All of us want our little ones to have their own photo shoot. Just recently, we brought Bella to the studio for a 2x2 ID picture which is a requirement for her ballet class. At the same time, I availed of a portrait package for her. I would show you that too because she was wearing her Lemon Kiss dress.
Doing that reminded me of a photo shoot we had at home when she was just one year old. It was really fun and I don't have to worry about how long it would take and how many shots would there be because everything is free. My aunt borrowed a DSLR camera and she was our official photographer for the day.
It actually isn't easy to take a picture of a one year old who keeps on moving and running and easily gets bored and tired. I actually planned to bring her to a studio but they said it would be hard to do that because my Bella is so hyper and active. We'd all surely end up exhausted without the assurance of getting a lovely shot. So, we decided to do it at home.
Planning to do a photo shoot in your own home? Here are some tips I can give you based on personal experience.
1. First of all, ready your little one's mood. Make sure they are cheerful and in the mood for the shots. We also made sure she wouldn't be intimated or scared with the camera. So, we talked to her about what we are going to do that day.
2. When you think your child is ready, then prepare your props. Aside from that, bring in the blankets! Lol. For our photo shoot, we used white blanket for the backdrop and we let my daughter sit on blankets too. But you can also make your own backdrop as well. You can actually be more prepared by making lovely backdrops.
3. Get ready with the costumes too. If you have some scene in mind, you have to work on that in advance. Well, for our photo shoot, it was just an instant idea and we were not able to prepare well for it. Well, next time we will really get ready. I just used Bella's ladybug onesie, bumble bee swimwear and tutu skirt.
4. See to it that that lighting is right. It was afternoon when we did the shoot and the sun's beams were glaring indoors. So, we needed to look for a spot where it isn't too bright. But the best light to use is natural light, just make sure it isn't too bright. You can also use a curtain to diffuse the light.
5. And then just have fun with the photos! Take as much photos as you can so you can just choose the best ones.
6. Edit the photos. You can choose whatever software you want. That could be Adobe Photoshop or even PicMonkey.
I let Bella change her attire for three times and I guess she was already tired. So I didn't try the fourth one anymore. We decided to just stop it already because you know how kids are. So, here are some photos as a result of our DIY photo shoot.
The advantage of a DIY photo shoot is that you can save a lot of money, you can take all the time you want and your little one would be comfortable doing that in your own home. After what we did, I guess we would do it again. Once I get hold of my own DSLR, for sure Bella would have plenty of portrait photos!
I just didn't have time to edit the photos or change backgrounds. You can clearly see the white blanket lol. But I am happy with how the images turned up to be. How about you , have you tried doing a photo shoot at home?
Thursday, April 9, 2015
10:30:00 PM Kareen Liez Datoy 32 comments