My Top Five Tips on taking your own photos at home!
CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN – MY TOP FIVE TIPS ON TAKING YOUR OWN PHOTOS OF YOUR NEW BABY AND FAMILY AT HOME.
Our day to day lives have changed dramatically in the last few days with the Government lockdown on non-essential travel and social distancing. New babies are arriving every day and I'm sure you'll be taking lots of your own photographs at home to preserve those first days in your memories for years to come!
While I'm unable to continue with my home photoshoots at the moment, I thought I'd give you my Top 5 tips to achieve some beautiful photographs with your family at home, using just a smartphone or whatever camera you happen to have.
My number one priority when photographing any baby or child, is their safety. Particularly when it comes to the teeny newborns. Make sure whatever photo you're going to attempt is safe. For new babies, or babies that aren't able to sit unaided yet, use a nice big, flat surface for them to lie on.
Make sure it's low to the ground and no way for them to roll. Always stay close, even if you think there's no way they can roll.
Capture the details, fingers, toes, what makes them unique and special? For younger babies you could try this when they're asleep so they're not so wriggly!
2. NATURAL LIGHT
As many of you may already know, I use natural light for my home sessions so this is something you can do too. The key to natural light is finding a spot in the house with nice, soft light, nothing too bright or harsh. I usually work near a large, bright window, where there's plenty of daylight available.
Try early in the morning or later on in the afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky, the light streaming into the house will be much softer. If we're lucky enough to have a nice sunny day (hopefully soon!), try to avoid the strong, bright light at midday, or try moving further away from the windows where the light is softer.
For older children, you could find a nice spot outside, perhaps under the trees where the light is softer. Try using some bubbles/ balloons or even some music for the older kids to get them engaged & distracted from the camera pointing at them, you'll get some great action shots!
When using the light of a window, or out in the garden, try to position yourself side-on to the light, rather than facing the sun. The light will falling across your face is much more flattering.
3. BE IN THE PICTURES!
Now is the best time to be in those photos, make sure your baby has memories to look back on when they're older of the time spent with you. Here are some simple poses you could try at home;
4. APPS FOR EDITING YOUR PHOTOS - IF YOU'RE FEELING CREATIVE!
A top rated app for editing smartphone photos is Snapseed by Google.
Available on both iOS and Android devices, Snapseed, offers a suite of editing tools that allow you to add filters and effects to your images.
As it's backed by Google, Snapseed has some pretty amazing specialty features. You can use the "face enhance" feature to add focus to a person's eyes, smooth out their skin, or even add lighting to their face.
You can also create double exposures by blending two photos together.
If you're looking to get super creative with your images, Snapseed will become one of your favourites!
5. PRINT YOUR IMAGES
One of the hidden and powerful aspects of family photography, displaying your photographs of your children around the home has shown to boost the confidence and self esteem of children.
Whilst smartphones will have a lower resolution for printing images than an SLR camera could achieve, you should be able to achieve the standard 6x4" or 7x5" prints. I'd recommend using an online printer such as Photobox for a good quality print.
Why not post some to your relatives so they have some lovely images of your children to put up in their home, I'm sure it would make many grandparents happy right now!
Keep in touch, let me know how you get on, I'd love to see some of your own images!
Stay safe, stay home,