Note: Taking Your Own Photos
When I got pregnant, the first thing I did was begin to research photography. I AM OBSESSED WITH PHOTOS + I knew right then, I needed to take one billion starting from the moment Jack was born. When I started researching, I was literally blown away by what photographers were charging for even little 30 minute sessions. I'm lucky to be married to a really creative husband + I am a budget freak, so when we started to look over costs to have photos taken of Jack - just for the first year - Cody immediately was like, "I can do this."
So we started practicing. And we are by no means really that great, and I still hire professionals sometimes! But it has been such a blessing knowing just the basics of photography so I can take semi-decent photos on not so important occasions like Halloween, or milestones, etc. I do still pay a professional to take major photos like Newborns, Christmas Cards, and I will definitely be hiring someone for Jack's first birthday!
But I get questions quite a lot on how we learned how to take the photos i feature on my blog. I'm not a good photographer at ALL so I asked Caley (my sister who took the above of Jack) and Cody (my husband who takes almost all of the Noterie photos) for some advice:
- Invest in Equipment: I don't mean spend like $2000 on your first camera. We shoot the majority of our photos with a Canon Rebel t3i. I bought it in 2011 as my birthday present + we still use it today! It was $600 and has lasted more than 6 years. I highly recommend starting with a good camera that is decently priced. You don't want to buy an insanely complicated $3000 camera that you can't understand, so start simple but good quality + work up!
- Invest in a Lense: This is next on my list! We're eyeing down new lenses for our Canon. Lenses are a big investment but can totally transform your photos. Once you get the hang of your camera, splurge for a new lense.
- Natural Lighting: We take every single photo with natural lighting. It is THE BEST! I love bright, airy photos + that's what natural lighting will get you. Natural lighting is best done in the shade by adjusting your aperture + iso. This can be complicated at times, because if it's super sunny out - you're not going to get the best photos. I used to love super sunny days + now I'm so pumped when it's slightly overcast because I'm like "yay! perfect picture weather!"
- Be Yourself: Don't try to be all hipster + stare at the camera seductively if that's not your style. My favorite photos are the ones we take when we're just doing life + not posing. I love taking our own photos because we have no time pressure or pressure to be in perfect moods. Taking your own photos allows you to just be yourself, be vulnerable, be real + I really think some of my fav photos of us have come out of moments at home when we're not dressed to a t + life isn't totally perfect that day.
- Practice: Give yourself grace + practice, practice, practice. Sometimes we take 300 photos and only like 10. Sometimes we have awesome days where we love every shot we take! We're still learning + I think everyday, we learn something new!
- Editing: If you have access, I really like to edit photos afterwards in Adobe Lightroom. We try to get the photos perfect while we are shooting so that they require little editing afterwards, but Lightroom is awesome to adjust lighting, straighten a photo, etc.
Anyone else take their own photos? What do you guys suggest?