Tips For Baby Photography Success: Featuring Baby Model Aiden B.

We had the honor of doing a photoshoot for SF Bay Area’s very own baby model Aiden B.

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Look at those dimples!

His mother(Khrista) needed photos for his 1st birthday coming up in October. The party theme is fishing. Khrista changed him into his “The Big One” t-shirt, then we headed to the park to give it that outdoorsy look.

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So much joy in his eyes.

 

Baby Photog Challenges

Baby photography can be challenging depending on age and personality, of the baby. Sometimes for many unknown baby-reasons, the baby won’t want to cooperate.

Other times it’s simple because the baby will listen or just have a great personality and connection with the photographer. This is great because then he or she will give you great shot opportunities.

Aiden was the latter. We got plenty of great shot opportunities. Especially since Khrista was only looking for the one money shot.

 

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Mommy loves to hold my hands!

Behind the Scenes Coverage

I actually was second camera at this shoot. So I was able to get some great behind the scenes shots of main camera operator one.

Tips, Tricks: Snacks & Sillies

Some techniques we used were common, resourceful and a success. All we needed was a can of snacks and some silly words and games that baby Aiden loves so much he pretty much would smile on cue. Khrista was great at knowing when these 2 tools were needed.

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Where’s my crunchies?

 

Posing, Candids & Close-ups

Now let’s discuss the baby poses, or lack thereof. For babies it really depends on their age, mood and personality that tells if they are going to pose for the camera. But the easy part is, babies are so adorable that candids and their natural behaviors often work just fine.

 

The photoshoot took a little less than 20 minutes and we got plenty of usable shots that Khrista(mom) LOVED! Camera one decided when to call it a wrap and we packed up to head out.

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After a hard days work time for my nap!

Baby-Photo Color Correction & Editing

While editing these photos, I was mostly going for a soft, warm look you know, since he’s a baby. There were some that I did very little editing to because I really liked the natural look of the BTS shots, those greens and that natural daylight lighting was great. It was a perfect day for a photoshoot and great weather, except it was about 108 degrees f. out there.

The Soft Look

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The Natural Daylight Look

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The Guide to a Free Photoshoot

We had some free time so we decided to go out for a Photoshoot. We put together a short-fast-& easy photoshoot that took little to no planning at all. Our objective was to go through a short day-plan of what an actual photoshoot would look like, but for 0 budget.

We covered a few of the essentials that every basic photoshoot should include. This photoshoot was mutually beneficial for the photographer and the model and that’s really our key here. TIP: find a friend whose willing to practice with you, this way you can both grow your repertoire, experience and your portfolios. Our tasks at bay were to practice posing a model, take on multiple locations, try out different camera angles. The strategy was to practice shooting as well as to brush up on some new modern-day techniques for both modeling and photography. After all you should never stop learning, even when you start your own business.

The photoshoot was a lot of fun, we stayed local to keep it very very low budget yet still fun and simple as ever. The advantages to this type of photoshoot environment are:

very low stress which is great for practice
plenty of time to take notice of body placement and other tiny details such as
movement
angles
artistic feel
and it’s so great for learning.

Like I said, we wanted to keep this to the lowest budget as possible, so anyone can mimic our Basic Photoshoot day. With this said, this shoot was all shot in one location. We actually just stayed at my parents home in the Silicon Valley and created three separate locations within that one location. Each location gave the photos a whole new and separate look.  Some of the photos may look as if we are all over the place but really we were in the comfort of our own home. Talk about really low-budget this was really easy and doable for anyone.

Location:

We started off in the front yard, and placed the model on an antique chair in front of the most beautiful, vibrant red rose bush. Photographer Justin instructed me through some poses that he has been wanting to practice shooting for portraits. Taking photos of a real  person is one great form of practice. For a model it is always great to practice modeling poses to stay comfortable in front of the camera and learn all the modern-day model poses and techniques. So the first pose was a relaxed sitting pose on a beautiful antique looking chair. We actually started off in my mother’s living room she calls it her angel room but the evening approach to lot faster than we had anticipated so we had to move it onto the front yard we were trying to catch the sunset for a second location away from my parents house about few blocks down but we ran out of time just trying to get these poses just right.

First Pose:

Sitting Pose: So for the first post for me as the model I was practicing trying to look comfortable even though I was you know in a very awkward sitting position I’m a bit shorter so too lean my elbows on my knees it would make my head very low and make for a really awkward look so I had to tiptoe on my to get my elbows to be higher on my knees so that I can rest my hand on my face rest my face on my hand to make it more of a cuter look like the post Justin wanted to practice so the tricky part here was actually trying to get my hand not to look so awkward most the times you can tell when a model is an amateur or professional when you can’t even notice how awkward her hands are placed his his or her hands are placed so I was really just working on that brushing up on that and Justin was working on on how to construct a model to to you know put her hands naturally so I will show you some of the shots we got of the first book the first post I kept one outfit for all locations just to make it fast and simple and easy to do so anyone can do this and then we went on with the

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Pose 1

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Second Pose:

Side Profile Portrait: The Second pose which was in “location 2” we moved to the backyard and it was actually a standing pose where I trust face diagonal from the camera but have my hands and face looking at the camera but my body turning on angle away from the camera slightly this picture didn’t really come out clean honest I didn’t really care for any of them so we moved on to a different background so we moved on to my parents wooden patio and that’s when I got the inspiration for the main pose which was falling so we did we did some along for the wooden patio on the bench and that one was a lot of fun.

 

Third Pose:

The third pose was taken on my parents beautiful wooden deck, it’s actually  what inspired our main photo. The deck is where we started practicing posing with the shy girl shoulders and the used a natural natural relaxed open mouth.

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Forth Pose:

The wooden deck is what inspired our main photo, we moved over to the fence along the passion vines, and couldn’t get a good shot there, so I thought what if we got along the other side of the fence. That’s where the money shot was. We used the shy girl shoulders and the natural “cheese” word for that smile. There’s many words to practice with!

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Pose 3

 

Coming soon…

In my next post I’ll be including a Photoshoot modeling Guide.  With the guide, I’ll be telling you how you too can also easily practice your modeling techniques and/or photography techniques. The techniques in this post will include: How to become more comfortable in front of the camera. Different words you can say to get that natural facial, simple basic poses to play with your body movement and different techniques to get that model look.

 

How to Get Started

The secret behind getting started is to start! It really is that easy. There’s only a few simple steps to do to help prepare you to get started:

  1. Set some goals
  2. Create a timeline of actionables
  3. Set a deadline or due date – a HARD due date
  4. Get started !

that I’ll touch on in the next paragraph, I’m here to tell you your first step to success.
It’s a struggle that everyone shares and that’s how to get started. It’s actually a lot easier than most make it out to be. There’s a really great trick here and it’s a simple thing. The trick is every day, do one thing. Yep, ONE thing! With this exercise we are hoping you complete more than one thing, but completing one thing a day is a great start to create momentum to finish other things through out the day.

That’s all you have to do is finish one thing. That’s the secret to getting started. Give your self a goal, and a deadline. This will help you to make sure the one thing gets done. It’s sort of like Nike, you have to Just Do It!

Like they say, the hardest part is starting, so once you get that out of the way, you’re all set and ready to go. This post is somewhat related to my Motivated To-Do list post. The hardest part here would be the timeline of actionable, if that seems like busy work, skip it and just get to setting the due date. Once the due date is set you are ready to go.

Today my “One Thing” was to write a blog post. I went around it all day, added stuff to my website, did some work for my media business. Created some forms for some clients and cleaned up around the house. Right now I’m finishing that blog post and I’m getting ready to start dinner. Now here’s my one thing, comment below what your “One Thing” was for today! If you didn’t do anything comment me what your “One Thing” will be for tomorrow! Good luck ! Let’s get motivated! The only way to achieve your goals is to get started and get things done.

 

 

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The #1 Reason Why People Give Up Their Dream

Let’s do something real here. Let’s do a heart check. Where are you in your life right now? Are you working towards your dream? Where did you think you would be at this point in your life? Where do you want to be in the near future? What do you want to be doing?

Your answers will vary, some of you might get down on your self, emotional, depressed, angry. But try to be positive, there’s still time for you to turn this all around. You can still achieve your goals and I’m going to tell you how in a just 5 do-able steps.

But first, we need to talk. There’s a harsh reality that just set in, you might have just realized that you gave up on your dream, you gave up on yourself. This isn’t healthy and it’s absolutely not okay. According to a study in the academic journal Social Forces, only 6 percent of adults end up in the careers they dreamt about as kids.

 

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To some of us this is a good thing, there are those of us who wanted to be a cartoon character, or Elvis. All jokes aside, though, there are the rest of you who held your dream dear to your hearts. The harsh reality is we’ve literally lost out on tens of thousands of passionate doctors, presidents, teachers, musicians, motivational speakers etc… All these dreams were thrown away and for a simple and avoidable reason.

The #1 reason why people give up on their dreams is sadly because they simply don’t believe in themselves. They honestly think they can not make a difference, and are not good enough to achieve their goals.

  1. Self-Motivation: Use the heart check from the beginning of this post as motivation. Answer all 4 questions truthfully and seriously, use your answers as a start to a turning point. Just because these answers are a place holder for the present doesn’t mean they can’t be a foundation for the future.
  2. Healthy-Confidence: There’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness. It’s hard to work with someone who is stuck-up can cocky. But it’s also hard to work with someone who is insecure, shy and unprofessional. It is very important to build your self esteem and self love and confidence. This is how you’ll grow your courage, and you’ll also start to notice some motivational forces growing inside you.
  3. Support System: Make sure to share your passions, talents and gifts with your loved ones and closest confidants. These are the ones who will support you, make sure you explain to them what it is you love and WHY! Why is very important in helping them understand your message and goal. Tip: Tell someone you really trust one of your short-term goals, ask them to simply keep you accountable.
  4. Encourage-Motivate-Inspire: These are the pillars that For The Honor exists on. We pride our selves in filling you up with encouragement in a way that leads to your motivation by inspiring you with your own love for your passion. Now that’s deep!
  5. Spiritual Guidance: Spiritual guidance is not last because it’s the least important,
    but I saved the best for last. It’s very crucial to have a spiritual healthy heart. God created you with a purpose, provided you with a gift and filled you with passion.

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