We’ve partnered with Canon to bring you a three post blog series on capturing your baby’s moments and milestones in the easiest way possible. With the help of their site, babymoments.ca we’ve learned that using a DSLR camera is not as intimidating as we thought and we wanted to share the process with you in the hopes that you will be inspired to capture some of your baby’s sweet moments too.
We live in a social society, where the only photo albums many of us have are on Facebook and Instagram. Our phones are equipped with cameras and the ability to upload photos immediately to our social networks, which has made it easier to share our lives and our images with a broader audience in real time. We are no longer limited to the twenty four exposures on our roll of film as digital photography gives us the freedom to snap until we capture the moment perfectly. With very little barrier to taking pictures at every whim, it has led to most of us stockpiling these digital files on our devices, leaving them to hang on our Facebook walls rather than those in our home. Having this great supply of memories to look back on is indeed a great asset to have, but what happens to those photos that never get printed or are lost forever in a computer crash?
We have partnered with Canon to encourage you to capture those baby moments and milestones that you might not otherwise take with your phone or point and shoot digital camera. Taking time to set up a shot and thoughtfully capture those amazing little details and moments in time that they outgrow so quickly might inspire you to print it out and frame it. While it can be intimidating to use a DSLR or “fancy camera” we were so happy to find Canon’s Baby Moments site that gives step by step instructions and video tutorials on how to easily take some beautiful shots of your baby that are professional quality and possibly even wall worthy! We tried the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and loved how easy it was to use. What’s even better, it has Wi-Fi capabilities that allow you to upload the images directly to your smartphone so we were still able to share instantly on our social channels when we wanted to. Keep reading to the end of this post to find out how you can win a Canon EOS Rebel T6i and a EF 50mm f/1.8 STM portrait lens of your own!
We wanted to find out just how easy or hard it would be to capture baby moments at different stages and ages so we recruited some beautiful baby models to help us with our experiment. In this three part blog series we will photograph a newborn, a 3 month old and a 12 month old and put the camera as well as the tips on babymoments.ca to test!
The Shoot: Capturing Newborn Moments
First up is Baby Ari. At just two weeks old, he was the perfect candidate for our newborn image trial. Canon’s babymoments.ca site is broken down into specific age categories and types of images/moments to take so it was easy for us to go through to the 0-3 months category to find out what types of shots we wanted to attempt. We decided that capturing Ari’s tiny details was a great way to start out. We followed the site’s step by step instructions to get the shots we wanted. Here is how we achieved them:
- We found a bright room with a window that let in lots of natural light.
- Using a soft blanket, we created a place to comfortably rest Baby Ari for his paparazzi moment.
- We used the Canon EOS Rebel T6i paired with a EF 50mm f/1.8 STM portrait lens and set the dial to Portrait mode or “P”
- Got down on our hands and knees and went to work snapping all of his tiny details.
We loved how they came out! Baby Ari was the perfect model and we were able to really capture his tiny fingers and toes and his beautifully alert eyes and dark hair. The entire process of shooting the images took no longer than 20 minutes and we are so happy with the results.
Would you like the opportunity to win the equipment we used for this shoot to capture your own precious baby moments? Login to the Rafflecopter below, answering the question “Which of your baby’s memories or moments are you most excited to document?” Leave a comment with your answer and you will be entered to win a Canon EOS Rebel T6i and a EF 50mm f/1.8 STM portrait lens of your own! This contest will run from Friday, August 12th to Monday, August 15th at 11:59pm EST. Contest Rules and Regulations.
*Update: Congratulations to Melissa Siddall, the winner of the Canon Baby Moments contest. Thank you to all who entered. Stay tuned for our next installment in the Canon Baby Moments series where we are talking tips on taking photos at 3-6 months.