I think it’s safe to say this past year was a blur. This little chunk has officially become a one-year-old. It only took a month, but we finally have his 12-month photos finally done. There’s something special about having a one-year-old. They are so cute, have the biggest personalities, learning how to become a human, and are just a little sidekick that still depends on you. Even better when you get those one-year photos done. Am I right? Now you can take those photos yourself. I officially did a DIY Fall baby photoshoot for Micah’s one-year photos and I am ecstatic about how they came out. Take these tips and read more below on how to create a Diy Fall baby photoshoot you can do yourself.
Easy Way To DIY Your Baby Photos
I currently have a canon m200. I upgraded last year and decided to just DIY his photos instead of seeking out a photographer. It just wasn’t in the budget. Now don’t get me wrong. Photographers are amazing at their jobs. They create a story for you and your family. Going the cheap way and seeking a cheaper price for work may not be the best way to go.
You literally get what you pay for. Trust me it’s happened to me and I wasn’t fully satisfied. I would also consider myself an amateur photographer but I’m learning as we go. For that, I’m coming at you guys with some ways to create a DIY Fall baby photoshoot. You can use these tips for more than a Fall photoshoot too. Plus you’ll learn how to create better photos of your babies and kids even when you’re in a crunch or just want to do them on your own.
I polled you guys on Instagram and asked you guys about taking better photos from your phone and I got an overwhelming response. As moms, we are always taking our kids’ photos. With the holidays approaching you guys voted to see more on photography from your phone and I’m totally here for it. So I’m starting with this DIY Fall photoshoot for Micah’s 12 Month Milestone Photos.
Steps To Taking Fall photos of your babies and kids
Step 1 | Find your theme: The first thing I did was scour Pinterest for a theme on what I actually wanted to capture. All I did was search Fall DIY 12 Month Photoshoot and so many options came up. I saw a cute setup with a baby that was sitting on the ground with Fall decor and also had the words ONE near him just sitting outdoors.
Step 2 | Get your props: I thought it would be cool if I did a DIY and made a similar-looking same sign. All I did was grab all the supplies from Michaels and everything cost under $10. You can find everything HERE. Then I grabbed some fake leaves I found at Dollar Tree, a stack of hay, and some pumpkins. Everything cost under $25.
Step 3 | Set everything up for the shoot. It was nice out so I brought Micah out with me to sit out on the grass while I set up everything. It took 5-10 minutes to set up.
Step 4 | Start to shoot. One important thing no matter if you’re taking these on your phone or on a camera decide what time of day you will be doing your photos. If there will be harsh light or sunlight make sure you are not standing or sitting directly in the sun. It makes your photos completely washed out. If you’re next to a tree sitting or standing near a tree it will help diffuse the harsh sunlight.
Step 5 | Don’t wait too long or make the photoshoot out to be too long. When you’re shooting with a camera there’s a continuous shoot option so you basically get to shoot continuously. Within 15 minutes I was able to capture exactly 93 photos. Obviously, with a smartphone, it would take longer to do that but you can also use the burst feature which works in the same way. If your baby or kid does move using burst may not get you exactly the perfect image.
Step 6 | Edit your photos: I’m by no means a pro but I’ve been learning. I do use a preset but normally adjust it so it’s not just a one-click type of tool. If you are shooting on a camera I highly suggest shooting in RAW. I just started doing this and my photos look crisp and unbelievably amazing. When you don’t shoot in raw and use jpeg and end up using a preset it won’t look as crisp or even pixelated. One thing I couldn’t figure out until I started using RAW. I’ve also invested in a preset that I love. Six Little Babes Presets are my ultimate favorite. Currently, I’ve used Apple Orchard part of the Fall tones pack. Voila!! There ya go.
I hope this little guide has helped you take your babies’ photos. Not just for milestone photos but for any type of photos. Let’s face it. As moms, we are the photographer in our family.