Like most parents, capturing our little one at different stages starting from newborn is part and parcel of being a proud parent, after all they don’t stay cute for long… Right?
We could have opted to have a Baby Photoshoot, but are well aware that once the photos are taken, edited and you’re ushered into a warm room with relaxing music in the background, its for too easy to get lost in the moment.
Before you know it, that “Free” 12×12 photo has somehow turned into 10 pictures of gigantic proportions requiring another mortgage!
Do Your Own Baby Photoshoots
Luckily, a number of years ago while we were travelling, I bought a Canon 450D and attended a 10 week night-school course that included hints and tips on portrait photography.
On the photography course, we learned how to use the camera properly (non of this Portrait Mode), and also how to make the most of different lighting techniques and backdrops.
It wasn’t long before I realised that capturing a decent photograph isn’t that hard – as long as you have patience, ideas and props, most people can capture some stunning photos.
With G-man settling into a routine of sorts, I contacted a local studio and arranged to hire the studio for an afternoon and asked Colin to stick around initially, just to remind me of the lighting setup. The idea was to refresh my skills and if I got 1 or 2 decent photos, then I’d be more than happy.
Our Baby Photoshoot Day
On the day itself, we took a few changes of clothes and couple of props such as Monty the penguin from 2014 John Lewis Christmas advert campagin.
We’d gone prepared which is essential to make the most of your time in a studio, and built a small Pinterest board with ideas of what poses and photos we hoped to achieve, and after 2 hours taking around 100 photos, managed to get 10 photos that we’re more than happy with.
Now I’ve had my “refresher”, we’ll be booking the studio again as and when we think he’s changed. Maybe when he can hold his head up or sit up unaided.
For a fraction of the cost, we can keep track of our little one and decide which photos to stick on Flickr for the family to view and which to have printed on canvass with Photobox.