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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Photographing your children in indoor light

I've been working on tutorials for my upcoming class Simply Bliss: Basics of Childhood Photography  and I was thinking about all of the different light I've been photographing my children in. We've lived in lots of different places - some were better for photography than others. No matter what type of camera you are using if you pay attention to the light in your home and take advantage of spots in your home with pretty light you can get great photos! Unless noted otherwise most of these photos were taken with a point-and-shoot.

Here are a few of my favorite shots through the years:
Summer 2002
Beth as a baby - taken using a film SLR camera

Summer 2002Summer 2002
Beth & the hubs in our little apartment, there were some window that occasionally let in some pretty light.

Juice Girl
This is from when we lived in Montana - we had a nice window that got good light in the morning.

Summer 2003
Baby Emma, this was from when we were living with my parents. The light in our bedroom was just beautiful.

A favorite photo of our not-yet-two year old Beth

Here is Emma, we were living in a little duplex when I took this photo. We had one nice window for taking photos. This is one of my favorite photos from when we lived there.

Emma: September 2006
When we moved to our little house out in the country it was dark and generally not ideal for taking photos. My favorite place for taking photos was by the door - whenever it was open I could get some beautiful light.

Beth Summer 06
Another photo of Beth from that house. She was playing dress-up!

Summer 06
Katie-Abigail, crawling out the door!!

Emma - April 07
Here is Emma - my cutie-pie! We moved to a house with brighter light but I still liked to shoot by the door. I could get some cute shots of my kids pretty blue eyes there.

my little model for today
Here is a shot of Beth, taken near the door.

Josiah 1 week 9-26-07
Baby Josiah - taken near a window on my bed.

Katie Abigail
Katie-Abigail has the most beautiful eyes! This is the first shot so far that's taken with an SLR taken right by the door.

Emma all dressed up
Another favorite place to photograph was by my bathroom window.

Here's a shot of Emma taken near a window.

Here is a photo of Beth taken at our current home in the dining room. There is a nice bank of windows there that is almost always great for taking photos!

Josiah - also taken in the Dining Room - great window light there!

A photo of Beth taken from late summer by the door. There is often some pretty light there!

No matter where you live there is bound to be a spot or two with beautiful light! Once you learn to take advantage of it your photography will improve tremendously!


Ashley Sisk said...

Great tips Faith - it's pretty simple, find a door or window. Love that!

Yummy Mommy said...

Love the time frame.. I felt like I was growing them. You have captured them well. Thank you for the hint.. now if I can just get my daughter by the

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

beautiful pictures :) your kiddos are adorable!

Kristin said...

Wow! Such great photos and such beautiful children! Great post!! :)

Adriana Iris said...

i love my sun-room the light there is great TY for the post.

alicia said...

I guess if you do it right it really makes the eyes pop!

Michelle said...

Great post! You're kids are so sweet :) I loved the edited glitter shot too! I'm lucky in our new place we have great big sliding glass doors across the back of the house that let in some fantastic light (I just need to move all the kids toys and mess out the way if I want to take any photos, lol)

kbreints said...

You have such beautiful kids!

Becky said...

What beautiful children you have!! It was wonderful to get to see them growing up like that :)

krissilugbill said...

these are all beautiful shots! I need to work on this. I tend to get too frustrated and do most of my shooting outside, but would love to improve my indoor photography. Can't wait for class!

Ankush Samant said...

Cute children...awesome shots!

mommy of Five said...

love these...I've been working on natural light ones as well!! CAN NOT wait until we can have the windows and doors open!!! Spring may never get here BUT Summer will!!

Nicole said...

Wonderful capture through out the years! I really need to make sure to keep my indoor shots natural after editing.

Anne U said...

Great advice, thanks for posting.

Robin said...

Your children are beautiful! They have the most gorgeous eyes!! Love the dress in that very first picture!

Branson @ Reflection of Something said...

I know we were supposed to be looking at the lighting, but I was distracted by seeing your kids when they were little(er)! I have had to use indoor light almost exclusively with Aiden since starting my 365, and it does take practice and planning! Thanks for sharing these examples!

Becky said...

If you ever have time, can you do a tutorial on taking photos in direct sun, like at a playground at noon, how half their faces can be well lit and half can be in shadow? Or maybe they're partially shaded by a tree? The lit side is over so exposed and the dark side is always so dark. I have a hard time with partial shade with kids because they're always moving in and out of the sun so quickly, it's hard to change my settings! I'd appreciate it (one day) :)

Bobi said...

thank you for the tips and I have to say that you really have an eye for photography and you can see it in your work even with a point and shoot. nice work.