How To Take Great Toddler Photos With Your Phone(Like A Pro)
Proud parents and loved ones often cherish their little ones’ early childhood years by taking countless professional photos of their child. This is why one of the most popular types of photography is baby photography. But it’s not always viable to hire a professional photographer. That is why as a parent, you need to find a workaround— often, that’s usually the camera on your phone. Following the tips in this article will help you take toddler photos with your phone that actually look good. After all, we bet you are tired of deleting those baby photos.
Photo-rich social sites like Pinterest and Instagram are full of kid photos. This makes them the perfect place to find inspiration since both allow you to save images under Collections(Instagram) and Boards(Pinterest). As a result, you can refer to them at any point in time for new ideas for your baby photos.
Lighting is everything
In every photography post we have published, we never fail to talk about lighting. If you want to take great toddler photos with your phone, you can’t afford to overlook the importance of lighting. What you do is dependent on whether you are using artificial or natural light. And since we are talking about photos you can take at home, there’s a high likelihood they will be indoors. This means you need to know how to make the most of artificial lighting and any natural light you can get indoors. Check out our post:8 Tips for Taking Great Photos with Your Phone in Your Home for more detailed ideas on how to make the most of available lighting.
Create the perfect background
Ever wondered how professional baby photographers can produce stunning photos time after time? With a variety of colors, textures and scenery possible with photo backdrops, you’re sure to get the look you want. A very simple idea you can implement today is hanging a plain sheet of material(canvas, sheet or wherever you have lying around) behind your baby as a backdrop.
Know your camera’s strengths & limits
It’s vital you know and understand how your camera works because if you don’t, you won’t be able to make the most of your phone’s camera and take awesome photos of your toddler. Take time to learn all the technical specifications of your camera as well as the manual settings. This allows you more creative freedom in deciding on how your photo looks.
Invest in smartphone camera accessories
There are several smartphone accessories you can use to take your baby photography a notch higher. Examples include a tripod(to keep your mobile camera steady and free your hands to frame and adjust your shot) and a macro lens(allow you to take really up-close photos of your toddler)
Get your toddler to cooperate
In a previous post, 6 Brilliant Tips For Getting Your Kids To Cooperate For Family Photos, we shared that it will be tough to take good photos if your child is uncooperative. Whether it’s making silly faces in return for that big smile or snapping away quietly as they sleep, you need to ensure your child is in the ideal state of mind for the kind of photo you want.
Learn how to edit properly
Taking photos is not the last step. If you want to take okay photos and make them look more appealing, you need to have a few editing photo skills up your sleeves. That said, whether it’s adjusting the color, contrast, or brightness, be careful not to get carried away. The last thing you want is an overly processed image of your toddler that looks less and less natural with each edit. We believe this is one of the main reasons our Family Yearbook clients love our services. We do all the photo editing for you when designing and creating your family yearbook.
There are 7 simple yet very practical ideas you can start implementing today for immediate results. And after you now have countless amazing toddler photos with your phone that you are reluctant to post online, what do you do? Get a family yearbook of course! Physical photos and albums have been shown to have multiple benefits on not only our happiness but also the development of our children. There’s no reason why you should fail to capture and preserve these priceless memories.