I don’t know about yours, but my Facebook feed is chock-full of baby announcements and baby bumps.
I hate to add to the excessiveness, but I do want to share a few photos of a baby shower I recently co-hosted. And by “recently” I mean about eight months ago. Cheers to procrastination.
Now, I’m no expert photographer. And I would never claim to be. (Social media is far too full of people who claim to be experts at things they’re just not, amiright?)
However, I usually bring my DSLR to baby showers and similar events to get a few high-quality shots for the person we’re celebrating. So I have a few tips to share with you, particularly if you’re new-ish to photographing events or new to owning a DSLR.
Less about how to use your camera and more about the kinds of shots you should capture, these tips will help you avoid that “crap, I didn’t get a picture of that!” moment.
I took roughly 200 photos at this shower, hosted for one of my best friends, Nicole, and her now four-month-old baby, Noah. The ones I uploaded below are some of my favorites. They capture all the elements—orange hues from the hostess’s wall color, soft natural light, cute decor, and lots of laughter—that helped create the atmosphere and personality of this special day.
Capture the details with a detailed perspective.
Even when we don’t realize it, these details play a big role in creating the look and feel of an event. They define the aesthetic.
Fabric texture, food texture, flowers, patterns on decor—photograph these elements up close. Lower your f-stop to create a shallow depth of field that makes the details pop.
I’m obsessed with detail (and a really wide aperture), so the details are the first things I photograph.
Capture sequences of an event.
I find that capturing the major steps of an event or process help to better recreate stories. Look at the next three photos for an example—I photographed a very brief process of onesie decorating.
This is a great way to photograph mom-to-be when she’s opening gifts. Photograph her picking up a gift, unwrapping the gift, and reacting to the gift.
Take advantage of lighting.
This is a universal tip for photographing any subject—after all, we wouldn’t have photographs without light.
But particularly with baby showers and bridal showers, let light flood into your camera for certain shots. It’ll help you capture those soft, etherial tones that characterize these events.
Half Orange Photography is the master of leveraging lighting. Go check them out for some serious inspiration.
Take at least two photos of every person who attends.
This one can be challenging to remember, especially if you don’t know every person at the shower. I tend to get lost in the moment, focusing on taking a pretty photo but forgetting who’s in it.
Be sure to capture family photos.
I frequently hear newly weds complain how their photographer didn’t get enough photos of the family, especially parents. Helloooooo. Family members are the most important people at weddings—and showers. Don’t leave them out.
Nicole with her mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law:
Nicole and her mom:
Nicole’s mom and in-laws:
Make sure you’re in a photo, too.
This one’s also easy to forget. Adjust your manual settings and take a test shot to be sure the lighting is right. Then pass your camera to whoever is close by so you can get at least one picture with you in it.
Shower hostesses from left to right: Katy, Katie, Nicole (mom-to-be), Me!, Brittany
Have any suggestions to add? Did I leave anything out? Share in the comments!
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