This is the fourth part of a seven-part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.
Oh man, the six month mark! We’ve made it half a year already and we’re still going full steam ahead. These next few months are going to change your lives, even more than the first month. Now we’re introduced to quite a bit more mobile movement… possibly crawling, pulling up, or rolling themselves across the floor. By this time, they aren’t interested in cruising along in the baby seat for long. They want to be up, out, playing, movin’ and a shakin’.
Faster Shutter Speed.
This month is super fun. It also adds a bit more challenge to the past six months of photo-taking-craziness. They aren’t going to sit still for long, especially in new surroundings!
Be ready to have your shutter speed pumped up to 1/125sec (or 125 on your screen) or higher. That is going to make sure you’ll get a crisp shot mid-movement. Obviously, if you’re out in the sun like below, your shutter will be much higher.
If the sun is setting and you’re in a shadier area, you might have to change your Aperture or ISO settings to get the shutter a bit higher than automatic.
On a mobile camera, a lot of apps allow you to adjust the ISO setting at the very least to help manipulate the shutter higher.
Standard cameras give you the option to force the shutter under Tv or adjust your Aperture under Av. Go M for manual and set it all yourself!
See the world from their perspective: Get down low.
One of the fun parts about shooting babies at this age is getting down low. Often times, I leave a portrait session all covered in dirt or sand. I am laying on the ground, crouching, or bending to get down and get a shot straight at their level.
Don’t be afraid to look silly while you’re out with your buddy. The strangers around you will forget about you in a few minutes, but you won’t forget the image you just captured.
For example, below is an image we took on someone else’s front lawn. Their grass was full, green, and gorgeous. After walking the boardwalk, we plopped Monkey down, made him laugh, and I laid on the sidewalk and clicked. Five minutes or less!
Look straight into their eyes.
Nothing’s better than a photo where you can capture you’re little one’s soul. That moment where they give you a peek into their thoughts. To snag those types of images, make sure to shoot straight on and set your focus on their eyes (or face with a mobile camera).
Often times, when they are younger, they aren’t in full control of their eye sight or may easily be distracted by the colors around them. Now, you’ve got their full attention; use it to your advantage.
Get their reaction.
Often times the images we look for are the pretty ones to hang on the wall. Don’t forget to take the images of their reactions to the world around them. You know your baby guy or gal at this point, so make some time (or set your camera up in advance) to remember those moments.
At mealtimes trying a new food or exhausted out on a walk after a first taste of ice cream. The shots are endless and lots of fun!
We’re more than halfway through the series now. Tell me, are you finding these tips useful? I hope so, if not, email me your questions! kate [at] katenesi.com
Photographing Your Child’s First Year Series:
Part I: Newborn to First Month
Part II: 2-3 Months
Part III: 4-5 Months
Part IV: 6-7 Months
Part V: 8-9 Months
Part VI: 10-11 Months
Part VII: 12 Months + Cake Smash