This is the third in a series by I Heart Faces Contributor Keli Hoskins on photographing your baby. You can read the first two tutorials here:
Depending on your baby, months five and six can either be easy to capture or a bit more difficult. All of my babies have waited until at least 7 months to get mobile, but I know of babies who start crawling or scooting in their fifth or sixth month. If that’s the case for you, go with it and get lots of photos of crawling feet and baby tussles!
If your baby is a little more relaxed and not into crawling, then this is probably your last quiet phase before they start getting into everything. Embrace it and get as many photos as you can.
1. Sitting up.
This is my most favorite phase, because I’m not too busy chasing a baby around the house, but he can finally sit and play on his own for more than a few seconds, so I can actually get things done!
- Move them around the house to get various lighting situations.
- Shoot from various angles.
- Take them outside.
- Document special blankets or favorite toys.
A lot of babies start eating solids around this time, and even if you follow different methods of feeding your baby, messy food shots are always fun.
If you want to document baby’s first meal, try to aim for a time when s/he can be fed in daylight by someone else instead of waiting for dinner [when it's usually dark and requiring artificial light] or trying to feed and photograph by yourself.
If you have an older sibling who wants to help feed, document that, as well.
Or just get your camera when your 2-year old grabs the puffs and starts shoving them into your baby’s mouth.
3. Daily life
I’ll be completely honest here … the majority of my pictures from 2012 and 2013 are iPhone pictures. I have three kids [5 and under], the two kids that stay at home are 2 years and 7 months old, I am a runner [when I have the time to do it], and we are in the process of selling our current house, leasing it back, and building a new house. I know, I know – everyone in the world is busy – but I just don’t find myself taking pictures with my “real” camera that often.
So here is where I say … capture your daily life in whatever way works best for you.
My favorite iPhone apps are …
- Squaready: if you use Instagram to upload your pictures, this app will let you keep the dimensions of the image without forcing it into the IG square
Keli Hoskins is a busy mom of 3 kids, 5 and under. She spends her days changing diapers and cleaning the house and playing Candy Land and doing laundry and snuggling babies and making dinner and occasionally taking pictures. And that’s just the stuff she does for fun! You can follow her life and photos at Kidnapped by Suburbia.