1. Wait for night (this was hard for me. You can tell in the picture with both boys that I didn't wait for it to get super dark.)
2. All of the lights off except the tree. I used a lamp across the room to cheat a little and give me a little light.
3. Camera in manual mode with the following settings as a guideline:
Aperture all the way open (mine was f 1.8)
Shutter speed slowish (mine was 1/250)
ISO super high (mine was at 5000)
>>> NO FLASH! <<<
Shameless plug - I teach a basics of photography class that will teach you what all of these thing mean :)
4. Snap way! Who cares if they're technically perfect - have fun with your kiddos. The picture of Landon above... he was calling our tree a gum-nut. I'm not even sure what that means but he thought it was hilarious and made for a cute picture.
Full disclosure, I did edit my final pictures just for personal preference.
You can also do these types of pictures during the day for a different, but still fun, look.
The age where they toe the line of independent toddler and baby- this is one of my favorite and sweetest ages to photograph.
Yeah, it was a good night at Folly Beach.
So many smiles this morning from this handsome boy!
The last time I photographed this little girl at the beach, she was just crawling and mostly ate sand. I got to spend last night chasing her around as she explored Folly Beach.
Wrapped up the weekend with one of my sweet newborns who went and grew up. She still has her great head of hair
These two sweet kids were so much fun to work with. One ended up soaking wet. Can you guess which one?