When your a SAHM and on a budget there are no extra funds to use on professional photos. Even though this will be Charlotte’s first Christmas, I couldn’t justify spending tons of money on professional photos like I did for my maternity shoot. So I have put together a “how to” guide to take professional looking photos at home.
How to Take Professional Looking Photo’s at Home
Spoiler Alert: Some of these photos WILL be used for my Christmas cards this year.
What will you need?
Camera – Canon Rebel EOS XTI
You will need a camera that you can change the shutter speed, aperture and ISO on.
Shutter Speed 1/15 (Some motion)
Aperture F4.0 (Slightly blurred background)
ISO 1600 (good for low lighting)
I am a newbie and I clicked here for a quick how to for camera settings.
In my bedroom at home, I used a low lit corner to build the set for my Christmas photo shoot. I put the chair in the corner with Christmas lights behind and on the chair. I covered the lights with the blanket and placed the three ornaments.
Check the Christmas lights for any hazards (broken lights, open wire, etc.) Also, check them periodically while in use for any hazards or heat.
To get the effect in the picture below, turn off the lights in the room and use the Christmas lights as the primary light source.
Outfit & Props
The Santa outfit I got was very inexpensive. I went to Marshalls and got it in the baby section for $7.99. The dog antlers and sweaters were from last years sale but here are some great one’s on Amazon-For the outside shoot I used Crayola Washable Paint to paint reindeer spots on Diesel and Chase.
The Christmas ornaments are ones I had from our tree. You can use whatever props you would like. If my husband wasn’t so busy, I would have had him build me a life size sleigh (just kidding hunny, ok but really maybe next year?).
When I did the outside shoot with the dogs Charlotte was in a bad mood, and it started to rain. So learn from my mistakes:
- Do the outside shoot when there is good weather
- Set up the “set” before bringing the baby along (it’s kind of hard to do one handed)
- Make sure the baby is well rested and in a good mood
- Set your camera settings before shooting the baby (use a teddy bear as a mock baby to get the lighting right)
Eventually everything came together and here is the final product:
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