned 10 months. But my other two daughters didn’t walk until 13 and 14 months of age. So be prepared to capture those first steps and attempts, which make for some amazing shots. One of my favorite shots is when the baby hugs the parent’s leg – it’s such a fleeting, precious moment in time.
In addition to this checklist be sure to capture the full story during each stage from different angles and perspectives. For instance when the baby starts crawling try to angle your shots from above and eye level to freeze that moment from the baby’s and parents perspective.The baby’s first year will be filled with many firsts. Be prepared to capture them at regular intervals. A good reminder is to coincide these milestones with their regular first year check ups. Those doctor appointments can serve as your reminder to snap away and capture a year of amazing memories.
Tina Case is an Adoramapix Ambassador and a writer and photographer out of the San Francisco-San Jose Bay area. She co-writes for the photography blog Moms Who Click where she shares photographer tips, tricks and interviews. Tina shares her parenting stories and more on Yahoo! where she is a featured “Parenting Guru.” Check more of her photos at Tina Case Photography | Facebook | Instagram.
The guests are gone, the dancing is over and the flowers have been dried . Your wedding was beautiful and amazing but you still have one job left, that’s preserving your wedding day images. So what do you do now with all those photos? For some of our DIY brides, they may have hundred of beautiful images sitting on a media storage device such as a cd, usb stick or even on a website. When making a wedding photo book with hundreds sometimes thousands of photos to choose from, it may be a daunting task to make a photo book.
Thanks to our fabulous DIY bride and groom, Adam and Lindsay, and their amazing photographer, Wendy McElmon of Wendy McElmon Photography, they have made a wedding photo book that can be cherished for generations.
Lindsay was kind enough to give us a sneak peek into the making of her photo book.
We are so excited to announce the release of our collage prints, metals and canvases. You no longer have to play favorites with your images, you can display them all by using one of our templates. We love the creativity this extends to the photographer and we will be adding even more templates shortly.
Let’s get started.
Select Collages from our drop down products menu.
Pick your template and import your images.
Step 4. Order
Add to cart, order and wait for the delivery of your unique piece of art. This is perfect for professionals and for the consumer and it’s easy to create. We hope this new addition will lend itself to some beautiful home and studio displays.
As the snow falls and blankets the outside, it creates a beautiful clean landscape. It’s the perfect backdrop for wildlife. It will isolate your subject and at the same time provide wonderful reflective white snow to brighten the animals faces. However, before you start there are a few things you show consider before pressing the shutter.
1. Go Big or Go Home
The animals are wild and most have amazing hearing capabilities. You are not going to go up to a snow owl with your 24 mm and get your shot. Instead, choose your longer lens. Typically, I wouldn’t start at anything under 105. Not only will you not invade their space but you’ll probably go unnoticed. Plus keep in mind, the smaller you go on your aperture the wider the lens is opened, giving you beautiful bokeh. This will soften the background while keeping your subject tack sharp. Plus, you’ll get a great catchlight in the eyes.
2. Warm the Charge
The mechanics of cameras are typically ok outside for a bit. However, your battery will wear out quickly in the cold. According to About.com: ” The electric current generated by a battery is produced when a connection is made between its positive and negative terminals. When the terminals are connected, a chemical reaction is initiated that generates electrons to supply the current of the battery. Lowering the temperature causes chemical reactions to proceed more slowly, so if a battery is used at a low temperature then less current is produced than at a higher temperature.” The solution? Bring a second warm battery with you to replace the first one. You can keep it in a mitten,wrap it in a scarf just try to keep it warm and dry.
You’ll need to be more in tune with your exposure since the bright, white snow will can often trick your camera. Snow should be white, not grey you will need to do the thinking for your camera. Digital cameras typically underexpose snow scenes so move to manual metering and add some stops. I found this great article on How to Properly Meter Exposure in Snow from the SLR Lounge. The article goes into depth about exposure and snow.
Plus, your exposure will completely change from wide angle to close up. So remember to change it and shoot in RAW as dealing with highlights can be tricky and you want as much information as possible to your image.
4. Keep the Digits Warm
Typically, the toes and the fingers are the first to get cold when outside. They are also the first to get frost bite. So make sure you have double the warmth in these areas. Also, handwarmers are inexpensive and can slip into your socks and gloves. Your gloves will need to be both warm and functional. When the moment strikes and the owl looks right at you, you don’t want to be fumbling with your gloves.
5. Don’t Trash It
Never delete your images in the field. It’s hard to see on a small screen whether an image has worked out or not. You can read the histogram sure, but it’s a totally different ball game going from a small 3″ screen outside to a 23″ screen. Plus, you’ll be viewing under different lighting conditions.
Like anything else in photography, a lot of it is trial and error. I hope some of these starter tips will help you on your way to capturing the photograph you envision.
Written by Libby for Adoramapix
Images : Shutterstock
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This is the time of year when typically there are a lot of marriage proposals. With the excitement of being engaged, comes many milestones in your relationship. Today’s post focuses on some clever ideas on making an engagement photo book with our PixPublisher.
Instead of just putting together a guest book of your engagement pictures, why not think outside the box a bit. For instance, I’m sure you have a story as to how you and your fiance’ first met. In most cases, the stories are quite different between the two perspectives. So why not put a page in your photo book that includes the story of how you met? It will be great to get both sides of the story and your guests will love to read it.
Along these same lines, you can also include:
* Your Proposal Story
*Your First Trip Together
*Your First Date
When I photograph couples, I often ask them to take me somewhere that is special to them a cafe’ , a park, a movie theater. Anything that will reflect this great period in your life.
Not only are the words images important to your engagement book, but so are the outfits you have chosen. With our PixPublisher, it’s easy to customize the photo book to your colors. I took our guest book template and changed it from a black bar to a brown bar. If you take a look at the red arrow, you’ll see where I did a color pick from her boot. I picked the darkest color to anchor the photo book and have it coordinate.
These are just a few ideas to jazz up your engagement photo book. I hope these small tips will help you on your way to making a photo book that is a true reflection of your engagement.
- Written by Libby for Adoramapix