9 MONTH PHOTOSHOOT / BEHIND-THE-SCENES

I wanted to quickly share my setup on how I lit and shot Lucas’ 9 month photos. (Even though he’ll already be 10 months in a week! ahhh). It’s a simple setup, and I tend to use what I have- so even if you don’t have professional equipment, you can adopt some of these strategies to get some pretty pics in your home. :)

Here are 3 tips for a simple photo setup:

  1. FIND THE BEST LIGHT

  2. BOOST THE LIGHTING (IF NEEDED)

  3. USE A THEME

1. FIND THE BEST LIGHT

The easiest way to get some pretty pics is to place your subject by the best source of light in your house. Finding a large window is a good option (unless there’s direct sunlight coming through it- the hard light and shadows will make it more complicated). You can see below that I chose to shoot in our bedroom that has 2 windows. However, it’s still pretty dark and didn’t quite have enough natural light, so I had to boost it.

Please ignore the horrible mess on my husband’s side of the bed!

Please ignore the horrible mess on my husband’s side of the bed!

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2. BOOST THE LIGHT (IF NEEDED)

I needed a larger source of light because that window was just not letting enough light in. So I set up 2 daylight LEDs to bounce off an off-white sheet that I taped to the wall. It might not look the most professional, but it certainly works for this!! (Use what you have!!) I love placing the main light (aka key light) in front and to the side of my subject, so that that light fills 3/4 of the face. Now, if you don’t have lighting equipment, you can skip this step- just bring your subject close enough to your light source (window) to make sure your image is properly exposed.

You can also see that I have a blackout curtain that I used to cover the mirror (mirrors reflect light). It’s being used as a double purpose: 1. To keep it from reflecting light where I don’t want it 2. It adds more shadow to that side of Lucas (think of this blackout curtain like it’s removing light from that side.)

And you see that window behind Lucas? That’s in a perfect place to add a highlight to Lucas (see below in the final images that light is hitting his ear and cheek on the right side of the image.) Highlights that come from behind the subject help create more separation from your background, and add more texture to your image!

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3. USE A THEME

A simple way to make your pictures that much nicer is to use a theme! For baby pics, it’s also a great way to get them distracted and from moving all around. For this shoot I chose books! Lucas loves books, so it did keep him occupied for a little bit while I tweaked the lights and shot some pics.

And once you’re set, if you’re taking pics of a little one, make it QUICK! I usually have maybe 5ish minutes to take pictures of Lucas before he’s done. Thankfully he smiles real easily!!

Hope those tips were helpful! Here are some of my final images:

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