DIY Photography Tips for Professional Looking Photos…

DIY Photography Tips for Professional Looking Photos…

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Being pregnant with baby #2 I've been feeling all of the emotions lately and I'm realizing more and more to enjoy the little moments because time goes too fast! I feel like it was just yesterday we were bringing Isla home from the hospital and beginning our new life as a family of 4... and before we know it we will be a family of 5!!! Since Isla just turned one there are a ton of milestones coming up (she's so close to walking) I am trying to capture every moment. Lately I almost always have my Canon Rebel nearby so I can capture the cute things that Isla does (and Dasher is always along side her, they're never too far from each other). I never want to forget this stage! As I look back at old pictures of her first year I'm SO grateful for each and every photo I took because I now have them to look back on and cherish. In my opinion, you can never take too many pictures (Drew disagrees ;)!!!!

When Drew takes my outfit photos we use the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens, which I love but it's SO heavy which makes it nearly impossible to just pull out and start shooting at a moment's notice. For all of our family photos my favorite camera to use is my Canon Rebel with the EF 50mm f/1.2 L lens. I love how lightweight it is, and the best part is that it has built-in wifi so the photos can be instantly uploaded to my phone from anywhere!! I just got the Canon Photo Printer and I LOVE that I can print all of the family photos straight from my phone or computer without having to go to a printing store. Finally all of the picture frames around my home are starting to fill up!!

~Below are a few of my easy and basic photography tips for capturing frame worthy images of your little ones:

  • Use a portrait lens. This will blur the background out, instantly making it look like a professional photo! (My favorite is the EF 50mm f/1.2 L lens. However, the EF 50mm f/1.8 lens is budget friendly and still produces beautiful portrait photos).
  • Get on their same level. Yes you might have to crawl around but it's worth it.
  • Use props or toys to help make them feel comfortable and to keep them occupied (a dog will work too ;).
  • Take a ton of shots, don't wait until they are looking at the camera. Some of my favorite photos I've captured of Isla are the candid ones where she's just doing her thing.
  • Have another person there with you. I always like to have Drew or one of my sisters there with me to get Isla to laugh smile or look at the camera.

xo, Rach

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