I’m well beyond the cutesy baby stage with school aged children so I’ve taken to photographing the next best thing. My puppy! But now my puppy is almost a year old so the days of her falling asleep all over the house and being photogenic are over! I was absolutely delighted when my mother in law came for a visit and introduced us to her new baby! Meet, Pip!
Pip is the teensiest, cutest little chihuahua weighing in at a whopping 3lbs. Pip was my “baby” for my Canon SL1 photoshoot and while it’s always a bit of a struggle to photograph anything that moves Pip did fantastic.
For this post I want to chat about the importance of lighting and setting up your scene with fail-proof props. When I took a few test photos of Pip, they were atrocious! I did a side by side unedited comparison for you below so you can see the importance of setting up your scene. On the left, my curtains are open and the afternoon sun is glaring in on us. The result is a very harsh, unforgiving light that definitely doesn’t do little Pip any justice! On the right, I simply moved over to a chair beside a window with the curtains closed. A HUGE difference! Now the photo has a softness to it and the colors are much more accurate.
So many times we get discouraged while taking photos of our children and pets because they don’t have that beautiful, soft look to them but the majority of time this can be corrected simply by moving to a different room in your house and by taking a few extra minutes to close the curtains and take note of the lighting.
To set up my scene I followed professional baby photographer, Stephanie Robin’s Plan Your Baby Moments tips by watching Canon’s series of tutorial videos starting with this one:
I gathered my props (you can find a curated collection of beautiful ones here!) – a soft rug with a ton of texture in a light color, a stretchy, gauzy newborn wrap, and a few pillows to make Pip feel “hugged” while laying on her back.
Then I made sure to close my lightweight curtains and position her with her head in front of the window so the light would cascade over the top of her. Then I wrapped her up gave her a few rubs and she was snug as a bug.
How adorable is she?!?!
Tessie eventaully wandered in to see what all the fuss is about the “new baby” was…
In the end these photos needed very little editing. All I did in my iphoto was lighten them up, bump up the contrast and the highlights a bit, and tone down the saturation just a smidge.
Definitely take the time to look through Canon’s Plan Your Baby Moments website – even if you don’t have babies! The tips there are extremely valuable no matter when you’re photographing. You’ll get to know your camera a little better and learn more about lighting and props and what helps to give your photos that studio-quality feel to them.
And to help get you motivated to start practicing, Canon is giving away a $100 portable and wireless Canon SELPHY CP910 Printer! This giveaway will be held on Instagram so to enter I would love for you to head over to Instagram, follow me (naturalmommie) and leave me a comment below the photo of Pip I shared there!