You absolutely do not need a big fancy DSLR to take a decent picture. If you have a camera or a camera phone that you know how to use to the best of its ability, that is ok! It is not necessary to break the bank for a fancy camera, especially without the proper knowledge on how to use it. With that being said, I DO use a DSLR myself. I often get messages asking what type of camera I use so I’ll go ahead and link it here for those of you asking.
You also don’t need a fancy studio to get photos of your kids – far from it in fact! Right smack in the middle of all the action downtown, in between shops, is this abandoned suite with the most adorable wood doors. I love bringing the kids here for pictures! Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. We have also used colorful walls in town as well as fun brick walls and my favorite, open streets with lots of trees! Basically you can make a photo back drop anywhere. The key component here is lighting. I snapped the photo above just before we left. You can see the lighting is spotty which is not ideal. We were lucky enough to catch the sun before it set on these doors which allowed for great photos. Shooting during full sunset is a bit tricky, but not impossible. If you are reading this, you are likely a beginner so I would suggest that you look for shade until you are better familiar with your camera settings.
I’m not typically a huge prop person, but given that its the holiday’s I pulled out some of our favorites. You can’t go wrong with a simple Christmas tree and a few other decorations – just be careful not to over due it because too many props can quickly take over the focus of your photo.
Janie and Jack is my all time favorite go-to when it comes to toddler clothing, especially for special occasions. I think their clothing line speaks for itself, but for those of you who have never been to a Janie and Jack store before, their quality is top notch. Literally, you can’t beat it.
Shop Isabella & Giovanni’s outfits here:
More fun looks from the Janie and Jack Holiday Collection!
There is no doubt that Photoshop and Lightroom are favorites for professional photographers in aspect of editing software. However, these programs are not cheap. Looking for an alternative? I’ve got a list of the top 3 free apps that you’ll want to take advantage of!
Personally, I use and love Lightroom myself, but if you are not a hobbyist or professional photographer, there really is no need to purchase. Try one of those three apps instead!