1. Look for the light. Natural light is your friend. Watch the light in your house and the time of the day. You don’t want sunlight that is directly shining in. If it’s a bright day if the sun is on one side of your house, look at the light coming in the opposite side of the house. If it’s an overcast day any window may work.
2. Turn off the lights where you will be taking the pictures. They can put off different colors and you want only the color from the sunlight. Also not having lights from different directions will help you get pretty shadows.
3. Declutter your background. If you want the viewers eye drawn directly to your subject you will want to declutter the area around them that will be photographed.
4. Position the subject so the light it’s at a 45-90 degree angle. You don’t want to take a picture directly in front of a window because the subject will be underexposed. You don’t want to take it directly on with the light behind you or you will have “flat” lighting. You want the light to come from the side to create beautiful shadows.
5. Try a variety of angles. Get all the details, try up close and further away. Experiment it is part of the fun!
It would have been better in the picture by the window if I was able to get her to look a little more towards the window to get better lighting on her face, but working with 1 1/2 year olds isn’t the easiest 🙂 If you have any questions let me know!
Stefanie Nicole Photography studio is located in LeRoy, NY. Also serving surrounding areas which include, but are not limited to Buffalo, Syracuse, LeRoy, Batavia, Pavilion, Geneseo, Spencerport, Pittsford, Penfield, Webster, Chili Henrietta, Gates, Brockport, East Rochester, Irondequoit, and Fairport.

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