9 Ways to Capture the Magic of Mornings Through Photography
Mornings are a memorable time of day when a little sunlight from an open window and a baby yawn can transform mundane routines into magical ones. To remember these special moments, create an album of the things you love best about the start of the day.
Snap One of a Sleeping Baby
Before your baby wakes up, take a picture of her sleeping. I love the images I’ve captured when I slipped in the nursery a few minutes before my babies woke up, opened a curtain to let in a little natural light and caught that memorable sleep pose that won’t last forever.
Use the Light
The best part about mornings? Light! Go to the light! Find the nook in your home where morning light streams in, and try getting a good backlit shot. Play around with shutter speed and span the lens across your subject until you catch that burst of light.
Go with the Flow
Don’t pose your morning shots. Go about your morning as you always do, and photograph the moments as they happen. Pajamas, breakfast-crusted cheeks, a few messes on the bedroom floor, an unmade bed—this is real life, and you want your photos to reflect that.
Take a Two for One
Try capturing two morning routines at once. Do you drink your coffee while you give your kids a bath? Read the morning newspaper while you oversee your baby picking Cheerios from the high chair tray? Capture both by focusing on the inanimate object and having your baby blurred in the background.
Go Beyond the Bath
The bathroom isn’t the only place to get good morning bath shots. I like to carry my clean babies to a bed near good window light, and that’s where I get some of my best shots. Capture the hooded towel, the wrinkled toes, and the naked baby who never fails to attempt an escape.
Make a List
Jot down a list of twenty things you love about mornings to give you ideas for what to capture. Don’t forget the little things. Some of my favorites? The way my daughter always managed to lose one sock in the night, the security blanket that got dragged around for the first hour of the morning, and tiny feet in the air during diaper changes.
Hail the Highchair
I love high chair photos. Make the most of your baby’s morning breakfast shots by scooting the high chair where the most light comes in. Experiment with different angles, and don’t be afraid to include some of the background in the shot. In this photo, the plants behind the high chair add interest.
Get In There
Don’t forget—you’re part of the morning routine too! Ask your partner or use a self timer to capture a moment of the morning you don’t want to forget. This photo of my friend attending to her twins’ morning feeding routine was a ritual she didn’t want to forget.
Capture a Yawn
I call baby yawn photos “money shots.” You might have to wait, camera ready, like a bird watcher to capture one, but it’s such a nostalgic part of babyhood and early mornings, and every mama should have a good shot of her baby yawning.
Kelle Hampton is a mom, photographer, blogger, and author who lives in sunny Florida. To learn more about her, visit Enjoying the Small Things.
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