New Baby Is On the Way! The Sampson Clan

I’ve known the Sampsons since they were newlyweds. It’s so hard to believe they’re already expecting baby number two! So when they called to see if I was available to take some shots in preparation for an upcoming baby shower in their hometown, I jumped at the chance! Thanks for allowing me to capture this special moment in your lives. I am soooo excited for you guys! [Read more…]

How to Take Great Pictures Without a Backdrop — Family Photographer

A couple of weeks ago, I impulsively wanted to take some updated pictures of the kids. Maybe it was all this snow we’re having in the Washington, DC area that drove me to subject my two kids to a mini photo shoot just before church on a Sunday morning. Whatever it was, I desperately needed a spring pick-me-up and I knew photographing my babies was going to lift my spirit in no time!

So I dressed the kids in bright colors, then whipped out my camera and started snapping away.

Suddenly, I decided to create a makeshift backdrop to give the pictures a sort of “studio” feel. Even if you’re a mom or dad hoping to take better pictures of your kids and you don’t own a DSLR or other professional equipment, you can easily create more dynamic pictures by choosing a more appealing backdrop.

I would try a brick wall, wall paper, out in nature or the park, or even in front of curtains — sort of like what I did. Try and distance your subject about a foot or two in front of the backdrop to create depth. If you have squirmy little kids like mine, entice them with a stuffed animal or treats to encourage them to sit still. (Good luck with that! :-))

I happened to have some clean white, sheer drapes and placed those in front of a shower curtain, then hung both of those over a chair in my dining room where the lighting was its best. I chose to overlay my sheers onto the cotton shower curtain so that it wasn’t see-through, but kept its soft texture for my image. I thought the effect suited my subjects — my little ones.

I think this batch of pictures was quite successful, despite my futile attempts to get my 1.5 year old to sit still long enough for me to snap some photos of him!

Check them out and let me know what you think. And if you have ideas for creative backdrops, please share!

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