Tips + Tricks for Capturing Childhood

As moms, we all want to capture and remember our little one’s childhood.

We do that by taking photos of all the memorable moments- small and big. From day one, we find ourselves taking pictures of those tiny little hands/feet and the cute little squinty faces our newborn makes. Later on, we find ourselves taking photos of family trips, graduations, proms, and more.

Your phone is likely flooded with pictures of your children (and barely any picture of yourself).

You, my friend are the mamarrazi or mom-tographer as I like to call it!
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I’ve always had a love for photography, but I knew that I wanted to capture quality images when my son was born. I wanted to take photos that I could hang on the wall and display proudly. So, I picked up a camera and learned a few tricks to help me accomplish this.

So, I feel obligated to share these easy and simple tricks with you!

GET DOWN ON THEIR LEVEL. Photos are most flattering when they are taken at eye-level. If you have a toddler, kneel down and try to snap a photo on their level. Yes, above shots are cool too (so don’t rule those out).

USE NATURAL LIGHT. Light is life! Seriously, if you have poor light your photo will appear grainy and it will affect your image quality. Open all those shades and let the light in! Position your subjects near windows and other bright places in your home. Try to steer clear of using flash.

AVOID CLUTTER. Ever looked a photo and your eyes don’t know where to focus? Clutter can take away from your subject. Make your children the center of attention in the photo. This doesn’t mean you have to deep clean your house and put away all the toys. This means, try to take photos away from the clutter and with a clean backdrop (or away from the crowd of people).

INVEST IN A GOOD PHONE OR A BEGINNER DSLR. My recommendation is to invest in a beginner DSLR. You WON’T regret it. DSLR’s will produce the best image quality. Don’t let these cameras scare you. I have a beginners course linked below that will have you shooting like a pro in no time! I shoot with a Nikon D3400 for reference.

You don’t necessarily need a fancy camera though to take great photos. Phones today have amazing cameras. I own a Google Pixel 3 and love the images it produces. Of course, everyone raves about the Iphone X (I may be the only person in the world without an Iphone). Do your research and as always, make sure your lens is clean before taking a photo!

START SHOOTING MANUAL. Did you get a camera, but you’re terrified by the idea of switching out of auto? Don’t be! It can be a little bit of a learning curve, but you will catch on fast. Do some googling on Aperature, ISO, and Shutter Speed and start taking photos (it’s all about trial and error).

Most of the time, I shoot in Aperature priority mode. I set my aperature (usually a 3.5) and start snapping photos…that’s it. The camera decides ISO and Shutter speed for me, all I do is decide my point of focus.I suggest taking this courseMom-tography 101 to learn everything you need to know!

EDIT YOUR PHOTOS. This is the fun part (and no, it’s not cheating)! I love this part of photography, because you get to see your photo come to life and put your own touch on it. All those great photos you see today are edited using a preset (aka a filter). How you edit and what you use is all personal preference!

Lightroom is a popular editing app that can be used on your mobile device or computer. The mobile app is FREE, however, the computer program is a monthly fee of $9.99. This is what most photographers use to edit photos taken with their DSLR camera. VSCO is another popular editing tool that can be used on your phone or computer. Some filters are free, but most options have to be purchased.

My one peice of advice while editing- STRAIGHTEN YOUR PHOTO! Maybe it’s my OCD tendecies, but it bugs me when a photo is crooked (and i’m guilty of taking crooked photos).  This can be done in the crop section of editing.

Popular Presets: Soulmate Presets- SMAL/ Modern Market Photography/ Mastin Labs/ Etsy (so many options!)/ Jessica Kettle Presets

GET CREATIVE + HAVE FUN!

As always, thanks for reading! I can’t wait to see the progress you make.

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