Mommy Photography

They say 'photograph what you love'. So what would I tell my sister if she had a baby and wanted more beautiful photos of baby?

You've had a baby and you want to capture those fleeting moments so you are starting from the right place! Photography from the heart.
We are sharing some tips on getting started in photography for parents, and so holding on to those precious moments. 

(Jimdo Stock photo)
(Jimdo Stock photo)

Finding a DSLR

"The best camera in the world is the one that's on you".


A 35 mm camera is a nice start but so many moments could be lost if not for those phones within arms reach as baby takes her first steps. Canon G series is fair quality for reasonable prices when second hand.
You will probably be close up to baby in the first years, so a zoom won't be useful at first.
A 35-55 mm lens or fixed lens will be nice but try to put a little distance to avoid distortion.

Pete recommends these sites to help you find a camera:

You can check out this link or similar ones:
www.techradar.com/news/best-entry-level-dslr-camera

 

I also often go to these sites to check reviews before I buy:
www.kenrockwell.com/tech/reviews.htm
www.the-digital-picture.com/

Tips

Newborn photo DIY: A photographer's great tips & Photoshop poses not to try at home.

Social Media

I (Christine) love portrait photography and would love to post precious baby pics and family portraits for the world to see. However, we made a commitment after asking ourselves, how would those kids like to have their photos made public before they understood media? We may share parent's pics in private networks, but we avoid posting photos of children on media platforms unless we have permission.
We won't post grown up's pics without permission either.
As photographers, we respect your image rights. We will not charge you to keep your pics private, they are your image and our art. Please let us know if we can share your image(s).

Our puppy's image is fair game. And our pup loves to pose.
Our puppy's image is fair game. And our pup loves to pose.

Nailing the image basics (let light in)

Auto Settings

DLSR cameras have wonderful automatic features but it helps to understand some basics.
There are brilliant photographers with full courses. This is not that, this is to get you set for pics of your baby/babies.
Read your camera's manual or watch a youtuber but become minimally familiar with these:
ISO: This one affects grainy look of photos. Set this higher for low light, lower for bright light.
Shutter Speed: If your little is sleeping you would still need a steady hand to let light into your camera with a long exposure (keeping the shutter open too long). Auto is best.
Aperture: How big is the hole in the lense. Let more or less light in, brighter /darker image but also determines how much of the background you can see clearly. (I love blurr and this is where you get that look.!)

... more to come!

Source: Photographylife.com
Source: Photographylife.com

Getting the look

Once you've practiced getting enough light in to see the photo clearly,
and getting the type of blurr you like,
you can also work on the colour you like. Dreamy, creamy pinks and pastels, peachy skin tones, journalistic black and white photos...

This photographer describes the photoshop process of getting that dreamy creamy look.
https://youtu.be/28n3jZWISE0 (A great example can be found at amyandjordan.com)