So, you’re scrolling through Pinterest and you start seeing all of these adorable photo shoots with babies, yeah. Me too. I’ve decided that every season I wanted to do like a mini photo shoot with my little one. The last one I did was Easter themed and I think they came out pretty good if I do say so myself.
I’ve always been interested in photography. Even took a couple classes in college. I don’t have the best camera and I sure don’t know how to manually set it for better pictures. But I will tell you what I do know and how I set them up!
First things first, how’s your baby’s attitude toward pictures. I’m very lucky to have a little one who loves to ham it up in front of the camera. The only challenge now is to keep her contained! She’s crawling now and if anything catches her eye—she’s off the races!
I try to take pictures of her first thing in the morning. 1) Because otherwise I’ll forgot to take her month to month photos 2) She’ll mess up her cute outfit because she’s a baby 3) That’s when she’s the happiest.
Good news is if you’re trying to take outdoor photos like I did here, morning and evening light is the best. That way your picture isn’t all washed out and you don’t have sun in your baby’s eyes.
For this photo shoot, I found inspiration in two photos. I knew that I wanted to take a 4th of July photo since we’ll be out of town and it might get crazy! And I wanted to take one of her in vintage-inspired tin tub.
So for the 4th of July portion, I bought the picnic blanket, the pinwheel, her sunglasses, outfit, swimsuit/matching bow at Target. The rest came from Wal-Mart. You can find whatever “Americana” décor you want for this photo. The one I was inspired by even had vintage coke bottles. I decided to also have her pose with a classic bomb popsicle. Update: If you didn’t know bomb pops stain your skin! Don’t worry put a little toothpaste on a washcloth. It’ll come right off.
Next, I wanted a picture of her in the tin tub surrounded by lemons. I thought it would be super cute to see her trying to eat the fruit in the tub! I knew that this one would look better out in the open inside of in my backyard. There is this cute park a couple miles from my house where I had my maternity shoot. I thought this would be the perfect location. It’s pretty secluded for the most part so my husband can do all his craziest tricks to make her smile.
When we got to the park, she didn’t want to get into the tub, so I improvised! Let your little one lead the way. And just take the picture. You never know what gem you’ll catch (including some bloopers!).
Since that photo session didn’t work out as planned, I made a last minute decision to bring my camera to a farm where we went berry-picking. I think they turned out pretty adorable!
I hope this post gives you all some inspiration! I love taking photos of my little one and I bet you do too. What theming should I do for her Fall photos? Leave it in the comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe! Thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe Independence Day!