Props and Backgrounds

Okay so here I am still photographing babies that can’t sit up and still photographing them from above.   Sometimes all you can do are the shots from above because the background just isn’t right or there is just to much going on around you. A great way to add something just a little different to these must do shots is the use of props. It can be anything from adding a blanket and some simple toys, to a stuffed animal, to even flowers or fruit.  Yes I’ve used fruit…lol. Below are a few examples of how you can really break up the monotony of the taking pictures of babies from above.  And don’t be afraid to stand on a chair or a step stool and always shoot from directly above your subject…like a little bird hovering above them. The distance from you to the baby can add a lot of depth to your picture as well. 

 

 

 

You can add a blanket like I did here to add texture, place a few simple wooden toys and viola!! Out fit: Baby Gap teethers: Oh Just Dandy Stuffed toy: By Maileg from the Fawn Shoppe Wooded toys: by Green Tones from Amazon

You can add a blanket like I did here to add texture, place a few simple wooden toys and viola!! Out fit: Baby Gap teethers: Oh Just Dandy Stuffed toy: By Maileg from the Fawn Shoppe Wooded toys: by Green Tones from Amazon

Sometimes the whole reason you are sick of shooting from above is because you don't like the stained carpet in the only spot in the house that has light or the awesome 70's linoleum floors that the previous owners left behind...Bahaha. A great way to hide this is to use fun blankets for your backgrounds. It can fill up the entire frame and look really cool.   Top: Mabo Kids Hat: The Blueberry Hill Blanket: Nordstrom  

Sometimes the whole reason you are sick of shooting from above is because you don’t like the stained carpet in the only spot in the house that has light or the awesome 70’s linoleum floors that the previous owners left behind…Bahaha. A great way to hide this is to use fun blankets for your backgrounds. It can fill up the entire frame and look really cool.   Top: Mabo Kids Hat: The Blueberry Hill Blanket: Nordstrom  

Here is a fun example of that same fun blanket with a little added texture and color from the grass. Shirt: Mini Zara Bloomers: by Seesaw at Thumbeline  

Here is a fun example of that same fun blanket with a little added texture and color from the grass. Shirt: Mini Zara Bloomers: by Seesaw at Thumbeline  

Fruit fruit fruit...I literally cut up a bunch of fruit from the many fruit trees in out back yard. Then I copy and pasted them throught the picture to make it look like I cut up even more...but that's for another post, fun with photo apps. Bloomers:  Bobo Choses Booties: Padraig Cottage  

Fruit fruit fruit…I literally cut up a bunch of fruit from the many fruit trees in out back yard. Then I copy and pasted them throught the picture to make it look like I cut up even more…but that’s for another post, fun with photo apps. Bloomers:  Bobo Choses Booties: Padraig Cottage  

Look around you, be creative. What can you find a lot of and use to your advantage? In this case I used leaves in a circle pattern. You could do any shape, you could place them anywhere in the frame. What about a line of leaves at the bottom of this square. This was a lot of fun to do.  Just experiment. Outfit is all Older baby gap Booties see photo above Bloomers: Nili Lotan but they are not available anymore

Look around you, be creative. What can you find a lot of and use to your advantage? In this case I used leaves in a circle pattern. You could do any shape, you could place them anywhere in the frame. What about a line of leaves at the bottom of this square. This was a lot of fun to do.  Just experiment. Outfit is all Older baby gap Booties see photo above Bloomers: Nili Lotan but they are not available anymore

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  1. Kelly March 19, 2015

    Hi Katie! Love the blog. John called and told me you might need some older kids to photograph. My son is 2 and my daughter is 4! Let me know. I’d love to help out. –Kelly Munguia [email protected]

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