I LOVE trying out new photographers!!!!! When you walk into my house you will see my walls covered in photo fabulousness of my daughter!!! I swear we have booked photo shoots for every possible reason. Birthday? Photo shoot! Holiday? Well that's just a given! First time finger painting?! Well that is captured by a photographer as well. Some might call it over the top. Me? I like to remind people that I only have one kid so I have to do everything "right" the first time around. I don't have a second or third kiddo to spread out the fun with.
For the past two years I have been dreaming of a dorky pajama family photo! My hubby however has refused to see an actual photographer wearing dorky pajamas. He hates having his picture taken (why you rarely see him on the blog) so sitting for a session wearing something he would never actually wear is a total nightmare to him. This year he finally got sick of me asking over and over for such a photo that he suggested ordering the dorky pajamas & just using my blogging photography equipment to snap the pic. Our photo might not be the most professional, but since it did come out looking cute, I thought I would pass on some home photography tips!
1. Natural Night. Take your family photo next to a window. You will love how your complexion looks with natural sunlight shining on your skin. Light is your photography bestie. If you suck at editing past filters like me, I can't preach natural lighting enough!!!!
2. Load On The Makeup. I will admit I went a tad bit overboard on the blush, but my main goal was to have that "flawless" smooth looking skin. To achieve that look use a primer before you even start your makeup & then use more foundation than you would normally use. You will look like you're about to hit a night club in real life, but you will have flawless skin in your photo even before you use that filter!!! Loading foundation = photo editing newbies bestie!
3. Self Timer. This one is obviously a no brainer, but use the self timer option on your camera to shoot your photo. 10 seconds might not sound like that much time, but it will be all you need to capture that moment.
4. Tickle To Get A Kid To Smile. Have a kiddo that refuses to smile on command?! Tickle them! Works like a charm with my daughter. Maybe telling a funny joke would even work for your kid?! I have even had my daughter sing a song before while shooting her for the blog before and have captured the perfect shot while in song since she was smiling due to singing!
5. Turn Off Your Flash. Camera flash is deeply unflattering and totally unforgiving. I promise you will get a much, much nicer & cleaner looking picture without it especially if you take my advice above about natural lighting!
6. Cropping. Don't stress too much about having your home looking fabulous for that photo! As long as the main focus of the photo is clutter free, you can most likely crop out everything else. The photo above was shot next to a window and had a fire place on the other side! You would never be able to tell since I cropped both out!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.