If you follow me on Pinterest you will know that I frequently pin to my Photography board as I aspire to take better pictures and learn to edit more creatively to archive the millions of moments I have with my growing family. I got my first DSLR camera for Christmas last year and have been shooting in manual mode for almost nine months, yet I still feel very mediocre. I need to remind myself of the progress I have made in my photography skills over the past year and although I still have a ways to go to get where I want to be, I will get there eventually.
I am excited to capture memories of my upcoming bundle of joy next month (and not have to pay someone to do it) and put my skills to the test. Luckily, a newborn is a really good model, because they will not crawl or run away from the camera. In the widget below, photographer, author and educator Erin Manning provides her Top 3 Tips for capturing better baby photos. Erin gives you advice on setting the scene and getting close to the baby for those perfect images, and I think that although they are pretty simple tips they are good reminders. I know that it is easy to get caught up in too many props or surrounding distractions and it can really make better, cleaner photos that need less editing when a simple, but beautiful stage is set.
The tip I would add would be to take lots of photos because more you take, the greater your chance is that one will turn out. If your camera has a multi-shot setting, definitely use it, especially with infants and young children who are always on the move. I would say that I probably only get one decent shot out of every dozen or so I take, because kids never sit still. So make sure you have a large enough memory card to accommodate and you can delete all of the duds later. I have been using a SanDisk memory card in my camera since last spring so it is a brand that I trust and is affordable.
What photography tips have been the most useful for you in capturing family memories, or do you leave it to the professionals?
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for SanDisk. I received a product sample to thank me for participating.