Learning to Photograph my kid
This month is all about showing love. Today, I want to introduce you to Carli Bierman and I’m hoping you will show her and her daughter some love.
Taking adorable photos of my babies has always been on my to-do list every since they were born. I’ve taken pictures of their milestones, holiday photos, family photos, and all the in-betweens… But something just didn’t make me absolutely love them.
I realised that even though phone cameras have come a long way. They weren’t giving me the “adorable professional-looking” vibe I wanted. When my daughter was about five months old, I talked with my husband about wanting to invest in a nice professional camera. I wanted to get the beautiful pictures without having to spend money on a photo session every time I wanted something captured!
Well, I took the leap and bought myself a great, yet affordable camera, the Nikon D-5500. It was very intimidating at first, so I took the manual and read everything front to back, and then read it again. I was so determined to teach myself how to take at least half decent looking photos.
After reading through the manual. I turned to my trusty Pinterest account and was blown away. There are so many diagrams and articles teaching you the meanings and the in-and-outs of photography! There are so many ways you can teach yourself how to take great pictures, especially if you’re as determined as I was!
I began using my camera while my daughter was napping. Taking pictures of random items and working on getting used to the manual mode. I would just practice and practice, trying to learn my camera and all of its operations. Making adjustments, playing with the lighting, figuring out what worked best for me. It all started to make more sense the more I used my camera.
When my daughter was eight months old, I decided to give it a try and set up just a few things to start practicing on her. As worried as I was about how the photos would turn out, it actually happened to turn out great for my first time trying! It’s all trial and error when it comes to taking photos… at least in my experience it was.
The more photos I took, the better I got. I kept reading up on new articles about photography, trying to learn as much as I possibly could. As soon as my daughter was mobile, it started to get a bit harder to get decent photos of her because she would never sit still for me.
When I couldn’t get decent photos, I was getting kind of mad at myself because I thought I was finally getting the hang of it! That’s when I decided to have her do things she enjoys and just photograph her that way. We would go outside and she would run and play with the dogs, pick flowers, blow bubbles, anything to make her smile, and that’s when it hit me.
Trying to take photos of a baby that just wants to run will never work if you try to make them sit still and look at the camera. Instead, adjust your camera and get those action shots! That genuine smile. The pure joy in what they’re doing. Those are the moments you want to capture, not them posing for you.
After many, many photos being taken and deleting over half of them because they didn’t turn out. I finally started getting into the groove of making adjustments. Let me tell you, it is not always easy, but it is oh so worth it!!
Learning how to take photos of your little ones will take time and commitment. If it starts to get hard, don’t give up! Keep learning how to adjust. Keep reading more information. Continue learning about shutter speed, ISO, rule of thirds, exposure, etc. It will be worth it, trust me.
So you want to take great photos but have no idea where to start!I will be the first to admit that, I almost gave up taking pictures many times because I would think I had a handle on things, and then none of my photos would turn out the way I wanted.
My best tips I can give you is to practice, practice, PRACTICE. Keep taking photos, because for every twenty or thirty photos you take. You’ll maybe, only like two or three; but then again if you don’t take any photos you won’t get any! Continue educating yourself; keep reading articles, looking at diagrams, even reaching out and asking for help can sometimes be very beneficial.
You aren’t alone! If I can learn to work a camera and get decent photos I know you can too! Because let me tell you, I am NOT tech-savvy at all!
Learning to photograph your kids can be one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things you can do. Plus, you’ll have beautiful pictures to look back on for years to come!
Why not start today? Check out Robyn’s Photography 101.