Easy natural light photography

August 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last weekend I was taking pictures of Kate and George and little 6 month old Jonah. With it being August the light is strong outside so to make sure that Jonah (and his parents!) were able to comfortably open their eyes, I positioned them on a chair by an open doorway, to get some lovely directional light. This was one of the resulting pictures:

Natural window lit baby portraitBaby natural light photographyThe warm tones of the background are a bit too fiery for my taste!

Whilst the lovely warm colours of the interiors are quite friendly feeling I think they were too distracting. One way around this is to turn the picture into B&W:

B&W photography of 6 month old baby on father's lapBaby photography WiltshireTurning the picture to B&W gets rid of colour distractions.

I was still not happy with the distracting background; whilst I wanted an informal picture using natural light I wanted a bit more focus on the baby, so I used my white pop up background and propped it up behind Jonah and Kate:

Baby photography WiltshireBaby photography WiltshireBeautiful mother and baby portrait Much better! You can use any clean sheet or large bit of card or foam to give the same effect. 

Baby sitting on mother's lapBaby photography WiltshireA plain white backdrop helps to concentrate the eye on the subjects. A mother and baby cuddlingBaby photography WiltshireA little baby cuddle! B&W family portraitBaby photography WiltshireFamily portrait

Try to experiment with window light in your home - the light can be amazing! 

 

 


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