I am by no means a pro photographer but I’m so pleased with the DIY 1st birthday photo shoot I did with Melie. I’ve taken some pics that I can look back on and the best part is it wasn’t even that stressful to put together.
Here are my 3 tips for planning and executing a DIY birthday photo shoot at home.
1) Have a clear idea of what you envisage
My 1st tip is to Google ideas on Pinterest. Create a board and then use it to get ideas for props and angles. I knew we were going to go with the Teddy Bears’s Picnic theme as that was what her birthday party theme was. This meant I had all the props on hand and didn’t have to think too hard about how to style the shoot.
If you’re having a themed birthday party for your one year old, use the leftover props and decorations to stage your photo shoot. If not perhaps think of another theme you like the idea of or just grab a few of their special toys or their favourite things.
2) Choose a time that’s good for the both of you
My 2nd tip for a DIY 1st birthday photo shoot is to do it when both you and your baby are happy. It should be fun and not stressful! This is the beauty of taking the photos yourself as you can ‘cancel’ taking the photos because it’s not like you’re messing around a professional photographer.
Our pictures were taken two days after her actual birthday when everything had calmed down. The weather was nice outside and Melie had just woken up for a nap so I seized the opportunity.
3) Take heaps of photos
My 3rd tip for a DIY photoshoot is to take like a gazillion photos – close up… Far away… Looking at the camera… Looking away.
When I looked back I was really surprised at some of the pictures. There were a couple of close up shots where the props weren’t really visible but her shining face beaming up at me was just perfect!