When newborns aren’t interested in sleeping for me, there’s no time or need for panic. Although deep sleeping babies are so much easier to pose in baskets and sweet positions, I really do enjoy the babies that want to be part of the action. During this session, this little guy wanted no business with sleep. We did a newborn lifestyle session instead and it couldn’t have been more perfect for this sweet family. The mom and dad become the props and honestly, I think they do a better job of showing off the love and excitement of gaining a new life in the family. Look at this beautiful family!
Last Christmas I was DETERMINED to capture a beautiful moment with my kids and my ginormous Christmas tree. I posted my photos on my personal facebook page and got a lot of great comments so I thought I’d share how I did it, so you can do it too. All you need is a DSLR camera and a great lens. I used my Canon 5D Mark II and 50mm 1.4 lens.
1. The set up involved turning off all the lights in the room and nearby rooms, leaving just the tree lights on (of course).
2. You won’t be using your flash for this photo. We can all agree that camera flash and Christmas trees don’t play well together.
3. You’ll want to turn your camera on Manual Mode (It’s the “M” on the dial)
4. You will need to set your ISO as high as it will go. I had mine set at 3200
5. Turn the shutter speed down to around 1/40 sec. With that being set so low, any fast movements will blur so it’s super important to get the people in the photo to be as still as possible. That’s really the hardest part when you have kids or animals. You also have to be as still as possible. I used a tripod but you can use a piece of furniture to stabilize the camera for the shot.
6. Set your aperture value to f/2.0 (if your lens doesn’t got that low, try the lowest number). You can play around with this.
7. Make sure the children involved understand what the amazing prize will be if they cooperate;-) This was the ONE time I told my 2 year old to touch the ornaments. Girl got focused and I hit the jackpot.
8. Take lots and lots of photos!
The photos above were not edited, other than being resized and slightly sharpened for web.
So, now you’re ready to take a beautiful Christmas tree photo that your facebook friends can ooooh and ahhhh over:-) Feel free to comment if you have questions and let me know how it turns out for you!
I love a good rainy day, especially in the fall. Today was one of those days where it was just too yucky to go anywhere, so after Church we put on our comfy clothes, watched movies, ate lots of snacks, made the grandma a fall craft, and pulled out the bouncy house. The kids got this bouncy thing from the grandparents one Christmas a few years ago with the thought that we’d use it outside (like normal people do). BUT, it just fits too perfectly in our living room to not use it indoors on days like today…high of 54 and rain rain rain. It is always a hit and of course I snapped photos so I could keep those smiles!
Little Mr. Liam was was about 4 months old for this session, but was nothing short of smiles and serious looks during our shoot. We ventured around Maymont Park for 2 hours while he was chill and looking cute the entire time. I suspect Liam will have a tooth, mastered sitting or something new by the time his next session rolls around in November.
Don’t let the title fool you…I’m not the one with baby fever:-) However, I am loving all the babies that I’m getting to photograph this Spring. Here’s a peek at some of my latest sessions.
To see more from each of these sessions, visit my facebook page.
I met this adorable family just 3 short months ago when they booked me to take baby Ella’s newborn photos. I met up with them again this past week to shoot some family photos. We had a blast and Ella was definitely into my big black camera this time.
Ella won’t remember me because she pretty much slept like a dream during her photo session. She woke up once to eat and then it was back to slumber after her full belly. No wonder I was able to put her into so many poses and baskets. Sleepy babies make us photogs look good. Thanks, Ella! Now do that for your mama and daddy!
Isn’t she the sweetest?!
I had the best time with little Jules a few weeks ago. She most definitely wins the award for “best sleeping baby during a photo shoot”. She did not stir as I moved her around her front yard, which is beautiful by the way! Her mom is a landscape designer so she had lucious landscaping for us to play in. Get ready for a ton of photos!