Whether you're using a cell phone camera, a point-and-shoot or a fancy SLR, we hope these weekly photo tips will inspire you to branch out with your picture-taking and document your baby's growth in the most creative ways possible. Have a blast!
Something about spray bottles captivates toddlers. You won’t want her using any toxic cleansers (even “green” cleaners can irritate eyes, etc.), but she can still do windows: Just fill an empty spray bottle with water, hand over the paper towels and show her how it’s done. You’ll want to set up this shot when another adult can supervise so you can go outside and get a pic from the other side of the glass.
Your toddler can focus on toys for longer now – sit him on the floor with a Playmobile set or toy cars, and he’ll stay amused for… well, at least ten minutes. Which gives you time to grab your camera, lie on the floor near where your little one is playing and shoot some pictures of the scene from down low. Get in close enough and you’ll end up with the toys featured in the foreground and your baby’s intent face as a backdrop.
Your toddler is still just small enough for Dad or Grandpa to toss her in the air – way up in the sky, if you shoot it right. Stand close to the person who’s doing the tossing and point your camera up. You’ll catch the grown-up’s arms and hands stretched upward and your little one with a big-sky backdrop. To really freeze the action, use the “Sport” setting on your camera if it has one; this increases the shutter speed locks in the focus to reduce action blur.
Seems all babies love trying on mommy or daddy’s shoes for size. For the sake of an awesome picture, give her an all-access pass to the grown-up shoe closet and document the process: Choosing, trying on, and clomping around in her favorite pair. You’ll probably need to use flash for these images even with the closet light on, so try diffusing the flash with some tissue paper or other semi-opaque material to avoid overexposed spots on your baby’s face.